This section is from the book "The Potato: A Compilation of Information from Every Available Source", by Eugene H. Grubb, W. S. Guilford. Also available from Amazon: The Potato: A Compilation Of Information From Every Available Source.
In a very fine book on Nevada, published by the Homeseekers' Bureau of the Sunset Magazine, San Francisco, Cal., in an article by C. A. Norcross, Commissioner of Agriculture of Nevada, it is stated that the potato is the principal export of the state. The Nevada potato has taken the first award at several fairs, international expositions, and produce shows. It grows evenly, when properly cultivated, of uniform size, clear and healthy skin, firm texture, free from disease, is not watery, and when cooked is dry, mealy, and white as a snowdrift. It is no mean agricultural art to get the best results in potato growing. It requires experience and intelligence to know when and how to plant the crop, how deep the irrigation furrows should be and the precise quantity of water required. But where the art is mastered, the profits from potato growing one year with another are very great. The average yield is about six tons to the acre, or 200 bushels, under any reasonably skilful handling, but the leading potato growers of the state grow from eight to fifteen tons per acre. The average selling price is about $20 per ton, or 60 cents per bushel. A net profit of $200 per acre on the crop is not unusual in seasons of good prices.