Most of our farmers grow potatoes in preference to any other crop, and the only reason more are not grown is because the land is not in just the right condition, and then again it is an expensive crop to grow.

As to markets, we have Texas first. This is a short haul and quick service; that is, the Texas people can get ' spuds' from Greeley quicker than from any other section and the freight rates are as low and some lower than in a great many of the potato districts. Again, we have onions which we are privileged to ship with potatoes, and the smaller towns which would not use a car of onions will buy the potatoes in order to get twenty or thirty sacks of onions in the car with their potatoes.

Different localities use a different style of potato. For instance, Chicago wants a rather large, long potato, while St. Louis wants a round, medium size, and Kansas City demands the very largest. Then, there are a few places that will take them mixed, and it all depends on the strength of the market as to whether they will take them at all.

As to yield, we have one section of the Greeley district that last year averaged 200 bushels to the acre, and another section not fifteen miles away where the average was less than fifty bushels to the acre. Altogether, the average last year was 100 bushels to the acre, and we had one year when they averaged 250 bushels for the entire district.

Rurals and Pearls are our standard varieties, with 6 per cent. planted to Pearls, but Rurals are gaining. It seems that some of our growers are just learning how to grow Rurals."

The following table shows the cars sold at various seasons, the price, and total cars produced.

Cars. Jan. 1.

Prices

Feb. 1.

1.

Apr. 1.

Mar. 1, 1902.........

..........3,000 )

..........2,000 J*110

$1.00

$1.05

$1.25

Feb. 15, 1903..........

...........1.800)

...........1.090) 60

60

65

60

Jan. 1, 1904...........

Mar. 1, 1904............

4,000 to 4,500 70 ..........1,800

90

1.00

1.30

Jan. 13. 1905...........

Mar.24, 1905...........

4,000 to 4,500) 30

30

25

20

Feb. 1, 1906..........

Feb. 24, 1906..........

Apr. 12, 1906..........

.........3,500 )

.........2.575 ) 75

.........1.020 )

65

55

60

Mar. 11,1907..........

Apr. 12,1907...........

.......... 550) 60

65

75

70

Feb. 1, 1908...........

Apr. 7, 1908..........

3,000 to 3,500 ) .......... 500 ) 70

80

75

1.00

Jan. 5, 1909...........

Feb. 1, 1909...........

..........5.000) 65

..........3.000)

90

1.15

1.35

Mar. 1, 1910...........

..........2,000 60

65

45

25

Jan. 1, 1911..........

Feb. 1, 1911..........

.........2,500)

.........1,400) 75

85

85

Season

1910-11

..................

6,500 cars.

<<

1909-10

.................

8,000

1908-09

................

11,000

t*

1907-08

...................

9,000

«4

1906-07

.....................

10,000

«<

1905-06

.....................

11.000

«<

1904-05

...................

14,000

1903-04

..........................

6,500

«

1902-03

.......................

4.500

<*

1901-02

........................

5,000