Thompson, North Dakota-based MG Farms resumed potato harvest Wednesday. Temperatures are cooling down and a light blanket of frost covered much of the ground on Thursday morning. It’s not too big of a deal right now, but farmer Kelly Grotte says it could be a different story the last week of October. “At that time, they could freeze for good. If this frost goes down three to four inches, you can’t store the potatoes.” Grotte hasn’t had a consistently wet harvest like this before. “It’s not fun, especially leaving potatoes in the field. It’s something you don’t want to do.” Farmers are taking harvest one day at a time. “We can’t get too down. You have to look at the bright side and realize that’s the way it is and you can’t change it. We’re doing the best we can.”
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