July/August 2010

July/August 2010


Departments & Columns

  • Taking Stock
  • Industry News
  • The Spudman 7: Teresa Kuwahara
  • Cultivar Corner
  • United States Potato Board
  • National Potato Council
  • United Potato Growers of America
  • The Guenthner Report
  • As the Crow Flies

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All Articles

Futbol and Potatoes

Futbol and Potatoes

By Bill Schaefer, Managing Editor I've been watching a some of the World Cup soccer matches and I have to confess that I have a new-found appreciation for the game of soccer. I marvel at the agility and quick footwork of the players. There's a lot of athleticism and stamina required to run up and down the pitch for 90 minutes plus the additional time they add at the end of the game. The World Cup is truly a global event, and watching the fans' patriotic fervor and hysteria during one of the games, it occurred to me that we in the potato industry could learn a lesson from this quadrennial event. Like soccer, or futbol, depending on your idiom, potatoes share a worldwide appeal. It's the global markets we need to explore and expand into. This month we have a story from our long-time…  » Read more
Continuing the Legacy

Continuing the Legacy

Garrisons continue family tradition in Maine Gregg Garrison, the Maine Potato Board's Young Farmer of the Year last year, attributes much of his success to his father, Wayne. "Take care of the land ... and be open to change ... embrace innovation and say yes to opportunities that present themselves," he said were lessons he learned from his father. "We don't irrigate, that's on thing Dad and I don't do," Gregg said. "We invest in ground rather than irrigation, then we take it more toward the three year rotation. I think the ground will benefit from it, have more water and handling capacity." "Last year," he said, "was a good year. The ground was real wet most of the year until the end of July. Then it went dry in August and where the ground was rotated for years, we still got beautiful potatoes off…  » Read more

Storing Potatoes

Proper storage techniques can reduce disease pressure By Everett Brazil iii, Southern Correspondent Storage conditions can be ripe for diseases to develop and devastate potato crops, leading many universities to seek ways to control or prevent diseases before they become a problem. At the University of Maine (UM) a fungicide testing program looks at new chemicals and their potential for preventing potato diseases, as well as new uses for current chemicals. "There are no postharvest diseases, so the problem begins in the field or delivery into storage," said Steve Johnson, a potato specialist with the UM Cooperative Extension, Presque Isle. "As you store potatoes longer, it certainly does get to be a problem. Whether it's fresh cut or processed, any amount (of disease) you can lower is a good thing," Johnson said. Multiple diseases such as late blight, pink rot, leak, black dot and silver…  » Read more
Spudman 7: Teresa Kuwahara

Spudman 7: Teresa Kuwahara

Teresa (TK) Kuwahara is the international marketing manager for dehydrated potatoes for the United States Potato Board. What are the best words of advice you've received?I have received all kinds of great advice. Recently, my husband reminded me, "You can't eat an elephant in one bite! It takes a lot of little bites to get the job done." What are your goals for the next 12 months?Fully and successfully implement all activities under our current dehy export strategy. 10,000 steps a day! Spend more time with family and friends. Volunteer. What do you do to relax to get away from work?What's that? Just kidding. I like to cook, work in our yard/garden, read and fish. What would you like to be your lasting legacy?I would like to be a part of a team that is able to impact other people's lives. For example, helping to…  » Read more