Domestic output this year will see a 6.1% decline, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is the lowest since 2010.
Cold weather has led to a potato shortage in North America, threatening the availability of french fries, Bloomberg reported Monday.
"French fry demand has just been outstanding lately, and so supplies can't meet the demand", Travis Blacker, industry-relations director with the Idaho Potato Commission, told Bloomberg.More news: Playing the Sound of a Healthy Reef Could Help Save Corals
That means smaller and fewer potatoes, and smaller spuds are harder for french fry processors.
US potato producers are having to turn to foreign producers to help make up for the loss.
The United Potato Growers of Canada forecasts that about 18 per cent of the province of Manitoba's planted area was left unharvested, which is the country's second-largest potato grower.More news: Vale Mental As Anything's Andrew 'Greedy' Smith
And the potato problems pair particularly poorly with an increasing demand for fries in Canada, home of poutine (a comforting dish of fries and cheese curds topped with gravy), as Northerners take more and more to the deep-fried side dish.
Retailers are after long potatoes to make their French fries, but there have been less of those as the cold weather has stunted their growth.
The bad carb crop weather began in October, when a frost forced farmers in Alberta, Canada, and Idaho to dig up and store their damaged crop.More news: Premiers to meet, try to find consensus amid a host of issues