News

July 5
Research evaluates how ‘vadose zone’ affects runoff water

Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He’ll need to get some dye into an injection well. The point? To evaluate the path that water follows from the field during and after ... more


July 5
Senate bill would offer assistance with equipment buys

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has joined Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to introduce the bipartisan Agriculture Equipment and Machinery Depreciation Act to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery... more


July 5
Washington commission seeks nominations for vacancy

The Washington State Potato Commission is accepting nominations to fill a vacancy left by a retiring commissioner. This position must be filled by a grower from District 2, which includes the counties of Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Yakima, Kittit... more


July 5
June NASS report shows reduction in total U.S. acreage

Potato acreage in the United States is down, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) annual June fall acreage report. Total acreage for 2017 is estimated to be 1,025,400 acres, down .83 percent from the 2016 figur... more


June 28
Growers meet for 10th Annual Crop Transition Conference

The 10th annual Crop Transition Conference was held June 21 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference which is organized by the United Potato Growers of America (UPGA) was first held in 2008 and was focused only on the red potato market. The leade... more


June 27
Carrington Research Extension offers weed ID resources

North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) has a weed arboretum (living weed exhibit) that's a resource for informal or formal weed identification. "The first step in weed management is plant identification," said ... more


June 27
Potato beetle cannibalism may help protect crops

Colorado potato beetles can decimate spud crops by devouring the plants' foliage. Researchers at the University of Maine (UMaine) have found cannibalism may slow down the devastation of Colorado potato beetles on potato crops. UMaine scientists Ev... more


June 22
Maine Potato Board highlights industry research

The Maine Potato Board has introduced a new research section in its monthly Maine Potato News e-newsletter. The Potato Research Corner will briefly highlight recent research from the potato industry that growers may find applicable and helpful to the... more


June 22
2017 Annual Ag World Golf Classic raises over $73,000

Area agriculture producers, processors and industry businesses rose to the challenge and set a new event record at the fourth Annual Ag World Golf Classic on June 14. Participants raised over $73,000 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inl... more


June 22
Maine Potato Board names 2017 Farm Family of the Year

The Maine Potato Board has selected the Steve and Fred Whited family of Bridgewater as the 2017 Farm Family of the Year. The Whited family has a long history of farming in Bridgewater, and Fred, Steve's son, is the sixth generation farmer in his fami... more



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