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POTATOES

Released July 20, 2006
Seasonal
No. 987-6-06

NEW YORK POTATO ACREAGE INCREASES

New York potato growers planted an estimated 20,600 acres of potatoes this year according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.   This is up 1 percent from the record low in 2005.  Acres for harvest is forecast at 20,100, the same as last year.

U.S. area planted to fall potatoes for 2006 is estimated at 990,500 acres, up 2 percent from last year but 5 percent below 2004.  Harvested acres are forecast at 974,400, up 3 percent from 2005 but 5 percent below 2 years ago.  This increase is due in part to low ending stocks and higher prices.

Growers in Eastern States have planted an estimated 94,000 acres of fall potatoes this year, up 2 percent from last year but 5 percent below the 2004 acreage.  Maine's planted acreage is estimated at 59,000 acres, up 3 percent from last year.  Growers in Massachusetts planted 16 percent more acres than 2005, while acreage in Pennsylvania decreased 4 percent.  New York planted area is up less than 1 percent, while Rhode Island's planted acreage is unchanged from 2005.  In the New England States, warm dry weather early in the season allowed most of the crop to be planted before heavy rains arrived in mid May.  The rest of the crop was planted late May to early June.

Central States planted an estimated 285,800 acres of fall potatoes this year, up 5 percent from last year but 2 percent below two years ago.  Planting progressed normally in most central States with the crop in good condition.  North Dakota's planted acreage increased 9 percent.  Plant development is ahead of average due in part to favorable temperatures.  Planted acres increased 13 percent in Minnesota from a year ago.  Michigan and Nebraska growers planted the same amount of acres as last year.  Wisconsin producers decreased acres 1 percent from last year and Ohio's planted acres are down 11 percent.

Western States potato area is estimated at 610,700 acres planted this year, up 1 percent from last year but 5 percent below 2004. Crop condition in the western States is mostly good to excellent. Idaho growers increased their planted acreage 2 percent from last year.  The crop progress in Idaho is ahead of the 5-year average.  Washington producers planted 1 percent more than a year ago.  Colorado growers increased acreage 3 percent this year.  California's fall potato acres are up 8 percent, Nevada's acres increased 18 percent, and New Mexico growers planted 6 percent more acres.  Planted acres in Oregon dropped 6 percent and Montana producers decreased acreage 5 percent.

POTATOES – Area Planted and Harvested 2005-2006

Seasonal Group and State

    Acres Planted

Acres Harvested

  2005

2006

  2005

2006

 

1,000 acres

   

Winter

20.0

17.7

19.8

17.5

Spring

68.0

71.1

66.7

69.7

Summer

53.4

58.7

51.4

56.8

Fall

       

     CA

7.2

7.8

7.2

7.8

     CO

58.2

59.9

57.9

59.7

      ID  - Total

325.0

330.0

323.0

328.0

           - 10 SW Co

21.0

19.0

21.0

19.0

           - Other ID

304

311.0

302.0

309.0

    ME

57.5

59.0

56.2

56.0

    MA

2.5

2.9

2.4

2.8

    MI

44.0

44.0

43.5

43.5

    MN

46.0

52.0

43.0

49.0

    MT

11.0

10.5

10.9

10.4

    NE

19.5

19.5

19.4

19.2

    NV

5.5

6.5

5.5

6.5

    NM2/

4.7

5.0

4.2

5.0

    NY

20.5

20.6

20.1

20.1

    ND

92.0

100.0

82.0

95.0

    OH

3.7

3.3

3.6

3.1

    OR - Total

37.3

35.0

37.1

35.0

           - Malheur

3.8

3.0

3.8

3.0

           - Other OR

33.5

32.0

33.3

32.0

    PA

11.5

11.0

11.0

10.8

    RI

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

    WA

154.0

156.0

154.0

156.0

    WI

68.0

67.0

68.0

66.0

         

    Total

968.6

990.5

949.5

974.4

         

 US

1,110.0

1,138.0

1,087.4

1,118.4

         

1/ Estimates discontinued in 2005.
2/ Summer potatoes combined with fall potatoes in 2005.