News

November 13
Insecticide resistance in Colorado potato beetles

Colorado potato beetles overwinter in the soil as adults, often aggregating in woody areas adjacent to the fields in which they have spent the previous summer. Starting in late May, the overwintered beetles dig themselves out of the soil and mate. Th... more


November 13
Potato production in Minnesota, North Dakota expected to see small drop

Potato production in the upper Midwest looks to be down somewhat in 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that North Dakota potato crop will be 23.7 million hundredweight (cwt), down 3 perc... more


November 12
Researchers tab potatoes in Department of Defense project to create ‘talking plant’

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Tennessee believe they can genetically modify potato plants to detect potential threats. Their findings could mean big news for growers, as well as an unlikely entity: The U.S... more


November 12
Department of Labor proposes easing H-2B, H-2A job posting rules

To make it easier for Americans to find and fill open jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposal Nov. 8 for employers seeking temporary labor certifications through the H-2B and H-2A visa programs to advertise jobs online. Under curren... more


November 9
Colorado potato beetle genome gives insight into major agricultural pest

The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry — and for its ability to resist the insecticides developed to stop it. Managing the beetle costs tens of millions of dollars every year, but this is a welcom... more


November 9
Idaho Potato Commission’s Jamie Bowen elected to IFEC conference board of directors

Idaho Potato Commission marketing manager Jamie Bowen has been elected to serve on the International Foodservice Editorial Council’s board of directors for its 62nd annual conference. Bowen’s term is for two years. “There isn’t another org... more


November 9
Washington potato crop estimated at 106 million hundredweight

Washington’s 2018 potato crop is expected to yield larger numbers than a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Northwest Regional Field Office reported. Estimations have the crop at 106 million hundredweight (cwt), which is an increas... more


November 9
Oregon potato crop could see 33 percent increase

The Oregon potato crop projects to see a significant boon in 2018. According to estimates released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northwest Region Field Office, Oregon will produce 28,500,000 hundredweight (cwt), which would be an increase ... more


November 9
Projection for Idaho potato crop yield-per-acre would be best of all-time

If projections are correct, potato acreage in Idaho will prove to be more efficient in 2018 than ever before. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Northwest Regional Field Office estimates the Idaho crop at 139,000,000 hundredweights (cwt), and, wit... more


November 9
Long potato numbers up in Idaho, down slightly in Oregon, Washington

A recent survey shows numbers of long potatoes weighing at least 10 ounces are up in Idaho, but down slightly in Oregon and Washington. The numbers stem from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northwest Regional Field Office’s 2018 Potato Object... more



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