2023 potato seed reports yield variation in weather, acreage
Growers across the country experienced a range of conditions and challenges in the 2023 harvest, with a cold spring that delayed planting in Idaho and rain that dampened yields in Maine and Nebraska.
Certified seed potato acreage dropped in several states, though states including New York, Oregon and Idaho saw increases. Wisconsin recorded a 403-acre increase, its largest acreage entered in several years.
More details about this year’s harvest in the nation’s primary potato-producing states are available below. Reports are listed alphabetically and provided by each state’s seed organization.
The post-COVID 19 pandemic seed potato production landscape in California has been exciting. The state has four major commercial potato production regions. Read the full report.
Each year is unique, and 2023 was no exemption. Colorado had a very cool spring and temperatures did not significantly rise until the middle of June. However, once it was ready to warm up, it got pretty hot! Read the full report.
The 2023 Idaho seed potato crop got off to somewhat of a slow start this season with slightly delayed planting in cooler than normal temperatures. Late spring frosts were also an issue in some areas of the state. Read the full report.
The 2023 growing season was very challenging for many growers as large rain events during the growing season likely impacted the crop. Seed acreage was down again slightly, roughly 7% from last year. Read the full report.
A detailed Michigan report was not available by press time.
Certified seed potato growers in Minnesota applied to certify 6,826.91 acres for the 2023 crop year, a decrease from 8,846.23 acres in the 2022 crop year. In total, 5,793.27 acres were certified. Read the full report.
Montana’s 2023 seed potato harvest was completed mid-October with near-perfect harvest conditions. Most seed potato growing areas experienced wetter-than- normal conditions in June and average temperatures and precipitation in July and August. Read the full report.
Acres entered for seed certification in Nebraska for the 2023 crop totaled 8,026.44. This was a 5.6% increase over the 2022 crop (7,577.63 acres). Read the full report.
Certified seed potato acres in New York State increased by 100 acres in 2023 from last year with 881 total acres inspected. The Lamoka and Waneta varieties represented the largest acreages in the state with 277.8 and 179.6 acres inspected respectively. Read the full report.
By May 15, according to the USDA- NASS Crop Progress and Condition of North Dakota Potato Crop report, 20% of the North Dakota crop had been planted, which was 3% behind 2022 but 33% behind the average for the state. Planting conditions were delayed due to a large snowpack, and the situation was exacerbated by hot conditions in May and June. Read the full report.
In 2023, Oregon Seed Certification Service (OSCS) certified 3,277 acres
of seed potatoes, 197 acres more than 2022. There were no lots rejected this year, though we did have several lots that were not accepted due to the percent PVY on the incoming seed. Read the full report.
A total of 3,320 acres of seed potatoes entered certification during the 2023 growing season. This is a 416-acre decrease from last year. Read the full report.
Wisconsin seed potato growers entered 9,747.8 acres for certification during the 2023 growing season. Acreage was up 403.3 acres from 2022, and the largest acreage entered in several years. Read the full report.