Potatoes On a Roll
Shelly--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service issued its initial potato forecast July 11 of 345,000 acres planted in Idaho.
That’s up 8% from the 320,000 acres planted in 2011, according to the report.
Nationwide, potato acreage is expected to be about 5% higher this year, with total planted acreage estimated at 1.15 million. The figure includes plantings from all four season, with fall being about 1 million acres alone.
The July 11 estimate was based on mail surveys and follow-up phone interviews with growers, said Brad Early, an agricultural statistician with the service’s Boise office.
The USDA will issue an objective crop estimate Nov. 9 based on digging three hills of potatoes in two locations in selected fields just before harvest. The results are used to develop per-acre yields, he said.
Bryan Searle of Shelly says the norkotah crop is looking good with high yields and packouts. He says he's looking forward to the russet burbanks.