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Nebraska Potato Production Up 22 Percent
Nebraska Ag Connection - 09/14/2018

Final production for the 2017 potato crop totaled 9.03 million cwt, up 22 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acres for 2017 totaled 19,000, up 15 percent from 2016. Harvested area, at 19,000 acres, was up 16 percent from the previous year. Yield for all potatoes averaged 475 cwt in 2017, 25 cwt per acre higher than the 2016 average yield.

The value of potatoes sold from the 2017 crop totaled $98.4 million, up 38 percent from 2016. The marketing year average price was $12.10 per cwt, up from $11.00 for the 2016 crop.

Potatoes sold from the 2017 crop totaled 8.13 million cwt, up 25 percent from 2016. Sales accounted for 90 percent of production, unchanged from the 2016 crop.

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