Dec 18, 2020
Potatoes in stock up ‘slightly’ from a year ago, according to USDA

Potato stocks in Idaho totaled 97.0 million cwt as of Dec. 1, 2020.¬†Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 39.5 million cwt, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Dec. 17.

Dec. 1 potato stocks in Oregon totaled 22.4 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 5.50 million cwt.

In Washington, Dec. 1 potato stocks totaled 55.0 million cwt. Disappearance to date totaled 41.3 million cwt.

Nationally, the major potato-producing states held 270 million cwt in storage on Dec. 1, 2020, up slightly from a year ago. Potatoes in storage accounted for 65% of the states’ 2020 production compared with 63% a year earlier.

The indicated potato disappearance, at 145 million cwt, was down 7% from the same period last year. Season-to-date shrink and loss, at 13.2 million cwt, was 9% higher than the same time last year.


Processors in Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon used 27.195 million cwt of potatoes for the season, up 2% from Dec. 1, 2019.

In Washington and other Oregon counties, 31.930 million cwt of potatoes had been used by processors for the season, down 8% from the previous year. Processors in the eight major states used 71.9 million cwt of potatoes for the season, down 6% from Dec. 1, 2019.

Dehydrated usage accounted for 13.140 million cwt of the total potatoes processed, up 11% from the previous year.

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