Potato growers hope to rebound from down years

Bill Schaefer / for Farm & Ranch
Melanie Jensen, of Firth, and Sherelle Christensen, center, pulls debris from the conveyor belts Sept. 14 as Martin Cruz adjusts the belt speed at one of the Christensen Family Farms' storage cellars.

The first chill of autumn’s approach arrived last weekend, just as eastern Idaho’s potato harvest begins in earnest. With the drop in temperatures, windrowers, potato harvesters and trucks are starting to kick up the Idaho topsoil as they dig and transport the 2017 crop to storage cellars, processors or to market.

Study warns of blackspot bruising potential

Bill Schaefer / for Farm & Ranch
A northern Bingham County field of potatoes, with dead vines, is kept hydrated by a center pivot line. Soil that gets too dry can lead to blackspot bruising of potatoes, researchers say.

The accumulative impact of Idaho’s hot days, combined with warm evenings that failed to cool down, could result in blackspot bruising early in the harvest season, according to a recent study.

Ag tour educates, informs

Courtesy of the West Side Soil & Water Conservation District
Area residents visit G2 Ag Research and learn about corn growing in a trial test plot on Corey Dixon's during last week's West Side Soil & Water Conservation District sponsored tour. The West and Eeast Side districts organize educational tours, workshops and activities for school children to promote good agricultural and conservation practices.

Last week’s ag tour aimed to educate and inform.

Living off the Land: Getting youths involved

Lance Ellis

We live in an era when youths have many different entertainment and activity options that were not available even 20 years ago. Whether it’s video games, social networking or sports, they have many electronic or social activity options to choose from, and nowadays one activity that does not make the top of their list is working in the garden.



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