February 2019

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2019 Emerging Leader Award winner: Shawn Boyle proves to be quick study

Less than two years into his potato career, Idaho Grower Shippers Association President Shawn Boyle is already forging his place within the industry.
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Atchley Farms’ sanitation practices cut down on disease threat

Emma Atchley keeps her half-acre greenhouse as sanitary as a hospital and uses laboratory techniques to propagate potato plants. There’s no tolerance for the slightest trace of disease at the ear... more
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Brexit uncertainty has UK potato growers concerned

(Editor's Note: This story is part of a new Spudman feature called Global Perspectives by Melanie Epp. It will focus on the world potato industry and its important issues.) On March 29, 2016, 51.9 ... more

Column: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl boasts more than two decades of classic games

For more than two decades college football teams have been traveling to Boise to play their hearts out at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (FIPB), which, for many players, one of the biggest events of the... more

Column: What are you eating?

As a potato industry member, I am sure your answer to the question posed by this column’s headline is “potatoes.” But what if you are a competitive athlete? As a result of the new Potatoes US... more
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Cultivar Corner: Mackinaw shows resistance to PVY, late blight

Mackinaw (MSX540-4) Parentage: Saginaw Chipper x Lamoka Developers: Michigan State University and MSU AgBioResearch Plant Variety Protection: To be applied for Strengths: MSX540-4 is a chip... more
Drones

Drones to have a place in agriculture, but hype machine has slowed

The premise that drones will change the landscape of agriculture has been around for several years now. As recently as 2016, the MIT Technology Review said drone usage was “revolutionizing” farmin... more
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Spudman 7: Chaks Mattupalli goes from finance to plant pathology

Chakradhar “Chaks” Mattupalli’s experience in agricultural financing in India put him on a very different career path: plant pathology. In dealing with growers on a daily basis, Mattupalli was i... more

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