Fall potato production up eight percent

The numbers are in and potato growers planted more and grew more in 2012.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecast an eight percent increase in fall potato production nationally.

The NASS report places 2012 fall potato production at just over 422 million cwt, an increase of almost 31 million cwt from the 2011 total.

Area harvested, 991,500 acres, is six percent above the 2011 estimate. The average yield, 426 cwt per acre, is an increase of 10 cwt per acre from the 2011 yield.

Total U.S. potato production for 2012 is forecast at 467 million cwt, up nine percent from 2011. Harvested area, 1.14 million acres, is up six percent from 2011. Average yield is forecast to be 411 cwt per acre, up 12 cwt per acre from 2011.

For more information visit the NASS site here.

Originally posted Friday, Nov. 9, 2012