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POTATO REPORT
March 2008

NEW YORK POTATO STOCKS DECREASE

Potato stocks, held for all purposes on March 1, 2008 by New York growers, dealers, and processors, totaled 700,000 hundredweight (cwt.), down 30 percent from last year according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.   Storage accounted for 13 percent of the 2007 potato production, down 5 percent from a year ago. 

The 13 major potato States held 172 million cwt of potatoes in storage March 1, 2008, up 8 percent from last year and 10 percent above March 1, 2006.  Potatoes in storage accounted for 43 percent of the 2007 fall storage States' production, up 2 percentage points from last year.  Klamath Basin stocks totaled 2.05 million cwt on March 1, 2008, 7 percent lower than last year.  Klamath Basin includes California and Klamath County, Oregon potato stocks.

Disappearance of 228 million cwt from the start of harvest to March 1 was down 1 percent from last year but up 4 percent from 2006.  Shrink and loss, at 19.7 million cwt, was down 3 percent from the previous year but 7 percent above the same date in 2006. 

Processors have used 123 million cwt of 2007 crop potatoes so far this season, down 3 percent from a year ago but 8 percent above 2 years ago.  Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon total processing decreased 1 percent from a year ago, as did Maine's total processing.  Washington and the rest of Oregon total processing was down 5 percent from last season.  Dehydrating usage was 25.2 million cwt of the total processing, down 10 percent from last year but 11 percent above the same date in 2006.

Western States held 129 million cwt of potatoes in storage on March 1, up 13 percent from last year and 11 percent above 2006.  Idaho's potato stocks were up 6 percent from last year; Washington's potato sheds held 40 percent more than last year; and Oregon's stocks increased 20 percent from last season.  Montana's potato sheds held 6 percent more stocks than last year.  California's and Colorado's potato stocks decreased 8 and 16 percent, respectively, from last year.

Central States accounted for 34.6 million cwt of potato stocks on March 1, down 3 percent from last year but 13 percent above the same date in 2006.  Wisconsin's potato stocks were down 2 percent from last year; North Dakotas's sheds held 19 percent less; and potato stocks in Nebraska were 12 percent below last season.  Minnesota's potato stocks increased 2 percent from the same date in 2007 and Michigan's potato sheds held 39 percent more than a year ago.

Eastern States stored 8.70 million cwt of potatoes on March 1, down 19 percent from last year and 9 percent below March 1, 2006.  Maine's potato sheds held 18 percent less than last year, while New York's potato stocks declined 30 percent from a year ago.

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

State

Crop of 2007

Crop of 2008

Production

Stocks    Feb. 1, 2007

Percent
of
Production

Production

Stocks
Feb. 1, 2008

Percent
of
Production

 

1,000 cwt.

Percent

1,000 cwt.

Percent

     

 CA

3,870

1,200

31

4,223

1,100

26

 CO

22,686

11,300

50

20,981

9,500

45

 ID

128,915

59,500

46

131,650

63,000

48

 ME

17,980

9,800

55

16,530

8,000

48

 MI

14,190

3,300

23

14,700

4,600

31

 MN

20,400

8,300

41

20,680

8,500

41

 MT

3,518

3,100

88

3,696

3,300

89

 NE

8,730

3,400

39

8,051

3,000

37

 NY

5,700

1,000

18

5,216

700

13

 ND

25,480

9,900

39

23,660

8,000

34

 OR

18,533

9,700

52

20,238

11,600

57

 WA

89,900

28,500

32

102,300

40,000

39

 WI

29,370

10,700

36

28,160

10,500

37

             

  13 States

389,272

159,700

41

400,085

171,800

43

             

  Klamath Basin 2/

 

2,200

   

2,050

 
             

1/ Stocks include processor holdings and most of the seed to plant following year's crop.
    Seed usage for all seasons in 2007 totaled 26.4 million cwt.

2/ Includes potato stocks in CA and Klamath Co. OR.

 

S.C. Ropel, B.L. Smith, W.G.Lemmons, Statisticians