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Idaho growers expect strong quality on spud crop

The Idaho fresh potato crop features strong quality and a mix of sizes for 2018, with russet norkotahs tending toward larger sizes and russet burbanks showing a mix of sizes. Industry leaders reported increased acreage for processing but reduced acreage for fresh market potatoes.

“I’ve been all over the state the last few weeks. And I tell you that the quality looks really good this year,” said Travis Blacker, industry relations director for the Idaho Potato Commission. Tyler Heward, chief operations officer for Arrowhead Potato Co., Rupert, Idaho, said the crop has shown excellent quality so far.

The majority of Idaho potatoes have been harvested under ideal conditions, said Steve Elfering, vice president of operations for Potandon Produce LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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