Potato Grower

March 2021

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Sackett Potatoes Sackett Potatoes The name Sackett has been synonymous with potatoes in central Michigan for a long time. A five- generation legacy means a lot of potatoes and a lot of Sacketts. In 1987, Alan Sackett, then a partner on the original Sackett home farm with his brothers, struck out on his own, moving 30 miles north to Mecosta, Mich. With his sons Brian and Jeff, Alan leased a farm with 1,200 acres of irrigated land and good storage facilities. That first growing season saw about 400 acres of potatoes harvested. Since then, the Sacketts have increased their operation to more than 18,000 farmed acres in three states (Michigan, Illinois and North Carolina). They grow seed corn, field corn, soybeans, wheat and, of particular interest to us, some 7,200 acres of chipping potatoes. The original potato storage capacity of 90,000 hundredweight has grown to accommodate more 1.3 million hundredweight across the farm locations. Today, Brian Sackett and his son Tyler — representing the fifth and sixth generations to grow potatoes — are managing partners of Sackett Potatoes. Though Alan has retired from day-to-day management, he makes his way into the office most days and continues to provide 16 POTATO GROWER | MARCH 2021 From left: Tyler, Alan and Brian Sackett

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