North America, Storage

Maine potato farmers are ready with extra storage after 2021’s stellar crop

With about half of Aroostook County’s potato crop out of the ground, some farmers are already using extra storage they planned after last year’s bumper crop, as Paula Brewer reports for Bangor Daily News.

At least right now, there’s no word of farmers running out of storage space, said Don Flannery, Maine Potato Board executive director. Last year, some growers sought storage space at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone because there were so many spuds they ran out of places to put them.

“The high yield makes all these farmers innovative,” said Robbie Irving, co-owner of Irving Farms in Caribou. “We have a few extra spaces for additional potato storage. We’ve used one to date and plan to use the others as we continue through digging.”

Irving staff reported from what they’ve seen so far, the 2022 crop is exceeding their expectations.

Source: Bangor Daily News. Read the full story here
Photo: In this Oct. 13, 2021, file photo, workers from Butler Farms watch a bin piler unload thousands of potatoes into a former military storage facility at Loring Development Center. Credit: Hannah Catlin / Aroostook Republican & News via Bangor Daily News

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