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KNUTSON: You say potato, I say potatoes

Farmers sometimes tell me that they grow "potato." Or "sunflower" or "soybean." It's happening again this harvest season. Well, producers know vastly more about their crops than I do. To my ear, though, those names don't sound quite right. "Potat...

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Farmers sometimes tell me that they grow “potato.” Or “sunflower” or “soybean.” It’s happening again this harvest season.

Well, producers know vastly more about their crops than I do. To my ear, though, those names don’t sound quite right. “Potato” is what you use when you say, “Yes, I’d like a baked potato” or “My potato crop looks pretty good this year.” But “potatoes” is what you use when you say, “Potatoes are always an interesting crop to grow.”

Do you grow potato or potatoes? Sunflower or sunflowers? Soybean or soybeans?

In the grand scheme of things, of course, the answer doesn’t matter. Profitability does.

But, hey, I’m a word guy and an ag guy. These things interest me.

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