The potato enterprise is important in providing a cash crop and a means of diversifying and intensifying the operations on many of Utah's irrigated farms. It is particularly important in those areas where, because of short growing season or inadequate markets, other intensive crops cannot be produced economically.
Potatoes have accounted for around 2.5 percent of the total cash farm income and around 10 percent of the cash farm income from crop sales over the past several years. The gross value of the crop has been between four and five million dollars in 8 of the last 12 years from 1943 to 1954, inclusive. It fell below four million dollars in 1950, 1953, and 1954 and reached a high of 5.5 million dollars in 1952.
Morrison, E. M. and Kearl, W. G., "Bulletin No. 376 - Potato Production, Utah 1953: An Economic Analysis" (1955). UAES Bulletins. Paper 338.