Water woes

Potatoes travel on a conveyor belt to be stored in a cellar. Baley-Trotman farms raises approximately 1,700 acres of potatoes, along with grains and alfalfa. With an exceptionally low water allocation to the Klamath Project this year, they had to leave about 15% of their grain land idle through the Klamath Project Drought Response Agency to ensure they had enough water to fulfill their potato contracts. They also had to truck in seed potatoes from Dorris and Bonanza, which have more reliable well water. It was more expensive, but as farm manager Matt Trotman said, “What’s the cost of losing business? Quite a bit.”