Frank, we seem to be warmer in the winter here in Iowa than it was back 40-50 years ago. Or maybe I don't notice it as much since I don't have livestock anymore. LOL
The only place I've seen commercial potato growing is in Idaho so I don't have much of a reference. I have seen them dig and it's quite a sight. Six rows can fill a semi in 80 rods. They're very particular about size and shape. Certain weather conditions make knobby potatoes that they don't like. They don't like the real huge ones either because they can't be used for baking. They can't dig if the soil is too warm and they can't dig if it's too cold. Warm potatoes don't keep well and cold potatoes tend to shatter when handled. After seeing what they have to do to dig and store those spuds I realize how simple it is to raise and harvest corn and beans. Jim
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