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Storage is critical to potatoes for table stock market

Paul Fossum and others growing potatoes for the table stock market keep a constant vigil over the crop from the time it’s seeded until harvest time. And the constant watch continues once that harvested potato crop is delivered to the plant that washes the crop and then stores them until they are shipped to the end consumer. A prime example of this was apparent on the day Fossum’s potatoes were being brought into the Nokota Packers, Inc. facility in Buxton. The morning had been foggy and cool, but the sun was starting to break out when suddenly it was decided potato digging operations for the day were halted for all growers since the tuber temperature had now risen above 60 degrees. In fact, a few of the potatoes being hauled in had reached a temperature of 68 degrees. More

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