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Florida Farm Commodities
Potatoes

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Potato Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (cwt)

Production (cwt)

Value (cwt)

Crop Value

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

42,100

44,300

42,900

46,400

41,900

194

217

210

215

181

8,181,000

9,613,000

8,957,000

9,939,000

7,580,000

$12.60

$13.20

$9.40

$11.90

$17.00

$97,671,000

$126,165,000

$84,010,000

$118,655,000

$128,194,000

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

1987-88

40,100

43,000

44,700

42,600

36,100

234

188

219

195

226

9,323,000

8,082,000

9,792,000

8,261,000

8,134,000

$9.90

$20.40

$14.40

$15.50

$5.65

$92,359,000

$163,964,000

$139,914,000

$128,323,000

$45,966,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

27,300

36,700

24,000

194

161

185

5,304,000

5,936,000

4,458,000

$5.06

$4.23

$2.88

$36,217,000

$25,109,000

$12,839,000

 



Leading Potato-Producing Counties --- 1996-97

County

Harvested Acres

Yield (cwt)

Production (cwt)

Estimated Value

St. Johns

Dade

Putnam

Flagler

18,500

4,700

4,500

1,500

210

170

210

210

3,885,000

799,000

945,000

315,000

$46,620,000

$12,185,000

$11,340,000

$3,780,000

CWT = 100 pounds


Potato Facts

  • Although called "Irish", the potato is not native to Ireland but to the Americas. The potato was first cultivated in the Andes Mountains of South America, and was introduced to Spain between 1550 and 1570. The potato appears to have gotten its start in the U.S. around 1720.
  • Floridas high value winter and early spring potato production ranks the state fourth nationally in the value of potatoes annually produced in the U.S.

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