Fresh potato harvest is getting closer in the northern Red River Valley. Campbell Farms owner Greg Campbell says the potatoes near Grafton, North Dakota have been under stress due to the heat and a lack of moisture. The quality looks good, though. “We are thinking overall our crop is going to be down 25 to 30 percent. There’s a lot of variability out there. We’re going to try and pull every bit of moisture out of the ground. We’ll start harvest one week late to maximize efficiency,” says Campbell. The recent rains make for better harvest conditions. “When it’s too dry at harvest, we get a lot of dirt clods and they’ll bruise potatoes. The rains will boost yields of later planted potatoes.” Campbell Farms also has potatoes near Big Lake, Minnesota. That crop has been good yield and quality so far.
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