US: Potato crop looks promising as Red River Valley wraps up harvest

It’s too early to say exactly how many potatoes the Red River Valley will produce this year, but it looks much more promising than 2016, the head of an area growers organization said. The potato harvest wrapped up last week in North Dakota and is 97 percent complete in Minnesota, according to information released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That beats out last year, when farmers struggled to get into the fields because of heavy rain. “We did have a dry spell this summer where everyone was concerned,” said Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. “But because of the excessive moisture that we did have last year, we had a reserve built up in the subsoil, which seemed to carry … the potatoes through in the dry-land growing areas, making it a very good crop.” More