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Strange year....most things in the garden taking off as they normally would.  One exception being the potatoes.  Been growing them from the same seed stock for about 15 years and this year used the same regime of aged manure mixed with resident soil.  Typically a spot here or there along the rows where a few are behind schedule, but all seem to catch up eventually.  This year they seem extra spotty on emergence, more tuber rot in the russets before sprouting, and all seem rather behind in growth.  (Generally take pretty good care to plant disease-free seed....just by eye....when putting them in.) Your own experiences in the north central US?  ....Just curious.
 
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Mine did well this year, but I completely changed my planting regime and only planted red potatoes.

Got just a shade under 3 pounds per linear foot on a 30 inch bed.

This is the first year I've ever used a rotary plow and power-harrow, but the drainage from the raised beds seemed to have helped minimize rot (under 2% rot loss)

The only abnormality I ran across was armadillos digging up some, but they didnt eat them. That was during harvest so no appreciable loss.
 
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I'm in north central Okla, about 100 miles south of Kansas
 
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Chris Barrows wrote:..... I completely changed my planting regime and only planted red potatoes.



This region straddling North Dakota and Minnesota is pretty old potato country, but admittedly skewed towards reds and whites.  And to be sure the reds and Yukon Golds look a bit better than the russets, but all look a bit behind what I would expect for normal this time of year.  thanks!....
 
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