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NASS releases 2012 crop production report

Numbers don’t lie and the numbers show increases in acreage planted, acreage harvested, yields per acre and production for potatoes in 2012 compared to 2011.
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2012 Crop Production Report shows an increase of more than 37,000 cwt in potato production in 2012 compared to 2011.
More than 1.152 million acres were planted in 2012, with 1.136 million acres harvested. Yield per acre increased from 399 cwt in 2011 to 411 cwt in 2012.
2012 spring production was up just over 2,000 cwt, summer production was up just over 4,500 cwt and fall production was up more than 30,600 cwt.
The four most popular varieties, in the seven states of Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin were Russet Burbank, 44.5 percent; Russet Norkotah, 13.1 percent; Ranger Russet, 9.4 percent; and Umatilla Russet, 5.1 percent.
To download a copy of the report go here.

Originally posted Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

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