The chip potato market is extremely quiet. Potatoes are coming from multiple sources. Buyers can get all the potatoes they need. Supplies are backing up.
Michigan’s chip potato harvest is moving forward. Wisconsin’s chip potato harvest got underway last week, but it has been slow due to wet soil conditions. Maine and New York began digging this week. Harvest is continuing in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Chip potato harvest is winding down in Virginia. Growers in Quebec and Ontario indicate that the crop is in good condition and yields are above average.
US packers shipped 1.459 million cwt of table potatoes during the week ending August 14, 2021. That is down from 1.572 million cwt a year earlier. USDA did not report any Michigan potato shipments during the week ending August 14, 2021. There were 8,491 cwt of table potato shipments a year ago.
Wisconsin packers are selling size A Russet potatoes in 10# bags for mostly $9.00-$9.50 per 50# bale. They are selling Russet 40-70 count cartons for mostly $20.00-$24.00 per 50# box. FIRST REPORT. The weighted average shipping point price for new-crop Idaho Russet Norkotahs is $21.98 per cwt. FIRST REPORT.
Delaware packers are selling baled 2000# tote bags of size A Round White potatoes for $16.50-$18.50 per cwt, unchanged from a week ago.
Big Lake and Central Minnesota packers are selling 2000# tote bags of size A Yellow potatoes for $28.00-$35.00 per cwt, unchanged from last week. Delaware packers are selling baled 2000# tote bags of size A Yellow potatoes for $34.50-$36.50 per cwt, down from $36.50 per cwt a week ago.