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Spudman 7: Charlie Rush

Charlie Rush has been a plant pathologist since graduating from Texas A&M University in the early 80s. In 1986, he initiated the Texas A&M Agr... more »

Melanie Wickham wins 2018 Spudwoman of the Year

When Melanie Wickham steps away from Empire Potato Growers she will have served as the group’s leader for 33 years. She’ll also have dozens of suc... more »

Reducing the Consistency of White Mold in Potatoes

{Sponsored} In areas where white mold is a problem, potato farmers can count on it showing up year after year. Disease pressure tends to be consistent... more »

Canopy environment in irrigation a key factor for managing late blight in semiarid environments

Late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans, is typically not expected to be a problem in the Columbia Basin of Washington and Oregon because the di... more »

Question: How much early blight resistance to SDHI fungicides are you seeing in the fields and how is it impacting current control strategies?

{Sponsored} In the recent past, early blight resistance was between 90% to 100% for the major SDHI fungicides on the market. New strategies had to be ... more »

Progress on Dickeya

A new blackleg pathogen, Dickeya dianthicola, emerged in the eastern U.S. in 2015. Since then researchers have been working to find ways to control th... more »

Spore sampling project to alert growers of disease threat

A University of Idaho-led research team plans to start giving their state’s potato growers advanced warnings this season about the arrival of fungal... more »

Dutch grower improves yields by 1 percent each year using precision ag

It’s been 11 years since Dutch potato grower Jacob van den Borne took over the family farm with his brother Jan. At the time they decided that they ... more »

A Deeper Look: Spotting PVY with drones

Seed certification experts gathered at this year’s Potato Expo in Orlando, Florida and discussed some of the challenges facing seed growers. Those c... more »

Worth the Effort: Making it work with reduced tillage

There’s a touch of irony in the fact that since taking over his family’s farm, Jeff Parkinson has reduced the amount of fertilizer he needs to use... more »


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