New Varieties

Fertile delta provides grower with “world’s best” soil to grow specialty crops

The Skagit Valley in northwestern Washington is a fertile delta formed by the Skagit and Samish rivers. It was there in 1938 that then 22-year-old Nor... more »

Michigan growers fund research and Extension

This is the first story in a series about the future of university Extension in various states across the nation.The Michigan economy is lagging behin... more »

Line straining improves varieties for Red River Valley grower

A North Dakota potato grower, a plant breeding lab at Michigan State University and a minituber seed grower in Michigan are working together to improv... more »

Total acres, top varieties decline

The top varieties of seed potatoes by acreage saw some big gains and some big losses in 2007. More than 300 varieties of seed potatoes were certified,... more »

Try some common scents

Organic produce and food sales have increased dramatically in the last several years. This demand for organic fruits and vegetables also includes the ... more »

Ohio grower helps forge new path for state’s produce farmers

During the 1920s and 1930s, potato chip companies relied on Ohio potato growers to supply them with chipping potatoes. Dan Dee Pretzel and Potato Chip... more »

New Organization Adds Structure to Potato Breeding Efforts

The three states of the Pacific Northwest have created the Potato Variety Management Institute (PVMI), an agency that will license, promote and market... more »

Idaho Grower Tackles Challenges Associated with Growing Seed Potatoes

With a few years of active duty in the U.S. Army under his belt, Norm Johnson returned to school to earn a master's degree in hospital administration.... more »

Diversity is key to minituber grower’s success

Valley Tissue Culture in Halstad, Minn., sets itself apart from other seed growers by the number of varieties it produces.
Valley Tissue cultures ... more »

Continuing Education

There was nothing like the feeling of getting my first published issue of Spudman in the mail. It was amazing. But what's even better than holding the... more »


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