About 385 million cwt. are expected in 2011-12, up from 367 million cwt. last season, according to the Nov. 30 North American Potatoes report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The report, a joint effort of the USDA and Statistics Canada, also forecasts potato production in Canada. About 93 million cwt. are expected from Canada in 2011-12, down 4% from the season before.
The U.S. total would be the highest since 2009, when 394 million cwt. were produced.
U.S. acreage harvested in 2011, however, is the highest since 2007. About 939,000 acres were harvested this season, up from 882 million cwt. in 2010.
U.S. yields, at 410 cwt. per acre, are the lowest since 2008 and down from last season’s 416 cwt. per acre.
The projected Canadian production for 2011-12 would be the lowest since the USDA began issuing the North American Potatoes report in 1998.