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US: R.D. Offutt Co cuts pesticide use on Minnesota land

A Fargo-based potato grower is finding that using fewer pesticides is better for business and the environment. R.D. Offutt Co., the nation’s largest potato grower, cut pesticide use by 30 percent last year after installing a new system, Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1q4XsKX ) reported. Automated weather stations and an advanced computer program now help the company predict disease risk and reduce pesticide drift.

Source: www.kansascity.com

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