Spud Acreage up
Boise--Idaho potato farmers planted more than 320,000 this year according to the US Department of Agriculture, that’s 25,000 more acres than last year. Strong prices and contract commitments fueled the jump in acreage this year.
The increase in potato acreage mirrors nationwide statistics. The government reports potato plantings are up an estimated 6 percent overall.
Despite stronger potato prices in the marketplace, producers are coping with skyrocketing input prices that will drastically cut into profits come harvest time.