News

May 8
USDA unveils biotech labeling rule

On May 3, the USDA made public a biotech labeling rule that when final, will set the federal requirements for mandatory disclosure to consumers of the presence of bioengineered traits within various food products. This rule has been in the proces... more


May 3
Potandon sets start date for Arizona red potatoes

Potandon Produce, the exclusive marketing agent for Pinto Creek Co. in Eloy, Arizona, said its fresh potato season will begin on Thursday, May 10. Early season growing conditions delayed this year’s crop, but did not impact quality, the company ... more


May 3
USDA seeks nominees for National Potato Promotion Board

The USDA wants nominees to fill 56 producer and two importer member seats on the National Potato Promotion Board. USDA will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms expire Feb. 28, 2019. Potato producers in various states submit nominati... more


May 3
Red potato market tumbles

Marketers in the Red River Valley held the base price for #1 size A reds at or above $15 per hundredweight (cwt.) from September through February but a chain of events this spring sent the market on a big decline, with some loads being sold as low as... more


May 3
Targeted herbicide tank mixtures for weed control in potatoes

In the latest issue of Potato Progress, editor Andrew Jensen looks at how to find the right tank mix to control the unique weed problems in each field. He also makes the case for not just using the same mix in all fields and the disadvantages that a ... more


April 26
University releases planting tool for growers

As growers head into the field for the season, one of their many tasks is figuring planting rates. North Dakota State University has released a table to help growers calculate the amount of potato seed needed to plant at different row widths, within-... more


April 26
Update: Progress on Idaho’s nematode program

The Idaho Potato Commission has released the latest on its efforts to fight the pale cyst nematode. The group also released a statement after a district court judge ruled in favor of a group of Idaho farmers affected by a federal pale cyst nematode q... more


April 26
Potato virus detection training workshops set

Researchers are holding three potato virus detection training workshops in the United States this year – at Othello, Washington; Antigo, Wisconsin; and Presque Isle, Maine. These workshops will cover field identification of PVY (strains O, N-Wi ... more


April 25
Mixed results for U.S. potato exports in February  

Potatoes USA has reported that the latest numbers on U.S. potato exports showed both some gains as well as some double-digit losses. The group reported that U.S. exports of frozen potatoes saw strong growth in February 2018 compared to 2017 with v... more


April 19
Dan Moss to lead Potatoes USA

Dan Moss of Declo, Idaho was elected chair of Potatoes USA on March 15 at the organization’s 46th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. He will be serving his third year on the board and his second on the executive committee. In 2017, he served as co... more



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