U.S. fresh red potato supplies for 2020-2021 are forecast at 12.4 million hundredweight. The drier harvest in portions of the Red River Valley impacted supply. “The Red River Valley production is up five percent compared to last year and some may think this could be more following the 2019 disaster, but there were also challenges at the end of the 2020 harvest,” said Mark Klompien, CEO, United Potato Growers of America. “Big Lake, Minnesota production was up 30 percent.” Fresh red potato prices are stable. “We really believe there’s a higher use of marketing information out there. Grower collaboration happening in the red sector and all of those things are leading to a more stable pricing and supply situation,” said Klompien. “The current pricing using the 10/5 pound bale is in the $13 range and the Red River Valley may be slightly below that.” Watch the presentation.
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