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R.D. Offutt farms lead agronomist Nick David examines potato plants for signs of disease. Keeping a close watch on plants helps farm managers reduce the amount of pesticide used to control disease and insects. Dan Gunderson | MPR News

Potato giant finds fewer pesticides please consumers

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Dan Gunderson

MPR org. 91.3 FM

Park Rapids — Helicopters once buzzed across R.D Offutt’s massive potato farms here, spraying fungicide about every five days.

It’s how the potato industry did business, but not anymore.

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