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Florida Farm Commodities


Potato Production and Value
 

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (cwt)

Production (cwt)

Value (cwt)

Crop Value

1997-98

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

42,500

42,100

44,300

42,900

46,400

207

214

217

210

215

8,798,000

9,030,000

9,613,000

8,957,000

9,939,000

$14.70

$12.20

$13.20

$9.40

$11.90

$128,329,000

$109,771,000

$126,165,000

$84,010,000

$118,655,000

1992-93

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

41,900

40,100

43,000

44,700

42,600

181

234

188

219

195

7,580,000

9,323,000

8,082,000

9,792,000

8,261,000

$17.00

$9.90

$20.40

$14.40

$15.50

$128,194,000

$92,359,000

$163,964,000

$139,914,000

$128,323,000

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 --- 1997-98

County

Harvested Acres

Yield (cwt)

Production (cwt)

Estimated Value

St. Johns

Dade

Putnam

Flagler

18,200

5,000

3,700

2,600

235

180

235

235

4,277,000

900,000

870,000

611,000

$57,782,000

$28,350,000

$11,747,000

$8,254,000

CWT = 100 pounds

Potato Facts Potatoes

  • 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 seventh nationally in the value of potatoes annually produced in the U.S.

 


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