August 31, 2014
Daniel Vanderhorst

IPC President Cautions Against Panic

The Idaho Potato Commission has had a successful year of promoting Idaho potatoes with lots more in the works for the coming year—including the return of its iconic giant potato truck.
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August 30, 2014
Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide

ISDA Pesticide Disposal Program

The Idaho State Department of Ag has released the schedule for its 2014 fall pesticide disposal program collections.
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August 29, 2014
Fertilizer

Bayer CropScience Highlights Innovations : Sustainable practices and new seeds, traits and crop protection products on display at Farm Progress Show

BOONE, Iowa — Consumers are looking to farmers to use practices that leave a better world, and Bayer CropScience is responding to support growers by providing the innovative tools and resources to make it happen.
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August 28, 2014
Irrigation

Stabenow Calls for More Info on Waters of U.S. Rule: Senate ag chairwoman Stabenow says more information on the Waters of the U.S. rule would provide farmers certainty regarding the rule's stipulations

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Ag, said earlier this month that farmers need more clarity on the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed Waters of the United States definition.
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August 28, 2014
Joe Taschler

USDA: Farm Income Expected to Fall in 2014

Falling corn and soybean prices will result in a decline in net farm income in 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a forecast report issued Tuesday.
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August 27, 2014
Insecticide
Jamey Boyum

University of Texas Fights Zebra Chip

Many people have experienced the brown potato chip. It looks spoked or ringed and usually tastes bitter.
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August 26, 2014
Fertilizer

Fall Options for Nitrogen Application : Applying ESN in the fall helps growers avoid spring application delays.

Spring nitrogen (N) applications are dependent on favorable weather and being able to get into the field in a timely manner. Fall applications of N can help eliminate many of these issues.
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August 25, 2014
Irrigation
Andy Walker

Irrigation Debate Rages on in P.E.I.: Canadian government may no longer be able to juggle political hot potato

Looking for a stimulating discussion the next time you visit Prince Edward Island? Walk into any public place and utter the words “deep water wells.”
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August 22, 2014
Vicky Boyd

Videos Chronicle PEI Industry Leaders

The Prince Edward Island potato industry has recorded its history for posterity sake and to share with the public and the next generation of potato growers.
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August 22, 2014
Event Calendar, Herbicide

Herbicide Resistance Summit II Information

Building on the insights and perspectives that were established from the 2012 Herbicide Resistance Summit, one of the outcomes expected from Herbicide Resistance Summit II will include a more unified understanding of the issues across the country, underst
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August 20, 2014
Herbicide

Fall Burndown Benefits Beyond Weed Control: Apply postseason herbicides for increased flexibility in spring

While unpredictable weather may delay application timing of spring herbicides, more growers are adding a burndown application in the fall to their weed management program. Though the focus when applying a fall burndown is on control of winter annual weeds
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August 19, 2014
Irrigation
Lora Abcarian, The Produce News

Heat Wave May Chill NW Potato Crop

Potato growers in Oregon and Washington are in wait-and-see mode following a heat wave that hit the Pacific Northwest in July.
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August 16, 2014
Idaho Potato Commission

IPC Celebrates Six Decades of Tots

When Tater Tots began arriving in grocery stores in 1954, they quickly caught on as a snack food, a side dish and the foundation for casseroles at dinner tables across America.
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August 14, 2014
Andrea Gallo

Potatoes’ Perceived Fall from Grace : Consumption declines as Americans cook less and fear carbs

The potato has had a great run for most of the past five centuries. But these days, the humble spud has fallen on hard times.
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August 13, 2014
Fungicide
Web Exclusive

Late Blight Found in Bingham Cty, ID: Apply a protectant fungicide immediately

A potato leaf sample that was POSITIVE for late blight was brought into our Idaho Falls laboratory about a half hour ago. ID was instantaneous as the lesions were actively sporulating.
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August 13, 2014
Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide
AP

