Potato stocks down 13 percent from December 2009

The 13 major potato states held 232 million cwt. of potatoes in storage on Dec. 1, down 13 percent from a year ago, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. 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. Processors in the nine major states have used 63.5 million cwt. of potatoes this season, up 4 percent from the same period last year. Dehydrating usage
accounted for 7.86 million cwt. of the total processing, down 28 percent from last year.


Originally posted Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010