The objective of this paper is to provide a list of crops with sufficient markets that can be
grown on the tax forfeited peatlands and stimulate economic growth in Koochiching
County. The focus was on finding crops with significant markets such that large
number of peatland acres could eventually be utilized for production. The market for
broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, and onions is large and growing. It should be able
to absorb additional production from Koochiching County. In addition, the timing of the
asparagus harvest may make it an ideal crop for the County. All of these crops can be
grown on peatlands but additional work must be done in the production and marketing
areas before an industry is developed.
Production issues that must be addressed include varietal development and selection, site
selection and accessibility, and production methods. A marketing infrastructure must also
be developed. ~Even though these production and marketing concerns may eventually be
addressed, the profitability of a large produce industry propably depends on the
accessibility of land and the cost of clearing and the availability and cost of labor.
Development of a produce industry in northern Minnesota will take money, time, and
dedicated people. If Koochiching County decides to help develop the industry it should
work with the organizations who appear to be leading the development: the Clearwater
County Extension Office, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute at Crookston,
Northern Minnesota Produce, and Kooch Grown.
Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth; Prepared for: Koochiching County Board of Commissioners
Van Hale, Thomas J; Johnson, Kurt W.
A Market Assessment for Potential Crops on Peatlands in Koochiching County.
University of Minnesota Duluth.
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