Idaho potato production up 12 percent

Potato production in Idaho for 2011 is predicted to total 127 million cwt., according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

This represents a 12 percent increase from last year's total of 113 million cwt. Planted acres totaled 320,000 and harvested acres of 319,000 represent an increase of 25,000 acres from 2010.

National production of fall potatoes for 2011 is forecast at 387 million cwt., up 6 percent from 2010. Harvested acreage in 2011 is 939,200, up 7 percent from the 2010 estimate. Average yield forecast for 2011 is 412 cwt. per acre, down 4 cwt. per acre from the 2010 yield.


Originally posted Monday, Dec. 12, 2011