Fall Potato Production Estimate Steady

Published online: Feb 13, 2018 Articles Ashley Nickle
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Source: The Packer

The USDA and Statistics Canada estimate that North American potato growers produced 506 million hundredweight in fall 2017.

That amount would be a decrease of 1 percent from 2016, according to the report issued by the organizations Feb. 12.

The dip is consistent with the expectation conveyed in the December report on North American potato production.

Canadian growers harvested 106 million hundredweight, up slightly from the previous year. U.S. production is estimated at 400 million hundredweight, down 2 percent from 2016.

U.S. growers planted 908,000 acres and harvested 902,300 acres, down from 923,800 and 909,600, respectively.

Canadian growers planted 354,800 acres and harvested 342,200 acres, down from 346,800 and 342,400, respectively.

U.S. growers reported an average yield of 443 hundredweight per acre, and Canadian growers reported yield of 309.4 hundredweight per acre.