News

November 11
Washington State adds new Extension director, potato pathologist

Vicki McCracken has been named Director of Extension for the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.


November 8
Wisconsin ’19 potato crop estimate shows rebound from bad year

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that the Wisconsin potato crop will be 29.0 million cwt this year. 


November 7
McCain adding $80 million specialty production line to New Brunswick facility

The new line will be operational by early 2021 and will feature advanced technology for potato processing efficiency and top-notch packaging options.


November 6
Researchers identify virus that increases late blight’s potency

The virus PiRV-2 has been found to increase spores and lesions in anywhere from nine to 125 more times in some strains of late blight.


November 5
Four equipment companies, including John Deere, form data-sharing platform

Farmers and contractors operating fleets of machinery from different brands will soon be able to exchange and view machine data through a common interface called DataConnect.


November 5
Recent cold stretch has Red River Valley harvest efforts about done

Growers in Western Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota have had a rough harvest season due to weather. Now, they turn to lawmakers for assistance.


November 5
Dosatron International releases D132 series irrigation solution

Dosatron International's D132 Series irrigation solution is available now. It is compatible with nutrients, sanitizers, acids and line cleaners. “The D132 series has three models to choose from and is made up of one doser with a diverter, and ha... more


Creighton Miller

November 5
Creighton Miller, founder of Texas A&M’s potato breeding program, dies at 79

Miller developed or co-developed 19 varieties, including the Russet Norkotah 278 and 296 strains — the two most widely grown Norkotahs in the U.S.


farmer stress

November 4
Farm bankruptcy filings up 24%

From October 2018 through September 2019, Wisconsin led the nation in Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filings with 48. Idaho doubled from six to 12.


November 1
Next World Potato Congress webinar to focus on potato marketing

The next World Potato Congress webinar will deal with marketing potatoes and feature Kris Michiels of Flanders Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM).



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