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Posted 3/14/2019 20:54 (#7381094 - in reply to #7380917)
Subject: RE: Potato hauling pictures from today


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Ron..NE ILL..10/48 - 3/14/2019 19:00

I assume those are "Idaho" (baking) potatoes?

How long will they keep in those type enclosures?

Are potatoes a profitable crop right now?

Thanks for info.



That is hurtful calling a Colorado potato the "I" word. These potatoes are everything that won't fit through a 2" circle. At the warehouse they will be washed, sorted and sized and be packaged into anything from a 5 lb. bag to 50lb. Boxes. The potatoes will generally keep for 9 months. They are usually dug the last half of September and the first half of October. The temperature will be brought down to 38 degrees over a 6 or 8 week period and then maintained until they are shipped. It's hard to maintain these temperatures into June unless you have refrigeration units and even then refrigeration can be hard on them. The potato price has been good this year.
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