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The Potato Sector
North American potato production is concentrated in two countries - the United States and Canada, which rank fifth and 14th, respectively, in the potato producing world. Since 1990, both countries have achieved notable increases in yields, which now average around 45 tonnes/ha in the USA and 30 tonnes/ha in Canada.

Both countries are also major exporters of frozen potato products.

Top Potato Producing Countries Northern America


Source: FAOSTAT (Retrieval Date: January 5, 2019)

Rank Country Potato Production 2017 in tonnes
1 United States United States 20,017,400
2 Canada Canada 4,410,830

Agricultural Statistics Northern America

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Potato Production in 2017: 24,429,200.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 757,269.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2017: 322,596.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2017: 1,617,030.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2017: 250,768.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 64,483.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Production in 2016: 24,316,000.00 tonnes Aggregated Data

Consumption Statistics Northern America


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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 57.85 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 3.06 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 56.10 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 2.72 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 55.60 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 2.21 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 53.65 kg/capita/year Calculated data