Potato harvest has begun in Wisconsin
The potato harvest has begun for some Wisconsin growers. Donald Maum is the Sustainability Manager for Alsum Farms and Produce. He tells Brownfield the potato crop is looking good so far. “It’s been a dry year, but we’re 100% irrigated here on the farm, so we’ve been keeping them running and it’s been paying off, so compared to last year, I think we were fairly average last year and this year, they’re sizing up pretty good.”
Maum says they started harvesting yellow potatoes late last week. “Right now, we are loading right of the field to the packing shed in Friesland (Wisconsin), and they go right to the stores.”
He says the fields were planted on a schedule that allows them to keep harvesting into fall. “In addition to the yellows, we have Russet potatoes for storage, and we’ll be harvesting Russets right until almost Halloween.”
And for Halloween, Maum says they will also be delivering pumpkins to stores from about 300 acres in the Adams and Grand Marsh, Wisconsin areas.