Fresh Potato and Onion Overview for July 24, 2017

In an effort to keep you more up-to-date on what we are seeing in the market, we publish a summary on a weekly basis. If we see a major trend or change developing, we’ll highlight it for you. Our goal is to serve you with the highest quality produce at the best prices and partner with you as you grow.

Potatoes

Idaho: The size profile has flipped from several weeks ago. Larger sizes are now more available and consumer packs are tighter. Prices have increased on poly and mesh while cartons remain steady. Quality is looking good for late July.

Look for the new crop to start between August 7th — 10th.

Colorado: Demand in Colorado is fairly good with supplies light. Prices are steady and quality is slipping with potatoes showing pressure bruise and sprouts becoming more prevalent. New crop from New Mexico will be coming the first of August.

Wisconsin: Supplies are very limited with demand exceeding offerings pushing prices to be firm. Quality is typical for the end of July.

New crop reds are starting today, with new crop russets arriving in a couple weeks.

Washington: Old crop is cleaning up quickly. The new crop is a little behind normal, but we have a couple of shippers that will start this weekend or the first of next week. Most other shippers are telling us they want to try to start the 3rd or 4th of August. Early field tests are encouraging but we won’t know until we start to actually harvest.

Nebraska: Nebraska has new crop Norkotah’s that will be available mid-week. The early digs indicate a 25% — 10 ounce and larger crop. They look promising and we’ll update you after we’ve had a chance to see how they pack out.

Onions

The key thing to remember with onions is that almost all areas are experiencing near record temps. This can have a negative effect on both keeping quality and the growth of the crop. At Garnand, we’ll keep an eye on both for you.

Idaho/Oregon: New crop onions are growing but the erratic planting schedule and the inconsistent weather is giving us some variation within the crop. As expected, some fields look great and others not so good. There was one hail storm this week but it doesn’t seem to be wide spread and damage seems to be minimal. We’re hearing there are early varieties available around the 10th of August but expect heavy volume to start the week of August 21st.

Washington: Washington has been harvesting new crop over-wintered onions and are just about finished with them. Several shippers will start this week on transplants and direct seed in mid-August. The early reports indicate this crop will be heavy to jumbos. We expect reds to start about a week after yellows and whites right after that. Early reports are the onions look good and harvest weather is expected to be optimal.

Mexico: All the shippers we work with are finished in Mexico for the moment.

Texas: We are done with the onion season in Texas.

California: The Central California crop is excellent and the volume is good. All three colors are available but the crop is running heavy to jumbo yellows. The biggest concern is high temps which could create issues for keeping quality. We suggest you monitor your onion supply closely.

New Mexico: Quality and yields appear to be excellent and heavy to jumbo and colossal size. One shipper stated they have “retail quality.” There is about another good month of volume from New Mexico.

For more information about the fresh potato and onion crop, or other fresh produce such as corn, carrots, or apples, call Garnand Marketing at 208–734–5744.

Transportation

Fuel prices remain steady across the country but freight rates are on the rise due to demand.

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

Washington and Oregon rates are down due to the season. Fall harvest will kick off very soon and we will see an upward trend over the next month in the Northwest.

Arizona is done for the season so demand in the Southwest will fall dramatically.

Trucks in Cali remain tight and will continue to get tighter and more expensive as the fruit season gets underway.