Weekly Potato Report

Michigan Potato Industry Commission
July 22, 2015

The first Michigan chip potatoes are now being harvested. Chip companies appear to be ready to take the potatoes. Most are on schedule with their contracts. They are running into some delivery problems with potatoes from other areas, due to summer heat, and this year’s wet growing conditions.

Canada has not been a big player in this year’s summer chip potato deal. Ontario growers are just cleaning up their storage chip potatoes from the 2014 crop. They started harvesting new-crop chip potatoes last week. Reports indicate that early yields have been excellent. The crop has had plenty of water since the beginning of June. Low spots in fields have been drowned out, but yields on the higher ground more than make up for those losses.

Canada reports that its growers planted 349,005 acres to potatoes this year. That is a 1,466 acre increase from the 2014 crop. The 0.4% increase is less than had been expected. Acreage is down from last year in the Maritime Provinces, Ontario, and Quebec. Those cuts were somewhat larger than had been expected. However, the cuts appear to be for table potato varieties – not for processing and chip potatoes. Ontario growers planted 34,730 acres to potatoes this year, 770 acres less than they planted in 2014. Quebec growers planted 42,749 acres to potatoes in 2015, 247 acres less than they planted last year. 

US fresh potato shipments for the week ending July 18, 2015 totaled 1.736 million cwt. That is down from 1.816 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2014. Michigan shipments for the week ending July 18 totaled 32,132 cwt. Shipments from the 2013 crop had ended by this time last year. The Michigan shipments were 90.0% Russets and 10.0% Round White varieties.
Wisconsin packers are selling baled 10# bags of size A Russets for mostly $5.50-$6.00 per bale, unchanged from this time last week.. They are selling 40-70 count cartons for mostly $14.50-$15.00 per 50# box, also unchanged for the week. The weighted average shipping point price for Idaho Burbanks is $10.65 per cwt, down from $11.96 per cwt a week ago.

North Carolina shippers are selling 50# sacks of size A Round White potatoes for $6.00-$6.75 per bag, unchanged for the week. Virginia packers are selling 50# sacks of size A Round White potatoes for $6.75-$7.25 per bag, down from $7.75 at this time last week.

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