Ag Report: Avocado imports are on the rise, potato stocks are down

Posted at 12:16 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 15:16:53-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Mexican exports of avocados to the U.S. are expected to rise significantly in the next year.

A USDA report forecasts a 12.5% increase in avocado exports to the U.S> in 2020.

This increase is attributed to growers in Mexico looking to increase total yields and improve environmental conditions.

Almost 90% of U.S. avocado imports come from Mexico.

While avocados are going up, potatoes are slightly down this year.

The USDA reported that the percentage of u-s potatoes in storage are down four percent this year compared with a year ago.

There are lower volumes of potatoes in storage this year in North Dakota, Minnesota and Idaho.

Cold and wet weather reduced output in those growing regions.

Overall potato prices have remained steady with last year's numbers.