The 13 major potato states held 106 million cwt of potatoes in storage April 1, 2011, down 18% from a year ago. Potatoes in storage accounted for 30% of the 2010 Fall storage states’ production, 4% below April 1, 2010. Processors in the 9 major states have used 127 million cwt of potatoes this season, up 2% from the same period last year. Dehyrating usage accounted for 19.5 million cwt of the total processing, down 16% from last year.
Survey Procedures: Potato stocks surveys are conducted in 13 major Fall potato producing states, which account for nearly 88% of the United States ALL potato production. Growers, processors, and storage facilities are contacted each month from December thru June to obtain the quantity of potatoes stored as of the first of the month, as well as shrinkage and loss information. Processing data is collected in nine states (Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, & Wisconsin).
Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, April 2011