January 2019


Drip, VRI, drones among advancements in irrigation

Water availability and water quality make up what is a two-headed monster facing growers around the world, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. Irrigation technology continues to advance, but fin... more

Editorial: GMO potatoes present opportunity

Why aren't we producing more GMO potatoes? Mostly because public demand just isn't there yet. The industry needs to educate the consumer.

Gene editing could aid against potato oxidization, disease resistance

Gene editing has allowed potato breeders to tackle major production issues, such as drought tolerance and disease pressure, as well as quality-related issues like browning.

Making progress on pale cyst nematode infestation in Idaho

For the past decade, pale cyst nematode (PCN) has been an unwelcome topic for potato growers. While the destructive parasites aren’t eradicated in eastern Idaho, where most of the potato field co... more

Potato Industry: Tariffs, transportation, soil health top list of issues

Tariffs were a major story for the global economy in 2018 and the potato industry did not escape their effects. China and Mexico — two of the largest importers of U.S. potatoes — levied tarif... more

Seed Acreage Report: Lamoka, Clearwater continue rising

Reported certified potato seed acreage in the United States fell by 6.7 percent in 2018, with several of the top cultivars seeing a corresponding dip in total acres. Once again, Russet Burbank was ... more

Spudman 7: Matt Wilkes, Potato Services of Michigan

Potato Services of Michigan buys and sells potatoes of all kinds — chipping, processing, tablestock, seed, exotics, organic — and the company also started exporting North American potatoes recently.

Stoddard Farms more than just free fries, clever T-shirts

Stoddard Farms in Grace, Idaho, known for its free french fries, sponsors a 5K and Farm Day with T-shirts with slogans like, "Everyday, I wet my plants."

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