A June 30 report -published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service- estimates that the state of Idaho planted 300,000 acres this season, down by 10,000 acres from the prior year. NASS estimates Washington’s potato crop at 145,000 acres, down by 20,000 acres, and Oregon’s spud acreage is said to held flat at 45,000 acres. According to NASS the US potato crop, at 921,000 acres, was down by 47,300 acres.
The United Potato Growers of Idaho also issues an Idaho potato acreage count, estimating an even deeper cut in Idaho’s planted potato acreage, at 295,790 acres. Potato markets are especially sensitive to the volume of production, with a slight reduction in acreage usually improving returns to growers significantly.
“It will be the second lowest acreage since 1998. That’s good news,” said Rick Shawver, CEO of UPGI.
Based on Idaho’s average potato yield, the acreage reduction could reduce the state’s harvest by more than 6 million hundredweight of spuds, according to Dan Hargraves, executive director of Southern Idaho Potato Cooperative.
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