The Dirt: A Blog.

Strike Fumigant and Common Scab – What’s everybody talking about?

Farming has always been a business that succeeds through innovation. Farming innovations over the years have allowed farms to increasingly produce more potatoes per acre staying ahead of cost of production. As potato production costs increase, one has to sell more potatoes to cover the higher cost of production.  Production efficiency is a term that can be […]

Impact of Chloropicrin Soil Fumigation on Potato Farming in Uncertain Times

Potato farmers are facing changes in established markets during the Covid-19 crisis.  There are reports of increased demand for all potatoes at the supermarket.  However, stay at home orders have severely reduced demand for restaurant and institutional products.  The potato market is shifting to meet new product demands and provide an outlet for those products that no longer […]

Climate Change, Agriculture, and Chloropicrin Soil Treatment

Climate change is a politically divisive topic.  However, it is advisable for those with a stake in agriculture to explore the ramifications of potential weather changes on business.  As weather instabilities or weather extremes become more common, farming will need to change.  One common refrain regarding climate change is that existing agriculture will move to latitudes with […]