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POTATO REPORT

 

Released February 2008
Seasonal
No. 987-2-08

NEW YORK POTATO STOCKS DECREASE

Potato stocks, held for all purposes on February 1, 2008 by New York growers, dealers, and processors, totaled 1.20 million hundredweight (cwt.), down 14 percent from last year according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.   Disappearance in January 2008 is estimated at 700,000 cwt., down 12 percent from last year.  Storage accounted for 23 percent of the 2007 potato production, down 2 percent from a year ago. 

The 13 major potato States held 206 million cwt of potatoes in storage February 1, 2008, up 7 percent from last year and 9 percent above February 1, 2006. Potatoes in storage accounted for 52 percent of the 2007 fall storage States’ production, up 3 percentage points from last year. Klamath Basin stocks totaled 2.70 million cwt on February 1, 2008, 4 percent higher than last year. Klamath Basin includes California and Klamath County, Oregon potato stocks.

Disappearance of 194 million cwt from the start of harvest to February 1 was down 1 percent from last year but up 5 percent from 2006. Shrink and loss, at 18.0 million cwt, was down 2 percent from the previous year but 7 percent above the same date in 2006.

Processors have used 104 million cwt of 2007 crop potatoes so far this season, down 4 percent from a year ago but 8 percent above 2 years ago. Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon total processing decreased 3 percent from a year ago, Maine’s total processing was 3 percent below the same date in 2007, and Washington and the rest of Oregon total processing was down 6 percent from last season. Dehydrating usage was 20.9 million cwt of the total processing, down 12 percent from last year but 9 percent above the same date in 2006.

 Western States held 152 million cwt of potatoes in storage on February 1, up 12 percent from last year and 10 percent above 2006. Idaho’s potato stocks were up 6 percent from last year; Washington’s potato sheds held 32 percent more than last year; and Oregon’s stocks increased 19 percent from last season. Montana’s potato sheds held 13 percent more stocks than last year and California’s potato stocks increased 8 percent from last season. Colorado’s potato stocks declined 15 percent from last year. 

Central States accounted for 43.3 million cwt of potato stocks on February 1, down 2 percent from last year but 10 percent above the same date in 2006. Wisconsin’s potato stocks were unchanged from last year; North Dakotas’s sheds held 17 percent less; and potato stocks in Minnesota were 1 percent below last season. Nebraska’s potato stocks decreased 8 percent from the same date in 2007. Michigan’s potato sheds held 35 percent more than a year ago.

Eastern States stored 10.8 million cwt of potatoes on February 1, down 15 percent from last year and 5 percent below February 1, 2006. Maine’s potato sheds held 15 percent less than last year, while New York’s potato stocks declined 14 percent from a year ago.

 

 FALL POTATOES:  Production and Stocks on February 1, 2007-2008 1/

State

Crop of 2006

Crop of 2007

Production

Stocks
Feb. 1,
2006

Percent
of
Production

Production

Stocks
Feb. 1,
2007

Percent
of
Production

 

1,000 cwt.

Percent

1,000 cwt.

Percent

     

 CA

3,870

1,300

35

4,223

1,400

33

 CO

22,686

13,100

58

20,981

11,200

53

 ID

128,915

70,000

54

131,650

74,000

56

 ME

17,980

11,300

63

16,530

9,600

58

 MI

14,190

4,600

32

14,700

6,200

42

 MN

20,400

10,000

49

20,680

9,900

48

 MT

3,518

3,200

91

3,696

3,600

97

 NE

8,730

4,000

46

8,051

3,700

46

 NY

5,700

1,400

25

5,216

1,200

23

 ND

25,480

12,000

47

23,660

10,000

42

 OR

18,533

11,700

63

20,238

13,900

69

 WA

89,900

36,500

41

102,300

48,000

47

 WI

29,370

13,500

46

28,160

13,500

48

             

Klamath Basin2/

       

2,600

 
             

13 States

389,272

192,600

49

400,085

206,200

52

     

1/ Stocks include processor holdings and most of the seed to plant following year's crop.
    Seed usage for all seasons in 2007 totaled 25.6 million cwt.

2/ Estimates began in December 2007.  Includes potato stocks in CA and Klamath Co. OR.