Despite weather, potato growers salvage year - The Packer

Despite weather, potato growers salvage year

12/02/2011 11:09:00 AM
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However, by harvest, Idaho, Washington and Oregon all saw increased yields compared to 2010, according to a Nov. 9 report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Overall, for 2011, the U.S. produced 424,139 cwt. potatoes, according to the NASS report.

The top three states and their 2011 and 2010 production amounts were:

  • Idaho — 127,070 cwt. for 2011; 112,970 cwt. for 2010;
  • Washington — 99,200 cwt. for 2011; 88,440 cwt. for 2010; and
  • Oregon — 23,342 cwt. for 2011; 20,058 cwt. for 2010.

Industry anticipation and preparation for an even larger crop than was harvested meant strong prices at the end of November.

Lee Frankel said a large portion of the crop would go to processing, helping to keep up table stock prices.

In the northern tier of the central U.S., weather took its toll in a sporadic fashion. In Wisconsin, the No. 4 potato-producing state, 2011 production was 22,320 cwt, according to NASS. That’s down from 24,293 cwt. in 2010.

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