U.S. potato seed acres declined in 2018. A Dec. 12 issue of North American Potato Market News indicates the acreage figure is the fewest in 25 years.
Editor Bruce Huffaker of Idaho Falls, Idaho, analyzed the 2018 seed crop in the U.S. and Canada, based on state seed directory figures. Ted Kreis, editor of Potato Bytes, emphasized the facts in a weekly newsletter published by the Northern Plains Potato Grower Association:
• Total U.S. certified seed acres are down 6.5 percent at 100,914 acres, the fewest in 25 years.
• Total Canadian seed acres are up 0.8 percent at 54,185 acres.
• Major chip variety seed acres are up 6.2 percent in the U.S.
• Russet table stock seed acres in the U.S. are down 4.3 percent.
• New Russet table stock variety Silverton acres increased 32.7 percent with nearly all seed grown in Wisconsin and North Dakota,
• Major processing variety acres are down 5 percent in the U.S.
• Yellow potato seed acres in the U.S. are near the same as 2017 despite increasing demand.
• U.S. Red Norland acres are down 13.2 percent. This is an older variety for the Red River Valley area.
• Acres of U.S. Dark Red Norland, which does well in the Red River Valley, are down 5.5 percent.
• Dakota Pearl acres are down 10.8 percent in the U.S. but up 13.9 percent in Canada.
• Dakota Russet acres are up 3.1 percent in U.S. and 52.4 percent in Canada.