2017-12-07 / Community

Michigan potato production might set record for 2017

LANSING - Michigan’s 2017 potato crop was forecast to be 18.6 million hundredweight (cwt), up 9.3 percent from a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Great Lakes Region. Planted acres, at 47,500, increased 500 acres from last year. Harvested acres, at 46,500, were up 500 from 2016. Average yield, forecasted at 400 cwt per acre, was up 30 cwt from the previous year and if realized would be a record high. The first potato stocks estimate for the 2017 crop year will be released Dec. 19.

Nationally, production of fall potatoes for 2017 is forecast at 398.9 million cwt, down 1.9 percent from 2016. Area harvested, at 900,600 acres, is down about 1 percent from the 2016 estimate. The average yield forecast, at 443 cwt per acre, is down 4 cwt per acre from a year ago.

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