2014 mixed year for US potato growers

Washington’s 2014 potato crop value is down from 2013. The state’s potatoes last year were valued at $771 million, about 3 percent lower than 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics released Friday. The Yakima Valley has some potatoes but not many. However, nearby Grant, Benton and Adams counties produce a lot, helping make potatoes the state’s fourth-most valuable crop behind apples, milk and wheat. Washington is the second highest potato-growing state behind Idaho. Oregon is fifth. Value was down for all three states at $1.91 billion, according to a news release Friday from the federal National Agricultural Statistics Service Northwest Field Office in Olympia. The three states combined accounted for 64 percent of the nation’s potatoes. More