“Potatoes are totally different to grow than other crops," says Paul McDonald of WJ Siemens Farming in Winkler, Manitoba. "When you’re in it, you’re in it.”
One thing has never changed at Martin Farm in northern Maine. Come September, generations of the family and hired workers are in the fields picking potatoes by hand.
Bayer CropScience today announces the launch of its third annual #Thankful4Ag campaign, a national social initiative dedicated to helping feed families in need in the U.S. and educating consumers about their food.
More than 25 years have passed since children at Katahdin Elementary School in Stacyville, Maine, were released from classes to harvest potatoes, but every year, fourth-graders at the school still get a taste of a traditional harvest.
This time of year, farmer Ben VanderWeele spends nearly every morning the same way. He oversees hundreds of tons of potatoes as they’re cleaned, set on a conveyor belt and put into storage.
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