MAJOR POTATO STATES REPORT DECREASED STOCKS
The 13 major potato states held 232 million cwt of potatoes in storage Dec. 1, down 13 percent from a year ago, noted USDA. Potatoes in storage accounted for 66 percent of the 2010 fall storage states' production, three percentage points below Dec. 1, 2009. Potato disappearance, at 119 million cwt, was 1 percent above Dec. 1, 2009. Season-to-date shrink and loss, at 12.5 million cwt, was down 13 percent from the same date in 2009.