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Published April 16, 2010, 03:50 PM

Potato stocks down in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 21 percent from a year ago and 17 percent from 2008.

FARGO, N.D. — Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 21 percent from a year ago and 17 percent from 2008.

The Agriculture Department says the amount of potatoes held by growers, dealers and processors in the state on April 1 stood at 5 million hundredweight — the lowest April 1 level in 21 years.

Current stocks represent 26 percent of production.

Nationwide, potato stocks on April 1 stood at 129 million hundredweight — up 11 percent from last year.

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