Mid-Week Fresh Produce Update Featuring Potatoes and Apples 6/22/17
As the end of the week nears, it appears we will continue to see increases in large potato cartons in the Northwest. Colorado and Wisconsin are also tight on large size potatoes. Like onions, the trade looks to the Northwest for those large potatoes and this year, we’re short. That’s putting pressure on all growing areas.
Potato stocks are up 8% nationally from last year. New crop is generally two weeks later in the three Northwest states. So there will be less of an overlap than previously expected, but we don’t expect to see old crop completed before the end of July in Washington and Oregon and late August in Idaho.
The inconsistent weather is also a concern as it’s causing a wide variation in the size of new crops.
We’ve revised our large carton price to be in the $20/ctn price before the end of the season. It may be a good idea to be a little long so you can capitalize on the increasing market.
Smaller cartons, consumers, and 2’s haven’t enjoyed the aggressive price increases that large cartons have had and we expect that trend to continue.
We have a new apple for you to try, called the COSMIC CRISP. It’s a cross between a Honeycrisp and Enterprise. It’s the next big thing in Washington Apples. You’ll see some growers fazing out the Red Delicious, Fiji, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and some of the lesser varieties.
Is this going to be significant? We think so. There will be approximately 63,000 trees planted this spring and an estimated 5 million new trees with this variety in the next two springs–it’s unprecedented. Five million of one variety is amazing. We will continue to keep you up to date as these trees move into production.