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POTATOES

Released May 2008
Seasonal
No. 987-5-08

U.S. MAY 1 POTATO STOCKS UP 17 PERCENT
FROM MAY 1, 2007

The 13 major potato States held 92.7 million cwt of potatoes in storage May 1, 2008, up 17 percent from last year and 22 percent above May 1, 2006.  Potatoes in storage accounted for 23 percent of the 2007 fall storage States' production, up 3 percentage points from last year.  Klamath Basin stocks totaled 570 thousand cwt on May 1, 2008, down 5 percent from last year. 

Klamath Basin stocks include potatoes stored in California and Klamath County, Oregon.                                                     

Disappearance from the start of harvest to May 1 was at 307 million cwt, 1 percent below last year but up 3 percent from 2006.  Shrink and loss, at 23.4 million cwt, was down 3 percent from the same period in 2007 but up 6 percent from 2006. 

Processors have used 158 million cwt of the 2007 potato crop so far this season, down 3 percent from last year's season-to-date usage but up 6 percent from 2 years ago.  Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon total processing decreased 1 percent from a year ago and Maine's total processing was 3 percent below 2007.  Washington and the rest of Oregon total processing was 4 percent lower than last season.  Dehydrating usage accounted for 33.4 million cwt of the total processing, down 8 percent from last year but 11 percent above the same period in 2006.

California's, Idaho's, Oregon's, and Washington's potato stocks were up 2, 12, 33, and 79 percent from May 1, 2007, respectively, while Colorado's stocks were down 24 percent from a year ago.  Wisconsin's potato stocks were down 8 percent from last year; North Dakota's stocks were 19 percent below 2007; and potato stocks in Nebraska were down 29 percent from the previous season.  Minnesota's stocks increased 17 percent from the same date in 2007 and Michigan's potato stocks were 129 percent higher than a year ago.  Maine's potato stocks were 25 percent lower than last year.


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

State

Crop of 2006

Crop of 2007

Production

Stocks
May 1,
2007 2/

Percent
of
Production

Production

Stocks
May 1,
2008 2/

Percent
of
Production

 

1,000 cwt.

Percent

1,000 cwt.

Percent

     

CA

3,870

450

12

4,223

460

11

CO

22,686

5,800

26

20,981

4,400

21

ID

128,915

33,000

26

131,650

37,000

28

ME

17,980

5,300

29

16,530

3,950

24

MI

14,190

700

  5

14,700

1,600

11

MN

20,400

4,100

20

20,680

4,800

23

MT

3,518

   

3,696

   

NE

8,730

1,400

16

8,051

1,000

12

NY

5,700

   

5,216

   

ND

25,480

4,800

19

23,660

3,900

16

OR

18,533

4,800

26

20,238

6,400

32

WA

89,900

14,000

16

102,300

25,000

24

WI

29,370

4,000

14

28,160

3,700

13

             

Other States

 

700

   

500

 
             

13 States

389,272

79,050

20

400,085

92,710

23

             

Klamath Basin 3/

 

600

   

570

 
             

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/  Missing stocks combined into “Other States”.
3/  Includes potato stocks in CA and Klamath County, Oregon.