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Down On The Farm

January 6, 2020

Potato Farming in the U.S.


Farming potatoes is a huge business in the United States.  Idaho is the largest producer contributing one third of the country’s total harvest.  The most popular consumed potato variety in the U.S. is the Russet Burbank or ‘Idaho’ potato which was developed by Luther Bur-bank in 1871.   Potatoes however, are grown in all 50 states and in 125 countries around the world.   The potato is the fourth most important crop in the world after wheat, rice and corn.  The average American eats approximately 124 pounds of potatoes each year! 


There are more than 400 varieties of potatoes.  The two main types of potatoes are waxy and floury.  Waxy potatoes are great for salads or any dish where you want the potato to keep their shape after cooking.  Floury potatoes work better if you want fluffy potato dishes like mashed potatoes. 


Potatoes are grown from small potato tubers called seed potatoes. Farmers usually set aside around five to fifteen percent of their potato harvest for replanting.  Seed potatoes can also be purchased from commercial suppliers...  


Read more about Potato Farming in today's Down On The Farm!


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