November/December 2023

2023 potato seed reports yield variation in weather, acreage

Growers across the country experienced a range of conditions and challenges in the 2023 harvest, with a cold spring that delayed planting in Idaho and rain that dampened yields in Maine and Nebraska. ... more

Developing new potato varieties requires perseverance

Paul Collins is a patient man. His job as a research geneticist for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service requires him to be. Collins is leading potato varietal development efforts in Orono, M... more

Emerging drone technology new tool to help manage crops

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — drones — are becoming more popular in grower operations. The devices are gaining a foothold in fields. Drones are taking on more labor-intensive tasks as technol... more

New cultivars helping to breed sustainable success

When defining sustainability in potato production, it may seem like there are as many interpretations as there are varieties. While the Potato Sustainability Alliance (PSA) is bringing together sta... more

NPC working to ensure potatoes’ seat at nutrition policy table

Here are two facts that should be obvious to anyone writing public policy. First: Potatoes are nutritional powerhouses, offering both affordability and flexibility as America’s favorite vegetable. S... more

PAA honors 5 student research projects at annual meeting

The Potato Association of America honored graduate students with cash awards for outstanding research presentations at the organization's annual meeting. In 2000, an endowment was established to ho... more

WSU doctoral student has big plans for $10,000 scholarship

An agtech internship his senior year of high school introduced Jacob Meeuwsen to agriculture as a potential career, and that initial interest is now paying dividends. Meeuwsen, a Ph.D. student at W... more

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