Red River Valley potatoes hit by disease for first time in decade
John Morten, who learned to fly as a boy of 17, provides a textbook example of how to keep potatoes safe from blight.
It's a big deal this year because, for the first time in a decade, late blight has been found in potato fields in the Red River Valley. The last time blight broke out in the valley, in 1999, it cost the potato industry in the region $125 million, said Neil Gudmestad, a potato plant pathologist at North Dakota State University who has been watching it closely.
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