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Michigan Potato Production Up 9.3 Percent
Michigan Ag Connection - 11/13/2017

Michigan's 2017 potato crop was forecast to be 18.6 million hundredweight (cwt), up 9.3 percent from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Planted acres, at 47,500, increased 500 acres from last year. Harvested acres, at 46,500, were up 500 from 2016.

Average yield, forecasted at 400 cwt per acre, was up 30 cwt from the previous year and if realized would be a record high. The first potato stocks estimate for the 2017 crop year will be released December 19, 2017.

Nationally, production of fall potatoes for 2017 is forecast at 398.9 million cwt, down 1.9 percent from 2016. Area harvested, at 900,600 acres, is down about 1 percent from the 2016 estimate. The average yield forecast, at 443 cwt per acre, is down 4 cwt per acre from a year ago.

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