March 2021

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African potato industry doesn’t escape GMO resistance

Early last year, Ugandan experts forecast 40-50% adoption of the new bioengineered potato 3R Victoria in 15 years’ time. Field trials showed significantly higher yields without the use of fungicide.... more

Beating back Fusarium dry rot in Clearwater Russet

Clearwater Russet offers many advantages to potato growers as a dual-purpose russet cultivar. It produces a high percentage of U.S. No. 1 tubers and has a low incidence of sugar ends and cold-induced ... more

Maine Potato Board’s Porter Seed Farm experiment finds success

Most major potato-producing states have an association or commission in place to connect and represent its collection of potato growers. Rarely are such commissions actually in the business of growing... more

NPC’s LaJoie: When the potato industry is healthy, America is better off

It is hard to believe that sitting here 12 months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can be thankful that the U.S. potato industry, in general, and the National Potato Council, as an organiz... more

Petoskey is a chipper with common scab resistance, good long-term storage potential

Petoskey (MSV030-4) has excellent chip processing quality out of the field and long-term chip quality with high specific gravity and resistance to common scab, and a good size profile of uniform, roun... more

Soil health experts offer tips on fumigation best practices

Fumigation can be a necessary means to get soilborne pathogens under control in potato fields. Chemical fumigants reduce the bad in the soil, but also reduce the good, so other soil health practices ... more

Spudman’s new award program recognizes sustainability

Sustainability is going to be a major topic for food producers for the foreseeable future. Consumers are becoming increasingly more conscious of how food is grown, processed, packaged, transported and... more

WSU researcher Kiwamu Tanaka focused on identifying natural plant disease resistance

Just like humans, plants have evolutionary immune systems. Washington State University Associate Professor Kiwanu Tanaka has made studying those immune systems and how they interact with soil microbes... more

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