The potato harvest is underway in the Red River Valley, North-Dakota. Yields are all over the board, ranging from poor to excellent. Most of the fields with poor yields were damaged by heavy rain that fell around late June.
Meanwhile potatopro.com reports that the potato harvest in the Big Lake, Minnesota area is into its sixth week. Yields from that region have been about average; however demand for their red potatoes has been anything but average.
After many months of high red potato prices, buyers are having to be convinced to start promoting reds again and that has led to a huge red potato price drop over the past several weeks. In the past month, the base price for #1 size A reds in totes has fallen from USD 28 per hundredweight to the current price of USD 12 to USD 13.