Potatoes

BY: Robbie Wegner

What is the potato

-Tuberous crop

-Starchy

-Came about over 4 centuries ago

-Grown underground

-One of the top food crops in the world

Location

-Grown commercially in over 30 states

-Idaho is the top state following

-China produces more than the Us

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How it's grown

-Starts from a small potato

-Comes from the eyes on the potato

- Takes about two weeks before the main stem pops up

-Then begins sucking up nutrients for its main source the potato

Harvesting

-Spray the top plants before harvest to kill them so all disease dies

-Commercial farmers will use big machines

-Have to be careful of bruising while harvesting

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Pests/Disease

-Aphid

-Flea beetle

-Colorado potato beetle

-Early blight

-Late blight