Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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Farmers warn of possible french fry starvation and smaller spuds

Farmers warn of possible french fry starvation and smaller spuds

That next cheeseburger order may be missing that side of French fries after cold and wet weather reportedly damaged potato crops in the us and Canada.

Cold weather has damaged potato yields in the United States, which is now threatening the availability of French fries, Bloomberg reported.

The domestic output for potatoes is expected to drop by 6.1 percent in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers in Alberta and OH were able to salvage and store some of their crops, but farmers in other areas, like Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota, had no choice but to give up on their beleaguered potatoes.

The harsh weather in October has caused potatoes to be smaller and put pressure on supplies as French fries tend to use longer crops of the vegetable.

Luckily, there are three states that managed to have significant spud increases: Wisconsin and MI by 6.8% and ME by 9.6%.

Fry makers are said to prefer larger potatoes.


Soon you might not be able to get a side of fries with that.

If digging out from the storm that dropped more than two feet of snow in some parts of MA wasn't enough to create some anger toward Mother Nature, a new report says she's coming after the nation's french fry supply next.

Retailers are after long potatoes to make their French fries, but there have been less of those as the cold weather has stunted their growth.

Just how many potatoes were lost?

"Washington producers reported some quality concerns due to soil borne issues and freeze damage at the end of the harvest season". "As of the week ending November 3, harvest was at 73% well behind normal", the department said. About 12,000 Manitoba acres, or 18% of the province's planted area, were left unharvested, the report said.

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