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North Dakota Potato CropUp 13 Percent
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/14/2018

Final production for the 2017 potato crop totaled 24.4 million cwt, up 13 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acres for 2017 totaled 75,000, down 6 percent from 2016. Harvested area, at 74,000 acres, was up 3 percent from the previous year. Yield for all potatoes averaged 330 cwt in 2017, 30 cwt per acre higher than the 2016 average yield.

The value of potatoes sold from the 2017 crop totaled $223 million, up less than 1 percent from 2016. The marketing year average price was $9.13 per cwt, down from $10.30 for the 2016 crop.

Potatoes sold from the 2017 crop totaled 22.7 million cwt, up 18 percent from 2016. Sales accounted for 93 percent of production, up 4 percent from the 2016 crop.

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