Crops look strong about halfway through the growing season across the Dakotas and Minnesota, but some companies promote tissue testing and in-season nutrition to get them to the finish line in the fall.
The new North Dakota State University Potato Blightline, released June 22, finds no reported cases of late blight in the region. The highly contagious fungus — which caused the disastrous Irish potato famine in the 1840s and can hurt both yields and quality — has been a concern in recent years in Minnesota and North Dakota.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on June 2 agreed to drop appeals filed by R.D. Offutt against a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decision requiring extra environmental reports from the potato producer for water permit applications.
SHANGHAI - Beijing authorities have fined U.S.-based J.R. Simplot's China processing unit, which supplies frozen french fries to McDonald's Corp, 3.92 million yuan ($632,370) for water pollution, state media and Simplot said.
Did you plant your potatoes on Good Friday? I wish I had a bushel of spuds for every time we’ve heard the question. Are potatoes really best planted then, or is it an old wives’ tale?
I never dismiss old wives’ tales because some of the best gardeners are old wives. But let’s think this through.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment by March 30 on recommendations that eventually could lead to changes in its prevented-planting insurance coverage levels. If approved, the changes would cut corn prevented-planting payment levels and increase rates for potatoes and green peas, among other things.
Jurors in a federal crop insurance fraud trial in Fargo, N.D., were alerted that they’ll have to make a judgment on the credibility of a former hired hand in a case against farming brothers Aaron and Derek Johnson of Northwood, N.D.
With harvest nearing, an inch or two of rain in the next week could make the difference between a pretty good crop and disappointing one for many area potato growers.
“We could really use a 1- to 2-inch general rain to finish off this crop,” said Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, based in East Grand Forks, Minn.
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