Michigan's 2015 potato crop was forecast to be 17.6 million hundredweight (cwt), 11.6% higher than a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office.
Planted acres, at 46,000, increased 3,000 acres from last year. Harvested acres, at 45,000, was up 2,500 acres from 2014. Average yield, forecasted at 390 cwt per acre, was 20 cwt higher than the previous year. If realized, this will be a record yield. The first potato stocks estimate for the 2015 crop year will be released December 17.
Nationally, production of fall potatoes for 2015 is forecast at 409 million cwt, up 1% from last year. Area harvested, at 946,000 acres, is up 2% from the previous year. The average yield forecast, at 432 cwt per acre, is down 2 cwt per acre from a year ago. Growers in Maine, Michigan, and North Dakota are expecting record yields.