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Market Report December 6th, 2017
Published on: 12/06/2017
The chip potato market is extremely quiet. Dealers are showing no interest in open chip potatoes, though there may be some trading between growers, to cover those who came up short on their contracts. We still hear concerns about the storability of this year’s crop, but chip companies are counting on enough storage potatoes to carry northern plants into June.
Market Report November 29th, 2017
Published on: 11/29/2017
Chip plants continue to run almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Dealers believe that open potatoes would sell for close to contract prices, but they cannot verify any business at that level. Buyers are in discussions with Florida growers, but there have been no deals so far. The trade expects contract volumes to be down from last year, but buyers are still trying to determine how many potatoes they need.
Market Report November 22nd, 2017
Published on: 11/22/2017
Chip potato markets are quiet ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Buyers are confident that growers have plenty of potatoes to fill contracts, in spite of Michigan’s late-season loss..
Market Report November 15th, 2017
Published on: 11/15/2017
USDA estimates US fall potato production at 398.9 million cwt. That is down 7.7 million cwt from the 2016 crop, a 1.9% decline. In general, production losses in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Washington and Oregon) were partially offset by increased production in the central states. However, industry experts throughout the Midwest believe that USDA is overstating the size of crops in those regions.
Market Report November 8th, 2017
Published on: 11/09/2017
Michigan is the only place in North America with potatoes left to harvest. Growers have managed to dig a few more potatoes over the last week, but more than 3% of the crop is left to dig. Any potatoes left in the ground after tomorrow night are likely to be abandoned. Temperatures are forecast to drop as low as 18º F, and remain below freezing for close to 60 hours. Losses could exceed 500,000 cwt of chip potatoes.
November 1, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 11/01/2017
Michigan growers were able to get back in the field this week. They still have 3%-4% of this year’s crop left in the field. Those potatoes continue to fry, in spite of low pulp temperatures. They are being shipped against storage contracts. They are delivering as well, or better than potatoes coming out of storage.
October 25, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 10/25/2017
The Michigan potato harvest has come to an abrupt halt, as central Michigan picked up 4-5 inches of rain on October 23 and 24. Between 5%-10% of the crop is left to harvest. Growers have harvested potatoes into November in the past, and may be able to do so again this year, but the 10-day forecast is not promising.
October 18, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 10/18/2017
Weekend rain has slowed the Michigan harvest this week, but harvest is close to 80% complete, and growers are getting back in the field today. Dealers expect to continue shipping potatoes off the field for at least another 10 days. It will take that long to wrap up field-delivery contracts. Storage problems have been limited...
October 4, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 10/04/2017
The Michigan potato harvest is progressing on schedule. However, we are picking up reports that a few potatoes may have been stored with elevated pulp temperatures. Concerns about storability are starting to surface. The crop appears to be in good conditions, with stronger yields than last year, and high solids. Chip plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes.
September 27, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 09/27/2017
The chip potato market is extremely quiet. Most chip manufacturers have more field delivery potatoes under contract than they can use. Growers are concerned about handling the extra supplies. In recent years, Michigan growers have been able to continue shipping potatoes off of the field through most of October, though there is no guarantee that that is a possibility this year.
September 20, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 09/20/2017
Chip potato movement is slow. Dealers indicate that plants need fewer potatoes to make chips, because solids are up 15-20 points from last year. Yields are up from last year in most eastern growing areas, which is adding to the current oversupply situation. Markets are extremely quiet, as a result of the current supply conditions.
September 6, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 09/06/2017
Chip potato supplies are plentiful. Growers are gearing up to start storing chip potatoes, across the northern tier of states, this week and next. Current temperatures are ideal for storing potatoes. Yields appear to be average, or better, in most of the storage growing areas. Chip companies are running late on taking field-delivery contracts, but the duration varies, depending upon company and growing region. Some companies may be as much as two weeks late taking contracts. Dealers anticipate that the companies will run on the field delivery potatoes longer than usual, which will push back the start dates for storage potatoes.
August 30, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 08/30/2017
Chip potato movement is slow. Dealers indicate that plants need fewer potatoes to make chips, because solids are up 15-20 points from last year. Yields are up from last year in most eastern growing areas, which is adding to the current oversupply situation. Markets are extremely quiet, as a result of the current supply conditions.
August 23, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 08/23/2017
Chip potato markets are extremely quiet. Growers and dealers are complaining that movement is not keeping up with expectations. That says more about the size of this year’s crop than it says about demand for potato chips. Supplies appear to be plentiful.
August 16, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 08/16/2017
Michigan chip potato movement is starting to pick up. Chip companies are running about a week behind on running contract potatoes, which could result in some field delivery contracts being converted to storage contracts toward the end of harvest. Michigan crop quality is excellent, with good size. Yields are about average for this time of the year...
August 2, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 08/02/2017
Potato crops are in generally good condition across North America at this time. While we pick up concerns about production in some localized area, there is nothing out of the ordinary. Chip manufacturers are about a week behind on using contracts for summer potato crops. They came to the market for fill-in loads from Michigan last weekend, due to wet weather on the East Coast, but they are concentrating on cleaning up earlier contracts before the pull much volume out of Michigan.

