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Potato market looking promising
April 13, 2006 By
HOLLY OWENS H&N Staff Writer
Klamath Basin potato growers say a plan to reduce potato acreage has helped the market, and their sales.
Growers are coordinating
nationally and with their competition to regulate
sale of their crop.
The positive side-effects of fewer acres planted in 2005, and fewer potatoes harvested, should be felt next year, too.
“The 2006 numbers again are
going to look pretty good. You're going to see that
because it's kind of a delay. Because the crop is
sold all through the 10-month season,” Staunton
Promoting the virtues of
potatoes is part of the U.S. Potato Board's efforts
to elevate the vegetable on the plates of consumers.
“They're trying to find
different creative ways to get the word out on how
healthy potatoes really are,” Staunton said.
“That's our next goal in our
area is to prove to the chip growers that being a
United member is worth its weight,” Staunton said.
Fresh potato acreage has
declined dramatically in the last 11 years. In 1994
more than 19,000 acres were planted. This year about
7,000 acres should be planted in fresh market
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