It’s been a wet year for many parts of the eastern United States, where numerous regions are approaching record precipitation numbers. One state that’s experienced a much higher-than-normal amount of snow and rainfall is Wisconsin, the third-largest potato-producing state after Idaho and Washington.
Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, said the effects have been felt.
“We had serious potato crop issues based on the excessive rainfall, particularly in late August and early September, right before the most intensive harvest season,” Houlihan said. “We also had a 2-foot snowfall on April 15, which is the typical start date for potato planting in central and south-central Wisconsin. This caused a two-week delay in planting this year’s crop.”