From Sola: Saturday Oct 7, 2000 on Agricultural Harmonizer
LARGEST EVER SPUD CROP IS PREDICTED
Monte Vista – “This year’s Valley potato production may be the largest ever, exceeding the 29, 175,,000 hundred weight grown in 1996.”
That’s what the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee said on Thursday. For September, total shipments were 2,360 loads (480 cwt. per load), “the most ever for the month,” said committee Executive Director Wayne Thompson. He predicted Valley storage facilities will be full this fall.
Sola wrote “We are 41 miles form Monte Vista and approximately the same from other major potato growing areas in the Valley – We have been using the Agricultural Harmonizer with frequencies since 1999 (August) on a regular basis. Perhaps we can’t take full credit for such a good crop, but I’m sure it contributed, since those fields suffered from significant potato blight last year.
The farmer who planned to spray the fields behind our house in Blanca last Summer, never did, thanks to the Harmonizer. This summer he harvested his alfalfa from those same fields (previously infested with cutworms) twice. I believe they could have gotten 3 cuts, if his irrigation pivot had not broken down.