February 2021

Brexit’s impact on the global potato industry

At the eleventh hour, the United Kingdom was able to establish and agree to a new trade deal with Europe. The deal was not without its concessions, though.  Sarah Baker, AHDB Strategy Insight Team... more

Fumigation reduces soilborne diseases, which helps sustainability

Improving sustainable potato production is an admirable goal for the potato industry. The basic concept of sustainable crop production is to produce an economically viable crop while maintaining or im... more
Potato Field

Potatoes & Sustainability: What people want to know

Sustainability is a major concern among consumers. Farmers and other food producers are aware of that, but often are unsure how to address it. The notion of sustainable farming is almost shrugged o... more

Renee Rioux settling in as Wisconsin’s seed certification director

Renee Rioux was tapped to be the administrative director of the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program in August 2019. Since then, she’s been developing research and teams and getting to know t... more

Spudman announces potato industry Dream Team 2021

Six-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Belichick has a mantra: “Do your job.” Every player on the field has a responsibility and if each person executes theirs, the team will be successful. Tha... more

The relationship between potato tuber yield and thermal stability

In 2011, the Michigan potato industry identified soil health as a key research priority. The following year, it published an informational document (white paper), sponsored a workshop and conducted a ... more

US potatoes see less use due to COVID-related foodservice losses, imports

With everything that occurred this past year, it is very important for us to understand what has happened to the sales of potatoes in the U.S. market and how the crop was utilized.  Based on an an... more

Verticillium wilt a ‘complicated knot to untie’ for potato growers

Found in all potato growing regions in the United States, verticillium wilt is a serious disease that diminishes quality and causes significant yield loss by reducing tuber size. While researchers con... more

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