July/August 2012

Built with Straw

Marcus and Jessie Koenig may have the only large potato storage in the world using straw-bale insulated walls. You'll find them in southwestern Ontario, about an hour's drive north from Port Huron, M... more
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Christmas in July

It's early summer here in southeast Idaho. Potato fields are in bloom right now. The flowers have such a quiet beauty in their simplicity. I read that in France, King Louis XVI would wear a potato fl... more

Family Legacy

From the time he was big enough to stand on a milk crate and grade potatoes, John Christoffel Stoffel" Probasco has been involved with potatoes on his family's farm in Chesterfield, N.J. "I've been w... more

Inhibitor Alternatives

In the fresh potato market, few things are as unwelcome as a spud that looks like it should be planted rather than eaten. Sprouting may be a natural process, but it's a sure turnoff to shoppers. Howe... more

Keeping it Clean: Sanitary potato storage promotes healthy tubers

You've made major investments in time, labor and inputs to bring in a healthy crop of potatoes. Now the question is: Have you made the necessary investments in your storage system to protect thehealt... more

Storage Evolution

Walt Sparks. His name is synonymous with potato storage. Potato storage systems have come a long way from the days of old A-frame, non-ventilated buildings. And Sparks is the person most often cited ... more

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