Colorado Growers Eye Bumper Crop

Published online: Sep 28, 2000
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Growers in Colorado's San Luis Valley are well into harvest and all indications are that it will be a bumper crop.

Harvest has been running one-to-two weeks ahead on the 75, 600 acres in the five-county, southern Colorado area.

Yields are expected to be better than last year when they averaged 334 cwt/acre. Last year the Valley harvested 77,000 acres and 25.7-million cwt. This was reported to return $117 million to growers.

With other growing areas also reporting excellent crops, prices are expected to stagnate at harvest but then pick up during the remainder of the marketing season.

Colorado potatoes are shipped in the west and southwest in an area from Denver to Baton Rouge, LA.