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Published March 15, 2010, 11:30 AM

Potato stocks down in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 14 percent from a year ago and 13 percent from 2008.

FARGO, N.D. — Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 14 percent from a year ago and 13 percent from 2008.

The Agriculture Department says the amount of potatoes held by growers, dealers and processors in the state on March 1 stood at 7 million hundredweight — the lowest March 1 level in 21 years.

Current stocks represent 37 percent of production.

Nationwide, potato stocks on March 1 stood at 170 million hundredweight — up 11 percent from last year and up 4 percent from 2008.

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