Weekly Potato Report

Michigan Potato Industry Commission
October 1, 2015

The fall potato harvest has experienced very few impediments this year. Maine is picking up two inches of needed rain today, which will condition soils for the remainder of harvest. Harvest is on schedule, or ahead of schedule in most growing areas, though high temperatures have forced growers in some areas to cut of harvest during the afternoon. Michigan’s harvest is close to 60% complete.

The biggest current concern for growers in areas east of the Mississippi River is finding enough storage to hold their potatoes. Crops are large, and movement has not been as fast as they would like. High solids is limiting the need for chip potatoes, as recovery rates exceed budgeted levels. If potatoes being harvested can hold color through October, direct delivery of potatoes to chip plants could ease the storage issues in that state, but all of Michigan’s long term storage facilities will be full, and growers may need to improvise in order to find space for this year’s crop, particularly if field-delivery potatoes go off color in the next two or three weeks.

US fresh potato shipments for the week ending September 26, 2015 totaled 1.857 million cwt. That is down from 1.893 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2014. Michigan shipments for the week ending September 26, totaled 18,743 cwt, down from 38,700 cwt during the same week in 2014. The Michigan shipments 82.9% Russets and 17.1% Round White potatoes.

Wisconsin packers are selling Size A Russets in 10# film for mostly $5.50-$6.00 per 50# bale, down from $6.00 per bale last week at this time. They are selling 50-70 count cartons for mostly $8.00-$9.00 per 50# box, unchanged for the week. The weighted average shipping point price for Idaho Norkotahs is $10.66 per cwt, down from $11.18 per cwt a weak ago.

Delaware packers are selling Size A Round White potatoes for mostly $6.75 per 50# sack, unchanged from last week at this time. Delaware chefs are selling for mostly $7.75 per 50# bag, also unchanged for the week. Long Island shippers are selling baled 5# size A Round White potatoes for $8.25-$8.75 per 50# bale, unchanged from last week at this time.

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