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POTATOES

Released March 2006
Seasonal

No. 987-3-06

NEW YORK POTATO STOCKS INCREASE

Potato stocks, held for all purposes on March 1, 2006 by New York growers, dealers, and processors, totaled 1.30 million hundredweight (cwt.), up 86 percent from last year. The USDA’s New York Agricultural Statistics Service estimated disappearance in February 2006 at 400,000 cwt., compared with 600,000 a year ago.  Storage accounted for 25 percent of the 2005 potato production, up 11 points from a year ago.

The 13 major potato States held 154 million cwt of potatoes in storage March 1, 2006, down 8 percent from last year and 7 percent below March 1, 2004, for comparable States. Ohio and Pennsylvania were dropped from the potato stocks program starting with the 2005 storage season. Potatoes in storage account for 41 percent of the 2005 fall storage States’ production, down 1 percentage point from last year.

Disappearance of 219 million cwt from the start of harvest to March 1, is down 6 percent from last year for comparable States. Shrink and loss, at 20.1 million cwt, is down 18 percent from last year for comparable States.

Processors have used 115 million cwt of 2005 crop potatoes so far this season, down 3 percent from a year ago and 5 percent below 2 years ago. Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon, total processing decreased 4 percent from a year ago and Washington and the rest of Oregon total processing dropped 5 percent from last season. Dehydrating usage accounts for 23.2 million cwt of the total processing, down 11 percent from both last year and the same date in 2004.

Western States held 113 million cwt of potatoes in storage on March 1, down 4 percent from last year. Both Idaho’s and Colorado’s potato stocks are down 14 percent from last year. California’s stocks decreased 40 percent from 2005. Oregon’s potato stocks are up 28 percent from last year, Montana’s potato sheds stored 21 percent more than in 2005, and Washington’s stocks increased 10 percent from last season.

Central States accounted for 31.2 million cwt of potato stocks on March 1, down 21 percent from last year for comparable States. Wisconsin’s potato stocks decreased 2 percent from last year, Minnesota’s stocks are down 19 percent from 2005, and stocks in North Dakota are 49 percent below last season. Michigan potato stocks are unchanged from the same date in 2005.

Eastern States stored 10.0 million cwt of potatoes on March 1, down 1 percent from last year for comparable States. Maine’s potato sheds held 7 percent less than last year, while New York’s potato stocks increased 86 percent from a year ago.


FALL POTATOES:  Production and Stocks on February 1, 2005-2006 1/

State

Crop of 2004

Crop of 2005

Production

Stocks

Mar. 1,

2005 2/

Percent

of

Production

Production

Stocks

Mar. 1,

2006

Percent

of

Production

 

1,000 cwt.

Percent

1,000 cwt.

Percent

     

 CA

3,648

1,500

41

3,240

900

28

 CO

23,791

11,900

50

22,292

10,200

46

 ID

131,970

64,000

48

116,975

55,000

47

 ME

19,065

9,400

49

15,736

8,700

55

 MI

13,650

3,600

26

13,920

3,600

26

 MN

18,920

8,800

47

17,630

7,100

40

 MT

3,551

2,400

68

3,434

2,900

84

 NE

9,288

   

8,245

3,300

40

 NY

5,184

700

14

5,226

1,300

25

 ND

26,765

13,100

49

20,500

6,700

33

 OH 3/

1,080

         

 OR

19,775

9,000

46

22,023

11,500

52

 PA 3/

2,640

700

27

     

 WA

93,810

29,000

31

95,480

32,000

34

 WI

30,450

10,700

35

27,880

10,500

38

             

Other States

 

3,220

       
             

15 States 4/

403,587

168,020

42

372,581

153,700

41

     

1/  Stocks include processor holdings and most of the seed to plant following year's crop.
     Seed usage for all seasons in 2005 totaled 24.7 million cwt.

2/  Missing stocks combined into 'Other States'.

3/  Stock estimates discontinued in 2005.

4/  13 States for the 2005 crop.