FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Greg Lemmons
Monday, November 10, 2008
NEW YORK POTATO
Production of fall potatoes
in New York in 2008 is
estimated at 5.79 million hundredweight (cwt.), up 11 percent from a year
to Stephen Ropel,
Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field
Office. Yields are expected to average a record high 325 cwt. per
acre compared with 285 cwt. per acre last year. Acreage for harvest is estimated
at a record low 17.8 thousand acres, down 3 percent from last year. U.S. production of fall
potatoes for 2008 is forecast at 373 million cwt, down 8 percent from last
year. Area harvested, at 918,200 acres, is virtually unchanged from the July
estimate but 8 percent lower than last year. The average yield, forecast
at 407 cwt per acre, is down 2 cwt from last year’s record high yield and,
if realized, will be the second highest yield on record.
production is forecast at 23.6 million cwt, down 7 percent from last year.
Area for harvest totaled 85,000 acres, 4 percent below last year, while the
average yield, at 278 cwt per acre, is down 7 cwt from last season. In Maine, a wet growing season resulted in below average
potato yields. Dry weather in September promoted excellent harvest and storage
conditions. Massachusetts potato farmers battled wet conditions during the season,
while growing conditions were excellent in Rhode Island.