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Colorado potato storage to finish before 2019 fresh-crop harvest

Rolling into mid-summer, Colorado’s storage potato crop is a little long on volume and, while somewhat disappointing, prices are not bad, according to James Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee.

Ehrlich said that Colorado packer-shippers expect to sellout their storage crop by Labor Day, which generally will mark the beginning of the 2019 fresh-crop harvest. Colorado’s potatoes are holding well in storage, he said. While potato prices often show a summertime price uptick, that may not come this summer, with other growing areas perhaps holding more potatoes than were previously reported.

Regarding the upcoming new Colorado crop, as of June 21, “it’s about 10 days behind schedule,” Ehrlich said. “While some growers planted early, cool weather had brought all fields to about equal production maturity. The quality of the crop looks excellent.”

Read the full report in The Produce News here