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.