Tad Thompson of The Produce News reports that potato acreage in Colorado’s San Luis Valley is down 8 percent this year.
While that might seem alarming to some, it sounds reasonable when the matter is explained to The Produce News by Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee.
According to the committee, this valley is the second-largest fresh potato growing region in the U.S.
The growers voluntarily planted less to accommodate the urging of the Colorado water engineer, who asked the growers to collectively step up their effort toward water conservation.
Other factors for a reduction in potato acreage is an increase in hemp plantings to serve the burgeoning CBD market. Also developing in the San Luis Valley is an ongoing, three-year upward trend in the production of quinoa.