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Weather issues affect US potato crops

Weather issues during the 2019 growing and harvest season had potato prices soaring during the pre-holiday period, with little change expected after the first of the year, marketers said.

A hard freeze swept into Idaho in October and affected some of the crop, although most spuds across the state had come out of the ground by then, said Ross Johnson, international marketing director with the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission.

“There has been quite a bit of talk concerning the Idaho crop this year; the fact is that 85% of the state’s potatoes were harvested before the freeze came,” he said. 

Not only that, he said, the commission received reports that the potatoes harvested before the freeze were “very high-quality spuds.” 

Nevertheless, the Idaho industry recognized “that the freeze created an unprecedented disruption to our normal supply to gear up for the holiday season,” Johnson said.

Read the full report by The Packer here.