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How Much will NW Weather Adversely Affect Potato, Onion Shipments?

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DSCN3868+1Heat and drought the Northwest raises question about how potato and onion shipments may be affected this season.

Oregon potato shippers, as well as those in Washington are in wait-and-see mode following a heat wave that hit the Pacific Northwest in July.  It may reduce potential fall harvest yield – and ultimately shipments.  Some temperatures hit 108 degress F.

The plants just shut down during the day and stop growing. It’s still too early to tell how this heat will impact the fall crop.

Oregon has a total of 38,000 acres planted in potatoes.   Of this total, 17 percent is planted to fresh potatoes.  The 2014 fresh volume should be comparable to last year.  However, the Klamath area may be down slightly.

Far eastern Oregon/Malheur County is extremely short on water.  Acres were reduced and moved to locations closer to irrigation water sources. Most of the region was out out or extremely reduced of water by the end of July.

While onion production continues in the area, Brewer said there will be no fresh potatoes moving into the pipeline. “Some land was left idle this spring to lengthen season,” he commented.

Eighty percent of Oregon’s potatoes are shipped outside the Beaver State, heavy volume going to Canada, Mexico and Korea.

Washington Potato Shipments

In Washington state, it is estimated 165,000 acres have been planted.   Abouty 13-15 percent of that would go to the fresh market.

Washington state. Washington state potato growers have the highest yields in the world and historically have averaged around 60,000 pounds per acre.

Treasure Valley Onion Shipments

Treasure Valley onions in Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho started shipping about two weeks ago and now are providing some volume for produce haulers.

While acreage is up around two to three percent this season, whether that translates into more loading opportunities remains up in the air.  Some shippers are facing more problems with drought than others.



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