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Water a concern for Colorado potato growers

Colorado-Potato-fieldSan Luis Valley potato growers need Colorado to get more snow this coming winter than it got this past winter. Jim Ehrlich, executive director for the Monte Vista-based Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, said the cost of irrigation has increased significantly as the industry has taken measures in recent years to ensure the sustainable use of groundwater. Snow melt was not as much of a help as growers would have liked, thanks to a hotter and drier winter than normal. “You get credit for some of the surface water you have, but in a year like this where we didn’t have much surface water in the system, growers really didn’t get much credit for it, so it’s going to make their overall costs more expensive this year,” Ehrlich said. Growers indicated more surface water will be crucial for the 2019 crop. Read The Packer report