January 2020

Alsum Farms & Produce

‘All Spuds’: Alsum Farms has quadrupled potato production the past 30 years

Alsum Farms & Produce has been referred to “All Spuds” because of the size of its potato production. It is true, when it comes to farming, the operation is all about growing potatoes, but the... more

Breaking down 2019 seed potato acreage

U.S. acres devoted to growing certified Ciklamen potato seed have steadily increased over the past decade. With just 62 acres in 2010, Ciklamen growth has increased every year since and reached 1,3... more

Column: Combine Idaho potatoes, Chobani Greek yogurt to make tasty mashed potaotes

In November, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) collaborated with Chobani, America’s No. 1 Greek yogurt brand, to create a festive recipe campaign promoting America’s favorite holiday side dish, ma... more

Column: Growers stand up for growers at Potato D.C. Fly-In

Every February, potato growers trade in their Carhartts and work boots for business suits and dress shoes to walk the marbled floors of Capitol Hill. Why? They’re committed to standing with their fe... more

Cultivar Corner: Bellanita is an early yellow fingerling

Overview Parentage: AR97-1032 x AR97-0942 Developers: Parkland Potato Varieties | Agrico (www.parklandseedpotatoes.com) Description: The Bellanita is an early fingerling which produces a very... more

Guatemalan potato growers seek oblong alternatives to Loman

Guatemala might be called the “The Land of the Eternal Spring” by the tourist industry thanks to its cool, pleasant temperatures and soft rain. The potato industry, however, might want to call the... more

Inside the Potato Industry: Irrigation

The following potato farming irrigation data is from an online reader survey conducted by Spudman in late 2019. These results also appeared in the January 2020 issue of Spudman. ... more

National Potato Council launches podcast ‘Eye on Potatoes’

Diving deeper into potato industry issues can now be done while in a truck, a tractor or sitting on a plane. The National Potato Council (NPC) launched a free podcast series Jan. 14, titled “Eye ... more

State of the Potato Industry Report 2020

The U.S. potato industry has been in a fight in recent decades, a fight against negative public perception. International demand for potatoes and potato products continues to increase, particularly... more

Wild genetics key to conveying potato disease resistance

New research suggests that limited genetic differences in potato lineages has left British and American spuds vulnerable to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine. Plant scientists at the ... more

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