Nov 11, 2020Maine potato yields down 18% following severe drought
Drought conditions in Maine this summer have resulted in an 18% potato yield average reduction, according to estimates from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Maine’s 2020 potato crop is estimated at 13.4 million hundredweight (cwt), down 20% from last year, even though planted acreage (51,000) was only 2% lower. Yield-per-acre averages were just 265, down 18%.
Nationally, production of U.S. fall potatoes is forecast at 415.5 million cwt, down 2% from 2019. Harvested acres are 915,700, also down 2% from last year. The average yield for 2020 is 454 cwt per acres, almost identical to 2019.