November/December 2019

Column: Breaking down the 2019 fresh potato crop

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

Column: Immigration reform off to imperfect start, but there is time to fix it

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

Cultivar Corner: La Belle Russet similar to Burbank, Norkotah with some notable exceptions

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
Kelly Turner Michigan Potatoes

Kelly Turner, new head of Michigan potato commission, already has a mindset for farming

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
Truck stock

Packing, loading efficiency key part of potato industry supply chain

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

Seed potato health certificate contains up-to-date status of certified seed

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

Seed Potatoes Report 2019: Eastern & Central United States

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

Seed Potatoes Report 2019: Western United States

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 Caribou Crew: Irving Farms gaining notoriety for up-and-coming variety

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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