Nov 8, 2019
Wisconsin ’19 potato crop estimate shows rebound from bad year

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that the Wisconsin potato crop will be 29.0 million cwt this year.

While this year was a wet one in Wisconsin, it wasn’t nearly as bad as last year, when the crop fell more than 10% from the previous year. The 2018 estimate at this time was 26.8 million cwt, although the final USDA-NASS tally was slightly higher at 27.14 million cwt.

Wisconsin produced in excess of 29 million cwt in both 2016 and 2017.

A total of 69,000 potato acres in Wisconsin were expected to be harvested this year, up from 67,000 in 2018. It was 70,000 in 2017 and 68,000 in 2016.

Yield-per-acre average in Wisconsin projects at 420 cwt after being 405 a year ago. That number was 425 cwt in 2017 and 435 cwt in 2016.

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