US: Rainy summer makes tough times for potato growers

The unusually rainy weather this spring and summer has destroyed portions of potato crops in North Dakota and Minnesota. Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, said northeastern North Dakota appears to have borne the brunt of the damage. By his estimation, some growers have lost up to 30 percent of their total potato crops. The wet soil also delays harvesting, and when temperatures drop down to the teens at night, the potatoes can freeze in the ground. Campbell Farms co-owner Tom Campbell estimates that his fields near Grafton have lost one-third of their potato crops this season. According to Campbell, that’s approximately $18 million worth of potatoes lost. More