Fall potato final production for 2015 is 4.14 million hundredweight, down 5 percent from the 2014 crop, said Blair Smith, state statistician of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.
Harvested area, at 14,800 acres, is down 6 percent from 2014. The average yield of 280 hundredweight per acre is up 5 hundredweight from the previous year.
The value of all potatoes sold in 2015, at $46.6 million, decreased 8 percent from the previous year. The average price, at $12.20 per hundredweight, is down 40 cents from 2014.
The quantity of potatoes sold from the 2015 crop totaled 3.81 million hundredweight, down 5 percent from 2014. Sales accounted for 91.9 percent of 2015 production, down 0.7 percent from the previous year.
Shrinkage and loss is estimated at 290 thousand hundredweight for 2015, up 21 percent from 2014.
Potatoes used for livestock feed on farms where grown, home use, and seed on their own farms totaled 46 thousand hundredweight, down 44 percent from 2014.