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North American potato production sees significant increase in 2023, USDA report reveals

The USDA, in collaboration with Statistics Canada and Servicio de Información Agroalimentaria y Pesquera (SIAP), has released a comprehensive report detailing the potato production figures for the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The 2023 combined production for the United States and Canada is estimated at 570 million cwt (hundredweight), showcasing an 8% increase from the 2022 estimate.

Breaking down the figures, the United States alone has achieved a 10% increase in potato production, with an estimated output of 441 million cwt. Meanwhile, Canadian potato growers have also contributed notably to this increase, with a harvest of 129 million cwt, marking a 4% rise from the previous year.

In contrast, the 2022 potato production for the United States, Canada, and Mexico combined had seen a decline, totaling 567 million cwt, which was 2% lower than the 2021 estimates. During that year, the United States experienced a 3% decrease in production, with an output of 402 million cwt. However, Canadian growers had a slight increase of 2%, harvesting 124 million cwt. Mexico’s production faced a downturn, with a 4% decrease, resulting in a harvest of 41.4 million cwt.

Source: USDA. Read the full report here
Photo: Maine potato field. Credit NT Franklin from Pixabay

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