San Luis Valley potato growers are predicting this year’s harvest will help them rebound from 2009. Last year, a freeze affected the quality and size of the valley’s usually superior potatoes.
“We’ve had hot days and cold nights — just absolutely perfect weather for growing conditions,” said Mark Bisel, owner and sales manager of Apex Produce Co. LLC, Center, Colo.
Not only are yields expected to be good, but potato size looks to be much better than last year. The valley’s overall planting acreage is down slightly from 2009, but increased yields will result in about the same volume, grower-shippers said.