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Mahi Pono potato harvest

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Mahi Pono General Manager of Farm Operations Darren Strand (right) and Land Development and Cultural Practice Manager Justin Teixeira inspect potatoes clinging to the roots of a plant Thursday that began as a single potato in a Central Maui field Aug. 23.

SECOND PHOTO: Strand said harvesting is scheduled to begin in the 82-acre field Nov. 18, and it looks like it will be a bumper crop. Strand said the yield may far surpass the 75,000 pounds he expected to harvest each week. He said the former sugar cane field had been fallow for three years before planting, and soil testing confirmed that it was safe for crops. “This speaks for the health of the soil,” Strand said. “The health of the plants and the quality speaks for itself. I’m very confident we’re going to have a great crop, a high-quality crop.”

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos