Small Profits Forecast For Most Growers In 2017

SPOKANE — Potato and onion farmers, apple and cherry growers, ranchers and hay growers may make money in 2017 – not a lot, but a little. That’s the conclusion of a quarterly market update issued by the Farm Credit Services office in Spokane.

“The outlook varies by commodity, with the majority of producers looking at slightly profitable results for their efforts,” the report said.

The chilly, wet spring delayed the growing season for many commodities, including onions and potatoes. “Low supplies of quality, fresh-packed potatoes are pushing up prices,” the report said.