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How teamwork and technology keep Western Potatoes strong

Troy Sorensen never doubts that his employees at Western Potatoes will continue working their hardest when he’s not watching, and he’s seldom burd... more »

Preventing and Managing Devastating Potato Late Blight Outbreaks

{Sponsored} Late blight can rapidly become severe; farmers can see it go from a few lesions to complete defoliation in just a few days. When vines are... more »

Q: What has changed over the last 15 years in regard to late-season insect control and how does it impact my management strategies today?

{Sponsored} Broad-spectrum insecticides have largely gone by the wayside. Growers no longer rely upon season-long control of the former broad-spectrum... more »

PAA: Potato prices as affected by the yearly potato quantity produced 

Potato prices received by growers are largely determined by the quantity of potatoes produced each year. Potato growers make individual decisions on t... more »

How a grower explored new irrigation ideas

Ryan Christensen’s family developed a nine-hole golf course on 35 acres of unproductive farmland mostly to provide a community service. Yet indir... more »

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 »


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