New York potato growers planted an estimated 20,000 acres of potatoes this year according to Blair Smith, state statistician of the U.S. Agriculture Department's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.
The acreage planted is an 18 percent increase from 2012. Acres for harvest are forecast at 19,500, also increased 18 percent from last year.
U.S. area planted to fall potatoes in 2013 is estimated at 957,400 acres, a 4 percent decrease from the 2012 crop year. Harvested area is forecast at 945,200 acres, decreased 4 percent from 2012.
In Colorado, cooler spring temperatures delayed planting but growers reported planting was completed on schedule. Acreage in the San Luis valley continued to be limited due to water restrictions but water supplies were reportedly adequate in the remainder of Colorado's potato growing area. Maine growers reported persistent wet conditions that stalled crop development, flooded fields, and prevented growers from completing plantings. A late spring delayed planting in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.