US: Red River Valley potato weather woes continue

Already faced with expected big losses this year due to rain and hail, potato growers in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota are now having trouble just getting the season started. And more rain could be on the way. A continuation of rainy weather that started in June has made it hard for many valley growers to even get into fields, said Ted Kreis, marketing and communications director of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, East Grand Forks, Minn. In addition to rain, hail in the second half of July damaged crops. “It’s been tough going — there’s a lot of mud,” Kreis said Sept. 21. “I’m not sure if there’s anyone who hasn’t started, but it’s been a trickle.” More