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When does the Idaho® potato “planting” and “harvesting” season officially begin and end?
Planting usually starts in early April and goes into middle May, the bulk of the planting happens in the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks of May. The early warmer areas of the valley start earlier, but they don’t plant nearly as heavily as the cooler areas of the state. Harvest begins in early September and can run through most of October. Most of the potatoes are harvested in the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October. Some varieties will be harvested earlier than that, but they don’t account for much production.
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Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous "Grown in Idaho®" seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's ideal growing conditions, including rich, volcanic soil, climate and irrigation differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.
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