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North Dakota potato acreage could drop slightly

The number of potato acres that will be planted in North Dakota in 2017 is more difficult to project than in most years as several factors figure into making it the tough call.

“Coming off a difficult year when 30 percent of the fresh crop was lost to over-land flooding, the fresh potato landscape looks much different this spring,” Ted Kreis, marketing director for the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, said in an April 11 press release. “The valley's largest red potato grower has changed his business model and will greatly reduce acres. Another wash plant has come under new ownership and will be supplied by the new owners. Seed availability has also been mentioned as a limiting factor.”

Kreis added, “Our own survey indicates fresh acres will be down about 7 percent in the Red River Valley, but that number could still fluctuate quite a bit between now and planting time.”