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POTATOES

Released September 26, 2008                                           Seasonal                                                     No. 987-6-08


2007 NEW YORK POTATO VALUE DECREASES

The results of the 2007 potato disposition and utilization survey show the value of New York's 2007 potato crop to be $61.4 million, 10 percent less than the 2006 value, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York field office.

Production was down 8 percent from 2006. Sales decreased 7 percent and the average price per hundredweight (cwt.) was $11.80, or $0.20 less than the 2006 price of $12.00.

FALL POTATOES:  Production, farm disposition, season average price, and value,
New York and United States, 2006-2007

 

Production

Used
for
seed

Farm Disposition
Used on Farm

Sold

Price
per
cwt.

Value of

Seed, feed, household
use

Shrinkage
and loss

Production

Sales

     

1,000 cwt.

   

Dollars

 1,000 dollars

   2006

   N.Y.

    5,700

     460

   100

     480

    5,120

12.00

68,400

61,440

   U.S.

398,921

23,337

4,482

28,576

365,863

  6.65

2,668,287

2,442,474

                 

   2007

               

   N.Y.

    5,216

     432

     94

     370

    4,752

11.80

61,371

55,912

   U.S.

407,517

21,547

3,899

27,796

375,823

  7.05

2,879,247

2,649,705

 


 
2007 U.S. POTATO PRODUCTION UP 1 PERCENT

Potato production in 2007 is revised to 447 million cwt, down 1 percent from the estimate in the January Crop Production 2007 Summary but 1 percent above the 2006 crop.  Harvested area, at 1.13 million acres, increased 1 percent from 2006.  The average yield of 396 cwt per acre is a record high, up 3 cwt from 2006, which had the previous record high.

Fall potato production is finalized at 408 million cwt for 2007, 2 percent above the 2006 crop.  Area harvested in 2007 is 996,800 acres, up 1 percent from the previous year.  The average yield, at 409 cwt per acre, is a record high, 3 cwt above the previous record high set in 2006.

The value of all potatoes sold in 2007, at $3.11 billion, increased 5 percent from the previous year.  The average price, at $7.51 per cwt, is up $0.21 from 2006.  The quantity of potatoes sold from the 2007 crop totaled 414 million cwt, up 2 percent from2006.  Sales account for 93 percent of 2007 production, up slightly from the previous year.

Processors used 278 million cwt of raw potatoes from the 2007 crop, up 4 percent from 2006.  Table stock sales totaled 112 million cwt, 2 percent below the previous year.  Seed sales of 22.3 million cwt are down 6 percent from 2006.  Sales for livestock feed, at 1.23 million cwt, decreased 26 percent from a year earlier.

Potatoes used for chips and shoestrings totaled 53.6 million cwt in 2007, down 18 percent from the previous year.  Frozen french fries and other frozen products utilized 168 million cwt of raw potatoes, which increased 12 percent from 2006.  Potatoes used for dehydrating totaled 49.5 million cwt, 2 percent above 2006.  Canning use, at 3.34 million cwt, is up 16 percent from the previous year.  Starch, flour, and other products were made from 4.08 million cwt of potatoes, about 3 times more than in 2006.

This report, in addition to many others, is available free of charge at our website at www.nass.usda.gov/ny/.

POTATOES:  Utilization of Crops, United States, 2005-2007

Utilization Items

2005

2006

2007

 

 1,000 cwt.

   Sales

     

      Table Stock

114,123

113,909

111,835

       

      Processing

     

         Chips and Shoestrings

52,294

65,199

53,492

         Dehydration 1/

43,387

48,564

49,491

         Frozen French Fries

126,429

125,438

140,878

         Other Frozen Products

25,376

24,083

26,992

         Canned Products

2,174

1,947

2,528

         Other Canned Products (Hash, Stews, Soups)

958

925

808

         Starch, Flour, and Other

1,622

1,362

4,082

         Total

252,240

267,518

278,271

       

      Other Sales

     

         Livestock Feed

1,999

1,660

1,230

         Seed

22,254

23,671

22,271

       

         Total

24,253

25,331

23,501

       

      Total Sales

390,616

406,758

413,607

       

   Non-Sales

     

      Seed Used on Farms Where Grown

3,595

3,503

2,985

      Household Use and Used for Feed

            on Farms Where Grown

1,196

1,235

1,119

      Shrinkage and Loss

28,519

29,852

29,096

       

      Total Non-Sales

33,310

34,590

33,200

       

   TOTAL PRODUCTION

423,926

441,348

446,807

       

1/  Dehydrated products except starch and flour.