Plant Science Department
potatoes, potato research, potato varieties
Potatoes are harvested somewhere in the world every month of the year. They are grown in all 50 states, and, in the past, on most South Dakota farms. In the last 25 years, the South Dakota growing area has shifted to the northeastern part of the state, and individual potato acreages have expanded to provide major parts of farm incomes. The northeastern area has a sandy loam soil and a climate that is ideal for growing potatoes. Relatively high elevations cause the cool nights necessary for potato production, and rainfall is sufficient in most years. The potato grower has felt a greater impact of technology in the past 20 years than have most other crop producers. New machinery, such as mechanical seed cutters, harvesters, and unloaders have, for the most part, taken the heavy labor out of producing potatoes.
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University, Brookings
Prasher, P., "Potatoes" (1977). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 168.