Managing Moisture Key for Red River Valley Growers

Published online: Sep 18, 2018 Articles
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Source: Fresh Plaza  

Black Gold Farms will be harvesting in the fields of the Red River Valley and said it is anxious to begin shipping red and yellow potatoes to itscustomers. Harvest will run for about four weeks with much of the crop stored, packed and shipped out of Black Gold Farms’ packing facility in East Grand Forks, Minn., through the spring of 2019.

Keith Groven, Black Gold Farms fresh sales manager, has seen a lot of variables the last few years, specifically due to moisture.

“We made a decision a few years ago to really look at what we can control–and based on our history in the Valley, we know moisture control is critical to success. Selecting irrigated ground has been well worth it, and this year was absolutely a prime example with the dry growing season that we had,” Groven explains. “The early quality samples that we’re seeing look fantastic, and we’re ready to get them on the road.”

According to growers in the Red River Valley, the region is known for its high-quality red potatoes, so as Eric Halverson, Black Gold Farm’s CEO, states, “We grow potatoes year-round in multiple locations, but this is our backyard: It’s where my great-grandpa started farming almost 90 years ago with 10 acres, and where we plan to be for years to come.”

Black Gold Farms will be shipping red and yellow potatoes in various pack sizes and specs from East Grand Forks, Minn., throughout the United States until April 2019.