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LINCOLN, Neb.- Final production for the 2016 potato crop totaled
7.38 million hundredweight (cwt), up 7 percent from 2015, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acres for 2016 totaled 16,500, up 6 percent from 2015.

Harvested area, at 16,400 acres, is up 7 percent from the previous year. Yield for all potatoes averaged 450 cwt in 2016, unchanged from the 2015 average yield.

The value of potatoes sold from the 2016 crop totaled $71.2 million, up 18 percent from 2015. The marketing year average price was $11.00 per cwt, up from $9.85 for the 2015 crop.

Potatoes sold from the 2016 crop totaled 6.49 million cwt, up 6 percent from 2015. Sales accounted for 88 percent of production, down 1 percent from the 2015 crop.

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