NW Potato Stocks Hit 135M CWT To Start February

According to NASS, potato stocks across the Northwest hit 135.7 million hundredweight on February 1st.

Potato stocks in Idaho to start the month hit 75.0 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 59.8 million cwt.

Meanwhile, Oregon’s stock totaled 15.2 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 11.8 million cwt.

In Washington, February 1 potato stocks totaled 45.5 million cwt. Disappearance to date totaled 53.1 million cwt.

Nationally, the 13 major potato States held 207 million cwt in storage on February 1, 2021, up 2% from February 1st of last year. Potatoes in storage accounted for 50% of the States’ 2020 production compared with 48% percent a year earlier.

NASS noted the indicated potato disappearance, at 207 million cwt, was down 7% from the same period last year. Season-to-date shrink and loss, at 15.9 million cwt, was 4% higher than the same time last year.

Processors in Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon used 41.7 million cwt of potatoes for the season, up 5% from February 2020. In Washington and other Oregon counties, 45.1 million cwt of potatoes had been used by processors for the season, down 9% from the previous year.

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