November/December 2019

In August, when the 2019 potato crop’s fresh shipments were estimated, its volume was projected to be one of the most balanced in recent memory. At this point, the 2019 North American fall potato cr... more »
With the introduction of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, the House of Representatives has begun another effort at immigration reform for agriculture. Though the bill is not perfect and doesn’t... more »
La Belle Russet Overview Parentage: A99031-1TE x A96013-2 Developer: Northwest Potato Variety Development Program Plant Variety Protection: Applied for in 2019 Strengths: La Belle Russet... more »
Among the ranks of state association leaders in the potato industry, Kelly Turner is still something of the new kid in class. She’s hardly new to agriculture, however. Turner, a lifelong Michigan... more »
Shipping is an essential part of the food supply chain and a significant factor in everyone’s bottom line along the way. Transit costs can be volatile; they hinge on any number of factors beyond foo... more »
The days when transactions were settled by a handshake bring back sentimental memories, but they are long gone in today’s high-stakes businesses of seed and commercial potato production. Purchasi... more »
Wet early and wet late was a common theme for potato growers in the U.S. this year, certified seed growers included. In Idaho, spring rain hampered planting efforts and then late frosts hindered ea... more »
Idaho experienced a somewhat challenging growing season. Planting began at the normal time, but was interrupted by a two-week period of rain. Additionally, late frosts and cooler temperatures delayed ... more »
The Irving family has been growing potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine, since the early part of the 19th century. The Irvings are well-known for their quality spuds, but these days they’re becoming... more »

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