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Farmers Potato Exchange sees storms disrupt trucks

by Tad Thompson | January 11, 2011
Winter storms in the northeastern United States and a freak ice and snowstorm in the Southeast in early January complicated trucking matters for Farmers Potato Exchange. But otherwise, the potato business for the grower- shipper in Antigo, WI, was good, according to the owner of the company, Dave Cofer.

He told The Produce News Jan. 12 that potato "movement has been pretty good. It's been kind of normal." Although truck supplies were “a big issue, business has been pretty normal.”

Farmers Potato Exchange ships red, white and russet potatoes, as well as “a few yellows. We have all of these on hand now. Supplies are shortening up. Especially russets. Whites will be short in a while. We are taking care of our regular customers. I expect most everything to be really short early this year.”

Mr. Cofer added, “Normally we ship into April. I am thinking by mid-March supplies will be pretty short.”

He indicated that his firm mostly ships Wisconsin potatoes. “Occasionally we ship potatoes from other areas, but not a lot.”