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US potato production down 6%

According to the USDA, production of potatoes for the 2019 crop year in the US is forecast at 422 million cwt, down 6 percent from last year. Planted acreage, at 961,800 acres, is down 1 percent from the June estimate. Area harvested, at 938,900 acres, is down 7 percent from the previous year. The yield forecast, at 450 cwt per acre, is up 7 cwt from last year’s yield.

As reported by Kiowa County Press, the USDA says potato growers in Colorado produced an estimated 19.67 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, down 9 percent from last year’s crop.

Potatoes produced in the San Luis Valley totaled 18.39 million hundredweight compared with 20.12 million hundredweight produced last year.

Potatoes grown in all other areas in Colorado totaled 1.27 million hundredweight compared with 1.60 million hundredweight last year. Average yield, at 386 hundredweight per acre, decreased 9 hundredweight per acre from the combined yield attained last year. The harvested area, estimated at 51,000 acres is down from the 55,000 acres harvested last year.

Source: Kiowa County Press 

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