Our potato fields are littered with the remnants of dead potato plants and chippers that didn’t make it through the bulker. Tracks from our diggers and spud trucks have replaced the long rows of plants. The bulkers and tractors are quiet, while the spud trucks have changed duties from hauling chipping potatoes from the fields to storage to hauling them from storage to the packing shed.
Potato harvest is over.
On Monday (October 15th), just before lunch, our last field was dug. This year potato harvest lasted a little over a month, and considering the ground our harvest crews covered, it’s a pretty amazing feat. We had spuds in fields we traditionally farm in the Leases as well as around Tulelake, Malin and Merrill. However, this year we also farmed the Running Y Ranch, which didn’t add much to the acres we had to harvest, but it did add to the miles our equipment and crews had to cover. And now that it’s all said and done, this year we had a beautiful crop with impressive yields.
So, how did we get through harvest so quickly? To start with, we have a hard-working, experienced, dedicated crew who stepped up and put in the hours to make it happen. From the guys on the bulkers to the folks in the spud trucks to everyone at the storage sheds, packing shed and in the office, every person worked hard to make potato harvest go as smoothly as possible. We also had beautiful weather which allowed us to start on time every day and not wait for the day to warm up, or cool down, or the soil to dry out. It’s been a beautiful fall for digging spuds! Finally, we’ve been doing this for quite a while now. Though every harvest is different and presents new challenges nobody could foresee, we’ve developed a knack for growing and harvesting chipping potatoes.
Before we get to some final pictures of potato harvest on the Running Y Ranch and around the Malin area, John, Bill, Weston and Tricia would like to thank the crews and staff for making this another successful potato harvest. Everyone’s hard work is appreciated, and there is no crew around that’s better than the one that works for Gold Dust and Walker Brothers. Thank you, everyone. All of you helped make this a success.
Now, for some final potato harvest pictures! And enjoy the Klamath Basin Potato Festival!