Colorado has a long rich tradition of growing potatoes dating from the early 1880’s and today is one of the top production areas in the US. The San Luis
Valley is unique in that it is one of the largest, high altitude (7,600 ft.), irrigated crop production areas in the United States. The area is surrounded by
12,000-14,000 foot mountains. The Colorado State University potato program is based at the San Luis Valley Research Center which is engaged in various
potato research programs include breeding and selection, pathology, crop management and field physiology, postharvest physiology, and seed certification.
The first San Luis Valley Research Center was established in 1888 (the same year the main station at Fort Collins was established) on 200 acres of state land near the Rio Grande River, seven miles east of Del Norte.
The Colorado State University potato program is committed to developing research based information and extension education programs to support the Colorado potato production and marketing system and consumers alike. Strong, forward-looking research and extension programs that enable the potato industry to be on the cutting edge of technology that is essential to compete in the markets of today and tomorrow.