The potato crop in the northeast corner of North Dakota is being described as the worst ever because of excessive moisture this year.
However, that doesn’t hold true to all parts of the state. Outside the Northern Red River Valley, the production is more promising.
“It’s been a phenomenal place to grow potatoes,” said Michael Sitzmann of Dawson Farms of his sandy ground. “It’s everything you need for good potato production.”
In 1988, Dawson Farms took a risk growing irrigated potatoes outside the Red River Valley, and it’s worked to their advantage.
This year, Dawson Farms planted 3000 acres of potatoes, yielding 40,000 to 50,000 pounds an acre.
“We had some weather events, but as for the overall crop health, it’s excellent,” said Mike Sitzmann, also of Dawson Farms.
Most of the farm’s crop will be turned into French fries.
“I’ve always said Idaho has nothing on us,” said Mike Sitzmann with a laugh. “They’re always the French fry capitol of the world, but North Dakota gives them a good run.”