Hot weather could affect E. Ore. potato crop

Published On: Sep 07 2013 12:21:45 PM PDT
PENDLETON, Ore. -

Hot weather will likely cause a lighter yield of Eastern Oregon potatoes, and smaller spuds than usual.

But growers in the region say the hot weather, including a string of 110-degree days, won't cause major problems.

The East Oregonian reports Oregon planted close to 40,000 acres of potatoes in 2013, of which 25,000-30,000 acres are found around Hermiston and Boardman.

A combination of light, sandy soil and almost pure water from the Columbia River makes the irrigated region of north Umatilla and Morrow counties the top potato producer in the state.

Bill Brewer, CEO of the Oregon Potato Commission, says some growers are reporting a lighter crop, and others closer to average.

Brewer says he believes growers will produce a yield that's close to average.