Fresh Potato and Onion Market and Crop Report for 8/28/17

Potatoes

Idaho: Some larger sizes are unavailable, smaller sizes remain tight including consumer packs with good quality. Prices remain steady but look for pricing to moderate after Labor Day.

Colorado: Local crop is limited as rain over the weekend slowed harvest, but supplies should increase after Labor Day.

Wisconsin: Demand in Wisconsin exceeds supply, with more supply expected after the Labor Day holiday. Prices remain firm and steady.

Washington: Old crop is finished. The new crop is a little behind normal but most shippers we deal with are starting up. We expect the first digs to be on the small size but catch up as the season goes on. Early quality has been very good and size is steadily improving.

Nebraska: Nebraska has new crop Norkotahs and they appear to be good sized and nice quality. They’re about the same price as western potatoes but are a bit larger. Freight is less expensive out of Nebraska.

Onions

Idaho/Oregon: The new crop begins shipping this week. Because of the erratic planting schedule and weather, there are variations within the crop, as expected. There have been some shippers starting out with early varieties. These varieties are not long keepers but are good quality. Expect most shippers to be in normal production sometime next week.

Washington: Washington has been harvesting new crop direct seed onions for a couple weeks. Early reports show good quality and size. The crop appears to be heavy to jumbos and shippers are starting to catch up with demand. If you’re looking for new crop onions, give us a call and we’ll work on the delivered price for you.

Mexico: All shippers we work with in Mexico have finished. We feel this deal is completed.

Texas: All shippers we work with have finished for the season in Texas.

California: The Central California crop appears to be excellent and the volume is very good with prices slightly below New Mexico. All three colors are still available. It appears to be a very good crop running heavy to jumbo yellows. The biggest concern on the summer onion deal, as always is the temperatures. The temps have been very hot and can create issues for quality. We suggest you monitor your onion supply closely.

New Mexico: Most of our shippers are finished in New Mexico but there are still scattered shipments over the next few weeks.

Transportation

Truck rates out of Idaho and Utah remain moderate but with increasing prices in California trucks, more are deadheading to California for the high rates. Plan on increased prices throughout the summer season.

Washington and Oregon rates are down due to the season. As fall harvest gets going we will see an upward trend over the next month in the Northwest.

Arizona is done for the season so Southwest is down dramatically. Trucks in California remain tight but as the mid-summer is past us we will see a slow decline in rates.

Call Garnand Marketing for your fresh produce and logistics needs at 800–747–7783 or email at garnmkt@garnand.com.