May/June 2020

2020 Spudwoman of the Year Britt Raybould

Britt Raybould broke new ground in two ways for the National Potato Council this year. In January, Raybould was elected as president of the NPC’s executive committee, making her the first female ... more

Biotech potatoes can bring improved performance, quality to global markets

From a scientific perspective, the potato is a pretty cool crop to work with. Cultivated potato and its wild relatives contain a lot of diversity — both above and below the ground. When growing pota... more

Cultivar Corner: Huron Chipper has strong tolerance to common scab

Huron Chipper (MSW485-2) is a new chip-processing variety developed by Michigan State University. Parentage: MSQ070-1 x MSR156-7 Developers: Michigan State University and the MSU AgBioResearch (... more

How COVID-19 is backing up potato supply chain, reducing acreage

(UPDATE: USDA announces $19 billion coronavirus relief package for food industry, including $2.1 billion for specialty crops) Stories from two potato farmers in Idaho symbolize the havoc created by... more
Potato-Seed-Plants

Hybrid potato breeding offers huge potential

Potatoes can be a tough crop to grow. Seed tubers are bulky, perishable and quickly degenerate when pressured by disease. Furthermore, improvement of existing varieties has been slow. Traditional b... more

Inside the Industry: Potato Cultivar & Rotation Survey

Spudman recently surveyed readers on potato rotations, why they choose the varieties they grow, cover crops and challenges they face in balancing longer rotations with production needs. RELATED: ... more

Muir: Idaho potato industry has been ‘upended’

Since mid-March when Americans were encouraged to stay home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Idaho potato industry has been upended. From unprecedented demand at retail, to a cl... more

Powdery scab suppression remains elusive so far

Powdery scab, caused by Spongospora subterranea, is a worrisome disease for potato growers around the world for a variety of reasons. Powdery scab can stay present in soil for a long period of ti... more

Researcher Mark Pavek’s message to growers: Always question what you’re doing

At its core, Mark Pavek describes his professional focus as “finding the smartest and most profitable agronomic practices and varieties for (Pacific) Northwest growers.” Pavek is a Research and Ex... more

Where diets offer empty promises, potatoes give people their deserved fill

Back when the potato was still seen as a novelty by most of the world, Andean people were way ahead of the curve in their intimate knowledge of the crop’s wild relatives. In fact, their affinity for... more

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