US: Potato marketers see lower volumes, firm pricing

Tough growing conditions in some regions — and a wide range of temperatures during harvest — led to a U.S. potato crop that marketers describe as about average.Tough growing conditions in some regions — and a wide range of temperatures during harvest — led to a U.S. potato crop that marketers describe as about average. “This year we faced a few obstacles, with frequent springtime rains and higher-than-normal fall temperatures,” said Tim Huffcutt, marketing director with the Bancroft, Wis.-based Russet Potato Exchange Inc. “It affected the overall potato crop portfolio, but we are grateful to be experiencing average yields per acre.” Quality is high, Huffcutt said. “In fact, new crop red potatoes have been some of the best we have seen.” In Friesland, Wis., Alsum Farms & Produce finished its harvest later than normal on Oct. 26 because of unseasonably warm temperatures that reached into the 90s. “Overall, the size profile is larger in size (than) previous years,” said Christine Lindner, national sales and marketing manager with Alsum Farms. More