Drier conditions in the northern Red River Valley are impacting chipping and fresh potatoes. Paul Sproule grows both on his farm. “There seems to be an adequate supply of chipping potatoes. The farmers who are growing the fresh red potatoes north of Grand Forks won’t be getting the yield that the farmers further south will get.” Sproule says those conditions are impacting the price of fresh potatoes. “In Big Lake, Minnesota where they’re digging red potatoes, the price one year ago was $12.50 per hundredweight, this year, it’s $30 per hundredweight. There’s a big difference there. Part of it is now is the national availability of fresh red potatoes.”
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