Apr 15, 2011
Potato stocks down 18 percent from April 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported on Friday, April 15, 2011 that the 13 major potato producing states held 106 million cwt in storage April 1, 2011, down 18 percent from one year ago.

On April 1, 2011, Klamath Basin stocks totaled 1.2 million cwt, down 8 percent from 2010. Klamath Basin stocks include potatoes stored in California and Klamath County, Oregon. Potato disappearance at 246 million cwt, 4 percent below April 1, 2010. Season-to-date shrink and loss totaled 20.4 million cwt, down 16 percent from April 1, 2010. Processors in the 9 major states have used 127 million cwt of potatoes this season, up 2 percent from the same period last year. Dehydrating usage accounted fro 19.5 million cwt of the total processing, down 16 percent from last year.

Potato stocks held by growers, dealers and processors in Idaho on April 1, 2011 totaled 42.5 million cwt, 10.5 million cwt less than held on April, 2010. This is the lowest April 1 stocks since 1990. Disappearance, at 71.9 million cwt, down from last year’s 79.5 million cwt.

North Dakota growers, dealers and processors held 5.9 million cwt of potatoes in storage on April 1, 2011, up 18 percent from one year ago.

Washington state reported that potatoes stored as of April 1, 2011 totaled 17.8 million cwt, 9.3 million cwt less than the 27.1 million cwt in storage on April 1, 2010, a drop of 34 percent.

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