Day 79

I’m in potato country

June 13th, 2010

Are these potato plants?


  1. Amanda Brown says:

    It’s too far away to be able to tell.

  2. Leo says:

    That’s corn. It appears to have been planted with a six-row planter. First, twelve rows around the outside, and then straight rows for the remainder.

  3. Angelica says:

    I love the formation of the way the rows were planted.

  4. Doug says:

    Matt, you’re getting close to sugar beet country. My grandparents were sugar beet farmers in Richland County (the far SE county in North Dakota). The Red River Valley (MN/ND border) will be some of the flattest land on your trip. You might look back fondly at this after a few weeks pushing your cart up and down the mountains out west!

  5. Michelle says:

    I think potatoes generally require a hillier row, if that makes any sense. Soybeans?

  6. Jeff says:

    I gots too…

    One potatoe, two potatoe, three potatoe…four.

    I vote corn. Potatoes need hillss. Corn in Joisy and PA are planted just like the above.
    though it is kind of far from the camera

  7. Patty says:

    Given the region, it’s probably sugar beets or soybeans. It isn’t likely to be corn – it isn’t tall enough. Corn around these parts should be “knee-high by the fourth of July” and that field doesn’t look even close.

  8. Tna says:

    I’ve never seen such pretty dirt.

  9. Gerald Baker says:

    I’ve always had relatives living in the “Red River Valley of the North.” It’s a good place, because good people live there.

    There’s another man, named “Greene,” (Alvin Greene) who has gotten into the news. He got 60% of the vote, in the Democratic primary, for US Senate, in South Carolina. Because he didn’t have any money, he couldn’t afford the more obnoxious things that politicians use, such as radio and television ads, Spam emails and junk calls from robots.

    Maybe the voters down there got so fed up with that phony stuff, that they decided to vote for someone who didn’t use it.

    Alvin Greene may be related, through slavery, to Nathanael Greene, who freed central South Carolina from the British.

    The biased news media jump on the “felony,” with which he was charged. Actually, it should have been a misdemeanor, and would have been, except for racist bias toward him. Wikipedia also says he has an honorable discharge from the military.

  10. Kris in MN says:

    You’d be surprised at how fast the corn will grow. It may not be quite ‘knee-high by the 4th of July’ that far north, but it could be close. But it is hard to tell from this distance.

  11. Shannon says:

    I would say sugar beets. You are definitely in that area.

  12. Craig E. says:

    The plants seem too close together to be potatoes. My vote is beans (soy) or corn.

  13. caro says:

    I think that aliens have landed. Lets check with Mel Gibson, he will know.

  14. Candice In Alabama says:

    It doesn’t look like corn to me (from viewing the original size in flickr). I’ve seen a lot of corn growing here in the South.

    • Ed L. says:

      It is not corn. Think about it corn doesn’t come up with leaves like these plants have. Corn comes up with normaly 2 leaves almost shooting strait up.

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