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Florida potato harvest begins; growers happy with conditions

Florida’s potato harvest has kicked off and growers are happy with conditions during the growing season thus far. At the moment, the harvest is mainly concentrated in southern parts of the state but will gradually make its way north as the month progresses.

Growers in South Florida have enjoyed a relatively uneventful winter, with negligible frost or other weather with the potential to impact the crop.

“Our harvest began Monday and most of South Florida has also just started or is about to start their harvest,” said Matthew Burman of Mack Farms in Lake Wales.

“We have had perfect weather conditions in the lead up, avoiding frost and receiving just the right amount of moisture. Yield is expected to be close to the long term average. Quality, however, looks set to be excellent. The stands are very nice and uniform and we are seeing very good sets in the fields.”

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