Potato Bytes 08.02.2022
News from the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association
Serving the potato industry in
North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.
Farm Expenditures Up in 2021

Editor's Note: Please keep in mind that the statistics in this report pertain to 2021 compared to 2020. The report that comes out next year at this time will no doubt show even more accelerated inflation.

North Dakota - Farm and ranch production expenditures for the Plains Region totaled $99.2 billion in 2021, up from $85.3 billion in 2020, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Plains Region includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. These results are based on data from farmers and ranchers in the Plains Region who participated in the Agricultural Resource Management Survey conducted by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers were contacted in January through April to collect 2021 farm and ranch expenses.

Minnesota - Minnesota farm production expenditures totaled $20.2 billion in 2021, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Production Expenditures 2021 Summary report. This was $2.26 billion above the 2020 total expenditures. Feed expense, up 36 percent to $3.69 billion, represented the largest single production expense in Minnesota in 2021, accounting for 18 percent of the total. Rent, up 2 percent to $2.06 billion, was the second largest expense and accounted for 10 percent of total expenditures. Farm Services was down 8 percent to $1.93 billion and accounted for 10 percent of the total. The largest percentage increases from last year were for Tractors and Self-Propelled Farm Machinery (up 154 percent), Miscellaneous Capital Expenses (up 125 percent), and Feed (up 36 percent). The largest percentage decreases from last year were for Interest (down 18 percent), Farm Services (down 8 percent), and Farm Improvements (down 4 percent).

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Despite Late Planting, Potato Progress Near Average and in Good Shape

USDA Potato Progress & Condition Report
Week Ending: 7-31-2022

NORTH DAKOTA - Potato condition rated 0% very poor, 0% poor, 43% fair, 43% good, and 14% excellent. Potatoes blooming was 92%, near 96% both last year and average. Rows closed was 52%, near 54% last year, and well behind 74% average.

MINNESOTA - Potato condition rated 0% very poor, 0% poor, 5% fair, 69% good, and 26% excellent. Potato progress was not reported.

USDA Crop Progress & Condition Report for all crops: ND - MN
SpudScoop is a weekly newsletter from NDSU/UM Extension Potato Agronomist Andy Robinson published in late summer through the fall harvest.

It combines Blightline, Aphid Alert and other timely information dealing with the current potato crop into one convienient source.

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Last week's Trivia Landmark was the Palace Museum which is the formal entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The Forbidden City was constructed from 1406 to 1420, and was the former Chinese imperial palace and winter residence of the Emperor. The complex consists of 980 buildings,and covers 178 acres. In 2018, the Forbidden City's market value was estimated at 70 billion USD, making it the most valuable piece of real estate anywhere in the world.

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