US potato farms plan to reduce crop sizes this year as demand for potatoes plummets during coronavirus pandemic.

  • Early estimates show potato acres down 10%.
  • Even with the reduction, industry leaders fear farmers may be unable to sell their harvest in the fall.
  • Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council, said, “Sixty percent of our business is food service. When that market slammed shut, basically overnight, the supply chain for the potato industry started to back up. And now we’re dealing with a huge oversupply.”