Area planted to fall potatoes for 2006 is estimated at 990,500 acres, up 2 percent from last year but 5 percent below 2004, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Close to 8,500 acres were accepted in the 2006 Potato Acreage Buydown Program in Prince Edward Island, which had an application deadline of May 1.
The 13 major potato states held 40 million cwt. of potatoes in storage June 1, down 23 percent from last year and 13 percent below June 1, 2004, for comparable states, according to the USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Scientists looking for evidence of potato cyst nematode in Idaho confirmed the presence of the pest in one eastern Idaho field. The confirmation was made June 13.
Potato blight hotlines in key potato-growing regions are once again available to growers.
The 13 major potato states held 73 million cwt. of potatoes in storage May 1, down 17 percent from last year and 14 percent below May 1, 2004, for comparable states, according to USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Canada and Mexico have closed their doors to shipments of fresh Idaho potatoes, and Japan has stopped all fresh shipments of U.S. potatoes after a potato cyst nematode was found on an eastern Idaho farm, according to the North American Potato Market News.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has implemented a temporary prohibition on the import of all potatoes and soil from Idaho due to the detection of Potato Cyst Nematode.
The United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and the International Fresh-cut Produce Association announced Wednesday that they intend to merge, to be called United Fresh Produce Association upon completion of the merger.
The 13 major potato states held 114 million cwt. of potatoes in storage April 1, down 11 percent from last year and 9 percent below April 1, 2004, storage for comparable states, according to USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.