Chip potato markets remain quiet. Dealers are expecting movement to slow down seasonally, but report that movement remains steady, at this point. Chip companies are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Companies are holding contract discussions with growers in North Carolina and Missouri, but contracts are not yet settled.
US fresh potato shipments for the week ending February 3, 2018 totaled 1.691 million cwt. That is down from 1.832 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2017. Michigan packers shipped 49,955 cwt of fresh potatoes during the week ending February 3. That is down from 51,950 cwt a year earlier. Last week’s Michigan shipments were 74.0% Russet potatoes, 17.6% Round White potatoes, 7.6% Yellow varieties, and 0.8% Red potatoes.