OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington's 2011 potato crop was valued at $771 million, 18 percent above the 2010 crop of $654.5 million, according to the Washington Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Olympia.

The 2011 marketing year average price received by growers of $7.90 per hundredweight (cwt.) was 50 cents more per cwt. than the 2010 average price, NASS said.

Washington produced 97.6 million cwt. in 2011, 10 percent above the prior year and sold 91.3 million cwt. while using 275,000 cwt. on the farm for seed, feed and household consumption, NASS said. The remaining 6 million cwt. were lost to shrinkage, decay and dumping.

The value of sales was $723.3 million compared to $620.6 million in 2010.

Processors in Washington and Oregon (excluding Malheur County) used a total of 84.1 million cwt. of 2011 crop compared with 77.9 million cwt. in 2010 and 75.7 million cwt. in 2009. Of the total potatoes processed in the nation, Washington and Oregon (excluding Malheur County) processors accounted for 40 percent.

-- Dan Wheat

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