Nov 1, 2019
Red River Valley growers facing significant loss of fresh potato crop

Ongoing poor weather conditions in the Red River Valley have potato growers facing significant losses.

Photo: Northern Plains Potato Growers Association

Ted Kreis, marketing and communications director for the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, told the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Herald that close to 9,000 acres of potatoes could be lost due to extremely wet conditions coupled with numerous hard freezes in recent weeks.

“I know there’s a lot of financial stress going on right now,” Kreis told the Herald. (Full story here.)

RELATED: State of emergency declared in North Dakota in lieu of flooding

An estimate by the North American Potato Market News had 45 to 50% of the Red River Valley’s tablestock crop still in the ground as of Oct. 30. The RRV is the top fresh red potato producing region in the U.S. North American Potato Market News projects fresh shipments from the region will be down about 40% from last year.

According to the Northern Plains Growers Association, 74% of the Red River Valley crop goes to processing, 16% to the fresh market and the remaining 10% for seed.

The USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service reported Oct. 27 that 70% of the potato crop in North Dakota was harvested and 92% of the Minnesota crop was harvested.

RELATED: Rain, cold wreak havoc for Red River Valley’s potato harvest

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