January 2012

50 Years: Farmers are the backbone of America

Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the life led by the men and women who produce potatoes is its wholesomeness. There are, of course, headwinds: harvesting while watching input prices continually p... more

50 Years: Top 10 List

It's hard to believe Spudman is 50 years old this year and even harder to think about all of the challenges the industry has gone through over the past five decades to remain prosperous.I spent some t... more

50 Years: True Grit

It took a one-eyed photographer with a vision for a national potato magazine to create Spudman magazine 50 years ago. The fact that Dan Crawford wasn't a very good farmer, by his own estimation, proba... more

Combatting PVY

The potato industry in North America is currently experiencing an invasion of sorts by an old pest that has recently undergone some important and sinister changes. The pest is Potato virus Y or PVY a... more

Fostering Innovation

In the middle of spring planting, hail pings off the roof of Jim Tiede's shop and office, pelting his newly planted fields about eight miles west of American Falls in southeastern Idaho. A few wind gu... more

Spudman 7: Don Flannery

Don Flannery has served as the executive director of the Maine Potato Board since 2002. From 1997 to 2002 he was the assistant executive director of the MPB. Prior to that role, he was the director of... more

Spudman Survey

Well, if there's one thing that jumps off the pages of this year's Spudman survey it's the wide range of responses for how growers fared in the 2011 season.Seems as if almost everyone started with a c... more

Taking Stock: 50 Years & Counting

The new year always starts off with so much promise and I think 2012 is going to fulfill that promise, both editorially and agriculturally speaking.Editorially speaking, this issue marks the beginning... more

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