About 129 million cwt. of U.S. potatoes were still in storage on April 1, the most for that time of year since 2001.

The total was 11% higher than last year at the same time. Disappearance, at 255 million cwt., was slightly higher than last year at the same time.

Those are among the findings of a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Na-tional Agricultural Statistics Service.

At a little over 24 million cwt., the shrink and loss figure for April 1 is up 18% from the same time last year, according to the April 15 Potato Stocks report.

April 1 stocks were higher than they’ve been in nine years. In 2000, 154 million cwt. were still in storage. In the eight years since, the April 1 figure has ranged from slightly under 116 million (2005 and 2008) to slightly under 129 million (2004).