Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2009 Spud Harvest

Digging spuds west of Burley on Tuesday--Putnam photo

Temps hot, Yields UP

Burley--Despite a hot, 80-degree day, Idaho farmers started harvesting potatoes west of Burley. Norkota yields were up from last year reported one farmer, who credits a wet spring and hot summer days. He also said that September fresh pack shipments are well ahead of last year.

The arrival of fresh spuds to the market while last season’s potatoes are still coming out of cellars has driven prices down to less than half of what growers were getting last year – and in some cases prices are one-third or less last season’s prices.

Meanwhile Idaho’s four districts have shipped nearly 3,700 40,000-pound units so far this season through Sept. 9, passing the 2,000 units shipped at this time last year, according to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

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