One of the main factors that makes the area of Idaho and inland areas in western US such as northern Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Washington great for crops such as onions, potatoes and other typical types of American crops like sugar beets, wheat, corn and alfalfa has to do with the soil makeup. In the book by Bill Bryson known as “A Short History of Nearly Everything”, he states how the volcanic eruptions from many years ago specifically of the Yellowstone Super-volcano and Yellowstone Caldera were responsible for laying down the material that later became fertile topsoil that was distinctively rich in the mineral phosphorous.
Many states are known for growing potatoes, but the ones that are grown in Idaho are special due to a combination of various aspect. The potatoes known as the Idaho® Russet are relatives of the varieties that were found originally on the Peruvian Andes slopes a location that is similar to Eastern Idaho. The high altitudes contribute too many sunny and warm days that convert into cooler evenings.
The volcanic-material that was once what covered the land slowly eroded over a number of years. This resulted in a soil that is filled with minerals, well-drained, rich and dark. Water is also a contributing factor to why Idaho is a great place to grow potatoes. The water comes from “pure” snowmelt straight from the Teton Mountains that irrigate the potato fields.
In conclusion, it is the farmers dedication that involves an accumulation of experience past down from generation to generation. Most of the farmers in this area are well aware that it is a rugged job to grow potatoes but the end result is satisfying. Idaho also advertises and markets the sale of their potatoes extremely well. All these aspects have resulted in the best rated potatoes across the globe.