Idaho potato farmer Dan Moss highlighted a common Catch-22 for his industry when he assessed the progress of the 2012 spud crop. "Our potatoes are ahead of the last several years. If we continue with some nice weather, our yields are going to be way above trend line," said Moss, a member of the Idaho Potato Commission from Declo.
"It's possible we could have way more potatoes on the market." "I think the processors are going to use way more potatoes this coming year than they did in the past year," Moss predicted.
"It seems like there's a lot of demand on the fry side." Moss noted the 2011 crop should be exhausted about on time, dehydrated demand is strong, and he's already making sales from his fresh packing facility to his major customers.