Industry News

Michigan Potatoes Gives Back
Published on: 11/22/2017
Michigan Potatoes and Horkey Brother Farms are proud to donate 10,000 pounds of Michigan potatoes for Higher Hopes "1,000 Turkeys, 10,000 Smiles" event feeding Detroit area families in need this Thanksgiving.
New Potato & Sugar Beet Pathologist Announced
Published on: 11/15/2017
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission is excited to welcome Jamie Willbur as the new Potato & Sugar Beet Pathologist at Michigan State University. Jamie, currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin Madison, will begin her new role March 1, 2018. She will be the responsible for pathogen research and extension related to potatoes and sugar beets in Michigan.
Michigan Potatoes Showcases Unique Potato Recipe for School Food Service Professionals
Published on: 10/25/2017
New Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) Marketing Manager Nate Chesher highlighted a unique and fun new potato recipe at the School Nutrition Association of Michigan Show on Saturday, October 21st at the Amway Grand Plaza.
Michigan Potatoes announces new IQF Potatoes at Michigan Restaurant Show
Published on: 10/18/2017
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) joined by Michigan Freeze Pack introduced a new line of individually quick frozen (IQF), water-blanched potato products at the 50th Anniversary Michigan Restaurant Show...
Michigan Potato Industry Commission 2018 Scholarship
Published on: 10/04/2017
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) is proud to continue an annual $1,000 scholarship for one Michigan post-secondary student pursuing an agriculture-related major.
National remote sensing conference related to potato production, November 14
Published on: 09/06/2017
Many potato growers, agronomists, and researchers are interested in the use of remote sensing to improve crop management and variety development. A national effort is underway to coordinate these efforts and obtain federal funding for research and extension.

A one-day Remote Sensing Conference will be held November 14 in Madison, Wisconsin to hear about the latest research, share ideas and contribute to the development of a strategic plan for the potato industry.
Potato Industry Leadership Institute applications being accepted
Published on: 08/20/2017
In February of 2018 a group of potato industry professionals will make their way to Colorado, to kick off another class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI). The National Potato Council developed this long-running program, to train growers, and show the complete picture of agriculture. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has funding to send two growers to join the group.
National potato leadership to attend field days
Published on: 08/16/2017
To ensure growers in Michigan are up-to-date on national efforts representative of the National Potato Council and Potatoes USA will be in the state the week of August 28th including attendance at the Rogers City and Upper Peninsula Field days, August 29th and 30th respectively. In addition to field day attendance farm stops are being coordinated for the week.

National Potato Council News

National Potato Sales On The Rise
Published on: 11/22/2017
In September, the total potato category was up .08% in pounds when compared to the same time frame last year. The total potato category was carried by Deli (+2.4%), Frozen (+1.3%), and Fresh (+.6%) with Dehydrated and Refrigerated declining, -.03% and -1.0% respectively.
Potato Expo Innovation Hub to Focus on Hot Issues
Published on: 11/27/2017
New this year at Potato Expo 2018 is the Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub will be the center of activity in the trade show and will feature 18 ag-focused sessions on topics voted on by the Potato Expo community. Topics include aerial imagery, biological controls, ag data management, nutrition and performance, and so much more.
Export Promotion Bill Gains Cosponsor Momentum
Published on: 10/27/2017
As the Farm Bill process ramps up, efforts to increase resources for agriculture export promotion are in high gear. Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) have introduced bills in the House and Senate to provide additional funds to combat the actions of foreign governments in promoting their own agricultural exports.
Guestworker Bill Advances After Difficult Mark-Up
Published on: 10/27/2017
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the "Agricultural Guestworker Act" (Guestworker Bill - H.R. 4092) by a vote of 17-16 (two Republicans voted against the bill with no Democrats in support). This vote was preceded by a contentious two-day committee mark-up.

Changes to the bill were made prior to the mark-up, and subsequent amendments were agreed to that gathered the necessary committee votes. Several of those provisions have practical flaws that fall short of the overall goal to provide "a workable solution to agriculture's labor crisis."

Potatoes USA News

Potatoes Featured in Leading Consumer Magazines
Published on: 11/02/2017
Potatoes graced the pages of many top print publications in September and October. Here’s a snapshot of the coverage:

PGMI News

PGMI Testifies In Support of Seed Potato Act to Michigan House Ag Committee
Published on: 12/06/2017
Today Potato Growers of Michigan Manager Mike Wenkel testified before the Michigan House Agriculture Committee in support of HB5227 known as the Seed Potato Act.
PGMI Supports DEQ Oversight Legislation
Published on: 11/29/2017
Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. (PGMI) today submitted support in the Senate Natural Resources Committee for a three-bill package to increase accountability and transparency within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Certified Seed Potato Legislation Introduced
On Wednesday, November 8th, HB5227, known as the Seed Potato Act was introduced to the Michigan Legislature by State Representative Roger Victory (R) of Hudsonville.
Farmers, Grocers, Small Businesses Praise Governor Snyder for Signing Reform to Keep Michigan Food A
Published on: 10/26/2017
Michigan farmers, grocers, small businesses, social service providers and labor leaders today praised Governor Rick Snyder for signing into law bipartisan legislation to guarantee Michigan families’ food and grocery items will remain free of new local taxes.
Public Act 135 was sponsored and advanced in the House by state Representative Rob VerHeulen, and championed in the Senate by state Senator Peter MacGregor.

SNaC International News

Inventure Foods, Inc. to be Acquired by Utz Quality Foods, LLC
Published on: 10/26/2017
Inventure Foods, Inc., a leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer, and Utz Quality Foods, LLC, the largest privately-held and family-managed branded savory snack manufacturer and marketer in the United States, today announced they entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Utz has agreed to acquire all of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock in an all-cash transaction.