Today’s quick hits, May 31, 2022

Calf Canyon ‘sleeper’ fire: The largest wildfire in New Mexico history, the Calf Canyon fire, was caused by a sleeper fire, started by the Forest Service in January to destroy a burn pile, and which smoldered throughout the winter before reigniting in April. (Forest Service)

Potato production could double: With additional research to boost yields, world production of the potato, the third-most important food crop globally, could double in the next decade, said FAO director general Qu Dongyu at the World Potato Congress. (FAO)

Warm water kills salmon: New Zealand King Salmon, the country’s largest producer of king salmon, said it will shut down some of its salmon farms because warm sea water has caused mass die-offs. (Guardian)

Russia would allow exports: Russia is ready to work with Turkey to facilitate exports from the Black Sea region, including exports of Ukrainian grain. If Western sanctions were removed, Russia would export “significant volumes of fertilizers and agricultural products,” said the Kremlin. (Reuters)

USDA forest-market grants: The USDA announced $32 million in grants that would leverage $93 million from partners “to help tribes, local governments, and qualified nonprofit organizations develop and maintain forest markets critical to maintaining healthy, resilient, and productive forests.” (USDA)