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Colorado Potato

Quick Facts

Agriculture has long been the basis of the economy in the San Luis Valley. Unique in world topography, the elevation of the valley floor is 7600 feet above sea level and is home of the famous Colorado potato. The principal crop grown here are potatoes. This isolated alpine desert with its cold winters and spring and summer filled with warm, sunny days and cool nights, is the combination for a perfect potato growing season. The soil in the Valley is a fertile, loose-packed loam. This quality is necessary because potatoes grow in the ground and the soil must be able to shift easily to allow for the potato's growth. Because the Valley receives less than seven inches of rain a year, it qualifies as a desert and must be irrigated from a natural underground water aquifer, recharged from runoff from heavy snowfall in the nearby mountains.

Agriculture has long been the basis of the economy in the San Luis Valley. Unique in world topography, the elevation of the valley floor is 7600 feet above sea level and is home of the famous Colorado potato.

The principal crop grown here are potatoes. This isolated alpine desert with its cold winters and spring and summer filled with warm, sunny days and cool nights, is the combination for a perfect potato growing season. The soil in the Valley is a fertile, loose-packed loam. This quality is necessary because potatoes grow in the ground and the soil must be able to shift easily to allow for the potato’s growth. Because the Valley receives less than seven inches of rain a year, it qualifies as a desert and must be irrigated from a natural underground water aquifer, recharged from runoff from heavy snowfall in the nearby mountains.

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