All About Potatoes

 

Quick Facts

Each year, there are more than 1 million acres of potatoes planted—that’s like filling the whole state of Rhode Island with potato plants.  It’s the leading vegetable crop in the US with a total production of 41.3 billion pounds.

US Per Capita Potato Consumption*

Total 117 pounds
Frozen 50 pounds
Fresh 37 pounds
Chips 17 pounds
Dehydrated 12 pounds
Canned 1 pound

*Forecast for 2010
Source:  USDA, Economic Research Service

Top 10 Potato Producing States
(in Billion Pounds)*

1. Idaho 11.5
2. Washington 9.3
3. Wisconson 2.9
4. Colorado 2.3
5. North Dakota 2.3
6. Minnesota 2.0
7. Oregon 1.9
8. Michigan 1.5
9. California 1.5
10. Maine 1.5

*2008 Figures
Source:  USDA/NASS