The December 12th issue of North American Potato Market News analyzed the 2018 seed crop in the US and Canada. Ted Kreis, editor of Potato Bytes, a weekly newsletter published by the Northern Plains Potato Grower Association (NPPGA), notes the following interesting facts from that issue:
- Total US certified seed acres are down 6.5% at 100,914 acres, the fewest in 25 years
- Total Canadian seed acres are up 0.8% at 54,185acres
- Major chip variety acres are up 6.2% in the U.S.
- Russet table stock seed acres in the U.S. aredown 4.3%
- New Russet table stock variety Silverton acresincrease 32.7% with nearly all seed grown in WI and ND
- Major processing variety acres are down 5% inthe U.S.
- Yellow potato seed acres in the U.S. are nearthe same as 2017 despite increasing demand
- U.S. Red Norland acres are down 13.2%
- U.S. Dark Red Norland acres are down 5.5%
- Dakota Pearl acres are down 10.8% in U.S. but up13.9% in Canada
Dakota Russet acres are up 3.1% in U.S. and 52.4% in Canada.
Source: Potato Bytes