NASS adds nearly 1 million cwt. to ND potato production estimate
It should also be noted the losses were concentrated on fresh, chip and seed acres. Frozen processors will have plenty of potatoes in North Dakota.
MINNESOTA - In Minnesota the USDA dropped it's potato production estimate by 870,000 cwt. after lowering their acres planted and harvested by 3,000 acres. Huffaker noted a pattern in Minnesota estimates. "The USDA has developed a habit of overestimating the state's potato area early in the season, only to revise the number downward in January. This is the third consecutive year that USDA has revised the state's harvested area down by a significant amount, on January 1."
UNITED STATES - The USDA only made minor adjustments in fall production estimates in other states. When all tallied up, the U.S. production estimate was changed very little, increasing slightly from 405.17 million cwt. to 405.95 million cwt. U.S. fall production is still up 1.9% compared to 2015.