U.S. potato and citrus production fell in the 2013-14 season, but the values of both crops increased, according to new season-ending reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
About 435 million cwt. of potatoes were produced last season, down 6% from the season before and 1% lower than an earlier USDA estimate, according to the report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Harvested acreage, at 1.05 million acres, was 7% lower than 2012-13. Yields, however, at 414 cwt. per acre, were up 5% from the previous year.
The value of U.S. potatoes sold in the 2013-14 season, $3.93 billion, was up slightly from the season before. The per-cwt. price rose $1.08 to $9.71.
U.S. citrus utilized production for the 2013-14 season totaled 9.4 million tons, 15% less than the season before, according to the citrus report.
Florida accounted for 59% of citrus production, California 37% and Texas and Arizona the balance. Production in all states except Arizona dropped in 2013-14. Arizona production was similar to the season before.
Despite the drop in volume, the value of the 2013-14 U.S. citrus crop rose 7% from the season before, to $3.39 billion. The increase was driven in part by big jumps in lemon value (62%) and tangerine and mandarin value (27%). Orange and grapefruit values were down in 2013-14.