U.S. spud production up, citrus down

09/19/2013 02:51:00 PM
Andy Nelson

U.S. potato production rose 8% in 2012, but U.S. citrus production was down 4%.

About 463 million cwt. of potatoes were produced in the U.S. in 2012, according to one of two year-end summary reports released Sept. 19 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

According to the other report, citrus utilized production in 2012-13 totaled 11.2 million tons.

The NASS potato report also found that harvested potato acreage was 1.13 million acres in 2012, 5% more than in 2011. The average yield last season, 409 cwt. per acre, also was up — 10 cwt. more per acre than in 2011.

While potato production was up in 2012, the crop’s value, an estimated $3.73 billion, was slightly down from 2011. And the average per cwt. price, $8.65, was 76 cents lower than the year before.

The NASS citrus report found that Florida accounted for 63% and California 34% of all citrus produced in the U.S. in 2012. Texas and Arizona accounted for the balance.

Florida’s orange production, at 134 million boxes, fell 9% from the previous season. Bearing citrus acreage in Florida, at 489,600 acres, was 5,500 acres below the 2011-2012 season.

In addition to production, the value of the 2012-13 citrus crop, $3.15 billion, also was down from the previous season. The value of the U.S. orange crop fell 21% and grapefruit 13%.



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