November/December 2020

How COVID paved the way for Spudman’s new podcast, ‘The Potato Field’

Eight months ago, I was not a podcast guy.  I didn’t see the allure. To be honest, I didn’t really want to either. It felt like everyone had one. They seemed almost as common as a Facebook pag... more

LeRoy Salazar has decades of experience, including growing where potatoes originated

LeRoy Salazar not only has plenty of experience growing potatoes, he has the rather unique experience — at least among American farmers — of having grown potatoes where they originated: the highla... more

San Luis Valley farms come together to expand seed potato production with San Acacio Seed

Geographic isolation in farming isn’t a bad thing when it comes to keeping disease out of your fields and improving quality. The three farms that make up the San Acacio Seed partnership definitely s... more

Seed potato growers among those struggling with processing demand uncertainty

Potatoes have a long journey from breeding labs to restaurant fryers. Over a period of five years, or even longer, they’ll pass through greenhouses, seed farms, commercial farms and processing facil... more

Seed Potato Report 2020: Conditions mostly positive in Central US states

This year has brought a lot of bad with it for Americans, but one bright spot most U.S. seed potato growers can cite is good growing conditions. Reports from around the U.S. tell of favorable condi... more

Seed Potato Report 2020: Northeastern US hurt by drought

This year has brought a lot of bad with it for Americans, but one bright spot most U.S. seed potato growers can cite is good growing conditions. Reports from around the U.S. tell of favorable condi... more

Seed Potato Report 2020: Yields and quality average to good in Western US

This year has brought a lot of bad with it for Americans, but one bright spot most U.S. seed potato growers can cite is good growing conditions. Reports from around the U.S. tell of favorable condi... more

The future of pale cyst nematode control

Potato cultivation in Idaho had its start, on a very small scale, in 1836. Farmers soon discovered that the state’s climate and soil yielded harvests large enough not only to meet their own local ne... more

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