45,000 Acres Planted to Potatoes in Michigan

45,000 Acres Planted to Potatoes in Michigan

Majority of acreage is white potatoes; certified seed acres increase.

Michigan potato growers planted 45,000 acres in 2011, according to the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office.

Harvested acreage is forecast at 44,500 acres in 2011. Potato acreage by type is 85% white, 13% russet, and 2% red.

Certified seed acreage is estimated at 2,365 acres for 2011. Last year, 2,273 acres for seed were certified.

The first yield and production estimate for the 2011 Michigan potato crop will be released on November 9.

Nationally, area planted to fall potatoes in 2011 is estimated at 948,600 acres, up 6% from the 2010 crop year. Harvested area is forecast at 936,100 acres, also up 6% from 2010. 

In  Idaho,  growers  increased  acreage  from  last  year  driven  by  strong  prices.  In  California,  adequate  water supplies led to increased potato acreage in the Klamath Basin. In Colorado producers continued to voluntarily limit acreage for water conservation. 

Less  than  optimal  planting  and  growing  conditions  delayed  the  fall  potato  crop  in  Maine  where  potato development was 1-2 weeks behind schedule as of June 19. Heavy rains in mid-June reportedly led to drown outs in some low lying areas. In North Dakota, cold, wet weather caused delays in planting.  In Oregon, crop development was reportedly behind due to cold, wet spring conditions.

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