March 2019

Column: February a month for potatoes to shine

February is high on the list of the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) favorite months. Why? It’s American Heart Month and Potato Lovers’ Month, making it the perfect time to promote the Idaho pota... more

Column: Whoever has the gold makes the rules — usually

We’ve all heard the adage: “Whoever has the gold makes the rules.” While generally true the concept does have exceptions. One, the person with the gold makes the rules only if he or she wants... more

Cultivar Corner: Castle Russet has excellent processing qualities

Castle Russet (POR06V12-3) Parentage: PA00V6-4 x PA01N22-1 Developer: Tri-States Potato Research & Breeding Program ( Plant Variety Protection: Applied for in 2018. Strength... more

Inside the potato industry: GMO

A look at the results of Spudman's reader survey on if genetically modified (GMO) potatoes are good for the industry and what are the most desirable traits. ... more

Phil Hamm, soon to retire, reflects on 45-year career

Hamm has spent his entire 45-year career studying plant disease, including the past 30 years at Oregon State in some capacity.

Soil health: Experts say use one-step-at-a-time approach

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino once did a TV commercial endorsing Isotoner gloves. In it, he gifted gloves to his offensive linemen, who were responsible for keeping Marino from getting sacked ev... more

Trade, technology among major topics at Potato Expo 2019

The latest products, varieties and technologies available to the potato industry were on display at Potato Expo 2019 in Austin, Texas. The two-day event was held Jan. 9-10 at the Austin Convention ... more

Variable rate technology pays off in the Netherlands

Five VRA technologies that produced the most rewarding results were planting, soil herbicide weed control, nitrogen side dressing, late blight control and haulm killing.

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