WASHINGTON -- Low potato prices this season are expected to have a moderating effect on overall retail vegetable price increases well into next year, according to officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture here. evel. According to the USDA, the first estimate of the fall potato crop is 448 million hundredweight, up 11% compared with last year and tops 1994's record count by about 5%. This is likely to result in a lowering of potato prices, and since potatoes are the most heavily ...

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