Expectations For Area Row Crops Mixed Into 2022

Today’s Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series takes a look at row crops across the PNW. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12-month outlook projects that contract potato producers will be profitable. “Open potato returns are projected to be slightly profitable. The amount of uncontracted potatoes acres will likely decrease as […]

Waters Is Hopeful Cold Temperatures Will Help Farmers This Growing Season

The cold temperatures the Pacific Northwest saw to ring in the New Year may help farmers later this growing season. Washington State University’s Dr. Tim Waters says while those frigid temperatures will do little to the insect and disease population, the temps will disrupt where many of those pest like to live; volunteer potatoes. “When […]

Potato Growers Can’t Skimp On Inputs, Despite Challenging Environment

As potato growers plan for the coming season, Kim Helgen, lead with Bayer-Plus, says it’s critical to plan now for the most important days of the growing season; the first 90 days. Helgen noted that Bayer’s portfolio coves every stage of growth in that first three months, allowing growers to think about the specific needs […]

Muir Looks Back On Nearly Two Decades As Idaho Potato Commission Leader

After 18 years as the Executive Director of the Idaho Potato Commission, Frank Muir decided this fall to retire from the organization. Muir said taking over the Commission in 2003 was challenging in a variety of ways. He noted one of the biggest challenges was not trade, or government regulations, but the diets of millions […]

NW Potato Stocks Hit 165 Million CWT On December 1st

According to NASS, Potato stocks across the Pacific Northwest totaled 165 million cwt on December 1st. As of the first of this month, potato stocks in Idaho totaled 92.5 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 39.6 million cwt. Potato stocks in Oregon totaled 20.0 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 5.5 […]

Potato Wart Reported In Eastern Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has advised Prince Edward Island that the U.S. border is currently closed to its fresh market and seed potatoes after potato wart was found on two island farms. Earlier this month, seed potato exports were halted, and on Monday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency expanded the US export ban to include […]

NASS: NW Potato Production Slipped This Year While Sugarbeets Report Growth

Potato production across the Pacific Northwest is down this year. According to NASS, potato production in Idaho is forecast at 132 million cwt., down 2% from last year. Harvested area, at 314,500 acres, is up 15,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to be 420 cwt. per acre, down 30 cwt. from 2020. Production in […]

Voigt: Better Days Are Ahead For Potato Growers

Could there be a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel? While Chris Voigt, executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission isn’t sure if the end of the pandemic is drawing near, he is confident that the future looks great for growers. “We are definitely going to get back to pre-pandemic levels, we’re […]

DelBene Calls For WHIP+ Funds To Be Distributed Quickly

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is calling for swift implementation of WHIP+ funds created to help Pacific Northwest producers hurt by this summer’s record heat event. The Northwest Washington representative says from one single extreme heat event in June, berry, potato, seafood farmers reported massive losses. “Some farms lost up to 90% of their total yields in […]

McDonald’s Testing a Plant-Based Burger in November

McDonald’s says it will test the “McPlant” burger in restaurants next month. The chain developed the burger in partnership with Beyond Meats. CNBC says it’s the latest step in McDonald’s cautious approach to adding plant-based meat to its menu. The company took its time learning about meat substitutes and consumer demand, even as other fast-food […]