News September 2019

Late summer weather very important to Wisconsin spuds

Wisconsin’s 2019 potato crop has largely bounced back from rough springtime planting weather.

“The crop is quite variable,” said Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, based in Antigo, WI. “Some fields have excellent size and quality tubers.”

It is too early to predict how the new crop is going to finish, but the harvest date is expected to be seven to 10 days later than normal. The crop had been two weeks late, but good weather from July into mid-August helped the fields catch up in production.

This could be a good crop with the right Wisconsin weather at the end of August and into September.

Because of the late start and inconsistent production from one field to the next, bad weather this year could really hurt final production numbers. Houlihan recalled last year’s rough landing with too much rain, and then too much heat, climaxed by a hard freeze. 

Full report in The Packer here