A potato planter being filled with seed pieces. Instead of the actual seed of a potato plant, seed potatoes are actually whole potatoes or cut pieces of a potato that are planted in "hills". The plant that grows from the seed piece has the identical characteristics of the parent plants.
A planted field of potatoes prior to emergence of the new crop.
Potato plants go into bloom and produce a fruit that is not edible. The center pivot irrigation system in the background provides the essential water needed for a successful crop. Michigan potato growers use a variety of tools including soil moisture probes to ensure water is applied at the right time and at the right rate for the crop.
Potatoes are harvested after the potato plant has died allowing for the potatoes or tubers underground to form a firm skin to ensure they don't get scarred during the harvest.
After harvest, potatoes are rinsed with water to remove any soil and are graded for size and any defects before being bagged for delivery to stores or being delivered to processors to make potato chips, potato salad or other potato products.
Potatoes used to make potato chips are pealed and sliced at the potato chip plant then after they are fried they are seasoned with salt and possibly other seasonings to make your favorite potato chips.