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Contact: Greg Lemmons
Thursday, December 11, 2008
NEW YORK DRY BEAN
AND POTATO PRODUCTION UP
Dry bean production in New York for the
2008 crop totaled 316,000 hundredweight (cwt), up 41 percent from last year’s
production, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA's National Agricultural
Statistics Service, New York office. Harvested acreage, at 16,800 acres
was up 2 percent from last year. Yields averaged 1,880 pounds per acre, a
new record replacing the 1,860 yield set in 2003, compared with 1,360 pounds
per acre in 2007.
Light red kidney bean production in the state is estimated
at 137,000 cwt. compared with 86,000 cwt. in 2007. Production came from 7,000
acres harvested. Light red kidney beans accounted for 43 percent of the total
dry bean production in New York. Dark red kidney bean production is estimated at 38,000 cwt.
compared with 20,000 cwt. in 2007. Black turtle bean production is set at
130,000 cwt., up 29 percent from the 101,000 cwt. produced a year earlier.
Production of all other varieties totaled 11,000 cwt, down 35 percent from
a year ago.
U.S. dry edible bean production is forecast
at 25.7 million cwt. for 2008, up 2 percent from the October forecast and
up 1 percent from 2007. Planted area is forecast at 1.50 million acres, up
slightly from the October forecast but down 2 percent from 2007. Harvested
area is forecast at 1.45 million acres, 2 percent above the October forecast
but 2 percent below the previous year's harvested acreage. The average U.S. yield is forecast
at 1,775 pounds per acre, an increase of 1 pound from October's forecast and
59 pounds above the 2007 yield.
New York production of fall potatoes for 2008 is estimated at 5.70
million hundredweight (cwt.), up 9 percent from a year ago. Harvested acreage
at 17,800 was down 3 percent from last year. Yields averaged 320 cwt. per
acre, breaking the previous record of 300 cwt. in 2006 and 2003, up 35 cwt.
U.S. production of fall potatoes for 2008
is forecast at 374 million cwt., up slightly from the November forecast but
down 8 percent from 2007. Area harvested, at 921,200 acres, is virtually
unchanged from the November forecast but 8 percent lower than last year.
The average yield, forecast at 406 cwt. per acre, is down 1 cwt. from November's
forecast and down 3 cwt. from last year's record high yield.