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POTATOES

Released March 2007
Seasonal

No. 987-3-07

NEW YORK POTATO STOCKS DECREASE

Potato stocks, held for all purposes on March 1, 2007 by New York growers, dealers, and processors, totaled  800,000 hundredweight (cwt.), down 33 percent from last year. The USDA’s New York Agricultural Statistics Service estimated disappearance in February 2007 at 300,000 cwt., compared with 400,000 a year ago.  Storage accounted for 14 percent of the 2006 potato production, down 9 points from a year ago.

The 13 major potato States held 153 million cwt of potatoes in storage March 1, 2007, down 1 percent from last year and 3 percent below March 1, 2005, for comparable States. Ohio and Pennsylvania were dropped from the potato stocks program starting with the 2005 storage season. Potatoes in storage account for 40 percent of the 2006 fall storage States’ production, down 2 percentage points from last year.

Disappearance of 229 million cwt from the start of harvest to March 1, is up 5 percent from last year for comparable States. Shrink and loss, at 20.1 million cwt, is up 9 percent from last year for comparable States.

Processors have used 125 million cwt of 2006 crop potatoes so far this season, up 9 percent from a year ago and 5 percent above 2 years ago. Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon, total processing increased 10 percent from a year ago and Washington and the rest of Oregon total processing was up 3 percent from last season. Dehydrating usage accounts for 25.6 million cwt of the total processing, up 12 percent from last year  but 2 percent below the same date in 2005.

Western States held 107 million cwt of potatoes in storage on March 1, up 15 percent from last year. Idaho’s potato stocks are down 4 percent from last year. California’s stocks increased 33 percent from 2006. Oregon’s potato stocks declined 16 percent from last year, Montana’s potato sheds stored 6 percent less than in 2006, and Washington’s stocks decreased 12 percent from last season.  Colorado’s potato sheds held 1 percent more stocks than last year.

Central States accounted for 35.2 million cwt of potato stocks on March 1, up 15 percent from last year for comparable States. Wisconsin’s potato stocks increased 11 percent from last year, Minnesota’s stocks are up 11 percent from 2006, and stocks in North Dakota are 32 percent above last season. Michigan potato stocks are 13 percent above last season.

Eastern States stored 10.8 million cwt of potatoes on March 1, up 13 percent from last year for comparable States. Maine’s potato sheds held 19 percent more than last year, while New York’s potato stocks declined 33 percent from a year ago.


                          FALL POTATOES:  Production and Stocks on February 1, 2006-2007 1/

State

Crop of 2005

Crop of 2006

Production

Stocks
Mar. 1,
2006

Percent
of
Production

Production

Stocks
Mar. 1,
2007

Percent
of
Production

 

1,000 cwt.

Percent

1,000 cwt.

Percent

     

 CA

3,306

900

27

3,783

1,200

32

 CO

22,910

11,200

49

22,686

11,300

50

 ID

118,288

56,000

47

121,820

53,500

44

 ME

15,455

8,400

54

18,270

10,000

55

 MI

13,910

3,100

22

14,190

3,500

25

 MN

17,630

7,100

40

20,400

7,900

39

 MT

3,445

3,200

93

3,518

3,000

85

 NE

8,245

3,300

40

8,633

3,300

38

 NY

5,226

1,200

23

5,700

800

14

 ND

20,500

7,200

35

25,480

9,500

37

 OR

22,023

11,500

52

18,533

9,700

52

 WA

95,480

32,500

34

89,900

28,500

32

 WI

27,880

9,900

36

29,370

11,000

37

             

Klamath Basin2/

       

2,200

 
             

13 States 3/

374,298

155,500

42

382,283

153,200

40

     

1/  Stocks include processor holdings and most of the seed to plant following year's crop.
     Seed usage for all seasons in 2006 totaled 25.6 million cwt.
2/  Estimates began in December 2006.  Includes potato stocks in CA and Klamath Co. OR
3/  13 States for the 2006 crop.