Potato Production Up In Idaho, Down In New York

In Idaho, potato production is up 12% from 2008 Idaho’s potato production, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Planted acres of 320,000 and harvested acres of 319,000 are up 15,000 acres from 2008. Statewide, yield is 411 cwt (field-run basis), up 28 cwt from last year and 25 cwt more than the previous record of 386 achieved in 2006. Yield in the 10 Southwestern counties, at 500 cwt, decreased 40 cwt from 2008.

Production of fall potatoes in New York in 2009 is estimated at a record low 4.95 cwt, down 13% from a year ago, according to Stephen Ropel, director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Yields are expected to average 300 cwt. per acre compared with last year’s record high 320 cwt. per acre. Acreage for harvest is estimated at a record low 16.5 thousand acres, down 7% from last year.

U.S. production of fall potatoes for 2009 is forecast at 392 million cwt, up 3% from 2008. Area harvested, at 919,900 acres, is virtually unchanged from the July estimate. The average yield, forecast at 426 cwt per acre, is up 15 cwt from last year’s yield and, if realized, will be the highest yield on record.

For more information, go to www.nass.usda.gov/ny

Source: USDA-NASS