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Washington spuds rank No. 2 nationally

Friday, August 2, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Eastern Washington potato farmers can expect healthy crops and strong market demand this year, according to industry officials.
   Last year, excessive August heat stunted growth. Spuds do best when temperatures stay below 100 degrees in the daytime and below 75 at night. So far, growing conditions have been ideal this summer in the Columbia Basin.
   Washington ranks second nationally in potato production, behind Idaho. The crop’s value makes it the fourth-highest commodity in Washington behind apples, milk, and wheat.
   “We’re just blessed here,” said a Franklin County farmer. “This is the best place in the world to grow potatoes.”
   Read the Tri-City Herald story.

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