Planting

Green Bank Observatory helps promote potato growing

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to grow potatoe as cash crops with the help of the Green Bank Observatory in Green ... more »

Simplot signs new deal with Tasmanian growers

Simplot has agreed to pay its suppliers in Tasmania 5 percent more. The increase is set to be phased in over the next three years. The contract with S... more »

How to manage beet leafhoppers

There were a lot more beet leafhoppers (BLHs) on our yellow sticky traps this week. They were found on traps at 42 of the 53 potato fields we monitor... more »

Study tests psyllids for insecticide resistance

A growing resistance of potato psyllids to the neonicotinoid classification of insecticides has Ada Szczepaniec, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entom... more »

NASS changes spring planting report

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has changed the number of states in its spring potato planting report for 2016, from four to tw... more »

Protecting your crop from disease during planting

Healthy potatoes yield healthy profits.And just like anything else, the end game is directly impacted by the actions you do — or do not — ... more »

Net Irrigate: WireRat pivot monitoring solutions

Eddie DeSalle, CEO and general manager of Net Irrigate, discusses a new version of WireRat, a wireless pivot monitor to help irrigators stop copp... watch »

Deere & Company to purchase Precision Planting

Deere & Company and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, have signed definitive agreements for Deere to acquire the Precisio... more »

Potato acreage increases for 2015

Potato farmers are planting more acres in fall potatoes for 2015. Whether that results in more potatoes at harvest time.The USDA's National Agricultur... more »

Targeting exports

Seed potatoes represent just one percent of U.S. potato exports. It's a drop in the bucket. No matter. Some players in this tiny niche market are mak... more »


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