Heavy snows in Idaho the first week of October won’t likely affect potato quality or volumes.

Some spud-growing regions in the state received up to 5 inches of snow, said Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission.

But expected warmer temperatures the second week of the month would likely get rid of the snow and, along with it, any problems growers may have faced, Muir said Oct. 8.

“Snow itself is not a problem, as long as it goes away,” he said. “At this point, we don’t see any major problems.”

Snow actually can help potatoes by acting as an insulator against low temperatures, Muir said. That insulation has not been needed this year, however, as temperatures did not fall to dangerous levels during the snowstorms, he said.

Growing areas have experienced “minimal” frost, Muir said.

The Idaho potato harvest typically winds down the second or third week of October.

Snow shouldn’t affect Idaho potatoes