The chip potato market remains quiet. Harvest is ramping up in several states. Supplies are backing up.
Michigan’s chip potato movement is expected to increase this week. Harvest is picking up in Maine, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania. Massachusetts growers have started digging.
US packers shipped 1.601 million cwt of table potatoes during the week ending August 21, 2021. That is up from 1.479 million cwt a year earlier. USDA did not report any Michigan potato shipments during the week ending August 21, 2021. There were 9,552 cwt of table potato shipments a year ago.
Wisconsin packers are selling size A Russet potatoes in 10# bags for mostly $8.00-$9.00 per 50# bale, down from $9.00-$9.50 per 50# bale last week. They are selling Russet 40-70 count cartons for mostly $20.00-$24.00 per 50# box, unchanged from a week ago. The weighted average shipping point price for new-crop Idaho Russet Norkotahs is $21.94 per cwt, down from $21.98 per cwt last week.
Delaware packers are selling 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 $20.00-$26.00 per cwt, down from $28.00-$35.00 per cwt last week. Delaware packers are selling 2000# tote bags of size A Yellow potatoes for mostly $34.50 per cwt, down from $34.50-$36.50 per cwt a week ago