Lingering winter forces late start for some Colorado crops

08/02/2013 01:03:00 PM
Jim Offner

Potato acreage has remained stable from last year to this year at Strohauer Farms Inc. in LaSalle, Colo., and has increased for some specialty varieties, said Tanya Fell, director of sales and retail relations.

“Specialty fingerling potato acreage is up slightly as well as the organic acreages due to market demands,” she said.

Rainfall has been little more than spotty, but, in mid-July, there was some “monsoonal moisture” that helped, Fell said.

“The overall crop quality is very good,” she said, although she added that the cold spring pushed the crop back by about a week.

 

Cantaloupes/melons

The late winter put cantaloupe growers in the Rocky Ford Growers Association up to two weeks behind schedule, said Hanagan, board member and grower.

“This winter was challenging,” he said, although some late-season snowpack in the mountains proved beneficial.

The cantaloupe deal began in late July, compared to a normal start of mid-July, Hanagan said.


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