There could be a smaller fresh potato crop this year. Northern Plains Potato Growers Association President Donavon Johnson says farmers can only grow what they can sell. “The trucking shortage has been an issue. I talked to one really large grower who said they’ve totally cut back in their acres, because if you’re going to try and store this crop and the condition of the quality of the potatoes continues go down, how long you keep it? What’s the point?” Johnson also says Canada can sell into the U.S. and they have a competitive advantage on price and trucking. “That’s not just the Red River Valley, that’s across the whole potato industry, at least in the northern states.”
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