Production

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 repo... 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 »

McCain invests in vertical farming company

McCain Foods has completed a strategic investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture, a Canadian agricultural technology company that has developed pr... 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 »

USDA releases report on truck shortage and record high rates

As potato shippers across the country know, trucks are hard to come by and very expensive. According to the Northern Plains Potato Growers Associ... more »

Judge decides government didn’t follow rules in quarantining Idaho potato fields

A district court judge has ruled in favor of a group of Idaho farmers affected by a federal pale cyst nematode quarantine program who claimed that the... more »

Study: Decreasing potato row spacing may increase yield

In a study published in the American Journal of Potato Research, researchers showed significant potato yield increases by decreasing row spacing to 32... more »

New McCain contracts worry some growers

Idaho farmers who raise potatoes for making frozen fries fear a contract being offered by a Canadian food manufacturer could quash their chances of ea... more »


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