GREEN GIANT™ FRESH POTATOES: June 2024 Crop Update

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JUNE 2024 POTATO CROP UPDATE FROM GREEN GIANT™ FRESH

Russets

The outlook for Green Giant™ Fresh potatoes shows that russets are approaching the end of the current crop season and we are seeing typical developments for this time of the year. Large potatoes (40-60 count) are expected to be scarce, while the availability of smaller potatoes (70-100 count) should remain stable.

The current Idaho russet potato crop is projected to last into August and potentially extend into September, depending on the quality and size. As is typical towards the end of the season, we may encounter more quality issues due to prolonged storage. Potential concerns include Pressure Bruise, Shoulder Bruise, and Silver Scurf.

The new crop of russets has been planted and appears to be on schedule, barring any weather-related setbacks during the spring growing season. Although the season started off cool, which slowed growth, recent temperature increases have spurred the emergence of many potato fields.

Big Varieties

In positive news, new, fresh crop Green Giant™ Fresh reds and yellow potatoes are now available from Arizona. The size profile is favorable, with a good flow of B-sized potatoes and plenty of A-sized ones. Florida and other regional areas are expected to conclude their seasons this month. Arizona should provide good quality and availability through June, July, and part of August.

After Arizona’s season ends, we will transition to Texas briefly, and then return to Idaho for the rest of the calendar year and the beginning of the new year.

Mini Potato Varieties

The mini potato storage crop is winding down and is expected to end by September 1st. The remaining mini/gourmet reds and golds look promising as we access our long-term bin storages. Bin storages help reduce pressure bruising that conventional storages often experience in the summer heat. There is ample availability of all colors, including red/whites, red/yellows, purple, and golds.

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Pinto Creek, AZ – June 2024