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Published July 12, 2012, 06:31 AM

North Dakota potato acres up about 5 percent

North Dakota farmers planted about 88,000 acres of potatoes this year, an increase of about 5 percent over the year.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO — North Dakota farmers planted about 88,000 acres of potatoes this year, an increase of about 5 percent over the year.

The Agriculture Department says russets account for nearly half of the acreage. Whites, reds and yellows make up the rest.

North Dakota is the sixth-leading producer of potatoes among the states, accounting for about 5 percent of the nation's production.

Acres nationwide this year are estimated at 1 million, also up 5 percent from 2011.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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