The North Dakota State Seed Department is learning more about harvested and abandoned potatoes acres this year. State Seed Commissioner Ken Bertsch says overall there’s a 16.5 to 17 percent abandonment for red seed potatoes. “It’s probably not as high as on the commercial side, but it’s fairly high. The most difficult part of that is the abandonment rate of red varieties is higher than other classes like russets and white. We are concerned on what’s available for planting next year.” Bertsch reminds farmers to order seed supplies early. Farmers may have seed contracted, but seed growers may have experienced some loss. There’s also a potato seed law requiring farmers to plant certified seed, with the exception of a one-year replant. Bertsch cautions farmers who choose this option. It’s illegal to go to neighbors for seed. Listen to the story.