May 12 Freeze May Slow Growth

Published online: May 23, 2000
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Growers on the extreme western side of Idaho and the extreme eastern side of Oregon saw their potato crops set back by a freeze the morning of May 12.

Frost in the Parma/Caldwell, ID, and Ontario/Nyssa, OR, areas froze some six-inch plants to the ground on the extreme side of reported damage.

Many others growers found their crops nipped with leaves "burned."

Temperatures were in the low 20s in some areas. Idaho production areas east of there reported spotty, light frost with no real damage. Other areas did not have potatoes above ground to be hit.

The freeze is expected to have minimal affect on production, setting the frozen plants back seven to 10 days.