How to Grow Potatoes

Potato is one of the major staple food of the world. It is the leading crop in the U.S. The U.S. produces 43 billion pounds a year. Potatoes are a hardy vegetable that can withstand environmental extremes.

Potatoes love sunlight. Its soil should be loose and damp but not too wet, slightly acidic,  with a ph of 5.8-6.5. Potatoes should be planted in February through March to be harvested before summer and September.

Potatoes can be grown from seed potatoes. One seed potato should be cut so there are at least one or two eyes on the surface. A trench should be dug, slips of potatoes placed in trench, 2 to 3 inches of dirt placed on top of potatoes. Potatoes should be one foot apart with the area getting lots of sun. Trenches should be 2 1/2 ft to 3 ft apart. It should take 3 to 4 months to grow.

To harvest potatoes, one should pull the plant stem up and begin digging through the dirt for potatoes.

In terms of climate change, production in tropical regions will be negatively affected. In some temperate zone production will increase , in others negatively affectively affected, but not as negatively as tropical regions.

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