Potato stocks on par with previous year

Potatoes for processing are harvested near Pingree, Idaho. Fresh potato demand has been up amid COVID-19 shutdowns while foodservice demand is down.

As farmers begin to plant the 2018 potato crop, about one-third of last year’s crop remains in storage, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reports. That percentage is on par with last year.

Last season, farmers grew fewer acres of potatoes than the previous year, Idaho Potato Commission President and CEO Frank Muir said.

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