Minnesota Grower Cuts Pesticide Use

A Fargo, N.D.-based potato grower is finding that using fewer pesticides is better for business and the environment.
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August 12, 2014
Fertilizer

Project Looks at Impacts of Manure, Fertilizer

KIMBERLY, Idaho — Applying 50 tons of manure per acre for one year is a heavy application. Repeating that rate for eight years is a lot of manure—and a lot of nitrogen.
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August 11, 2014
Tom Tomich and Marcia DeLonge

Scientists Rising to Drought Challenges

This week, scientists from around the world are convening in Sacramento for the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting to discuss cutting-edge research for a sustainable future.
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August 11, 2014

Growers React to Loss of McCain Plant

As a McCain’s grower, Merle Ellis is not sure where, if at all, he will sell his potatoes next year, but the West Cape, Prince Edward Island, resident said he is more concerned for the plant workers who will be out of jobs when McCain Foods closes its Alb
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

A Secret Revealed: Information about potato blight evolution could help growers fight back

Scientists have discovered vital clues as to how the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine adapted to spread between different plant species.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Tim Anderson, CPA, and Daniel Packard, CPA, CFE

AG Producers and the Affordable Care Act

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Becoming a Shipper of Choice in the Transportation Marketplace

Transportation is often referred to as a “perfect market”—that is, no single party controls the entire market enough to affect rates. Instead, the market fluctuates based on supply and demand.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Can't Give it Up: IGSA Russet Aristocrat Bob Wilkins

If you’re ever driving down 17th Street in Idaho Falls, Idaho, stop by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Coming Up Together: Hunter Gibbs and Dawson Pugh of Swanquarter, N.C.

A lot of childhood friends have lofty dreams and make big plans about working together and building homes next door to each other when they grow up.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Digital Printing Opens New Possibilities

Idaho Package has been a leader in the Idaho Potato packaging industry since 1983.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Going Global

An IGSA welcome to all those who plan to attend the Idaho Grower Shippers Association’s 86th annual Sun Valley Convention!
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Ryan Bybee Chairman IGSA Board of Directors

It’s That Time Again

It is that time of year again—The time that the potato industry reflects on the last season and looks forward to the opportunities that the new crop will bring.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Psneaky Psyllids: Keep an eye out for potato psyllids

It is potato season in Idaho and plants are at the stage prone to invasion by a tiny insect known as the potato psyllid, scientifically identified as Bactericera cockerelli.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Stop Singing the Blues: Soluble solutions help reduce copper complications

Traditional copper products pose costly headaches and hassles for growers.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Blair Richardson, President & CEO, USPB

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work : The USPB and APRE: a great partnership

As I settle into writing this column, I’ve just returned from the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) board meeting.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Jerry Wright, UPGA President/CEO

The Great Revolution: Succeeding in the potato industry’s Information Age

From the Latin revolutio—turn around— a revolution is a fundamental change in structure that takes place in a relatively short period of time.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Sarah Reece and John Toaspern, U.S. Potato Board

The Road Ahead: What the future holds for U.S. potatoes in the Mexican market

At the point U.S. fresh table-stock potatoes gain full access to the Mexican market, it is very important U.S. growers and shippers understand the dynamics of the market.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Trying to Gain Weight: Truck weight reform sees new light

In our nation’s capital, an effort has been revived to reform the rules for shipping cargo on federal highways.
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August 10, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Frank Muir, IPC President

Wedded Bliss: The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck’s perfect marketing marriage

I have three married daughters whose husbands each asked me for their respective hands in marriage before they proposed.
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August 09, 2014
David Mitchell, The Packer

WPVGA Taps into Demand for Locally Grown

Retailers eager to promote Wisconsin potatoes will have some help from the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association this season.
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August 09, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Bagging, Packaging & Shipping Buyer's Guide

Ag-Pak is excited to offer the Newtec 4009XB2 combination scale.
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August 09, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Bio Huma Netics Company Welcomes Four New Hires

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN) welcomes new employees Rita Abi-Ghanem, Ph.D., as associate director of research; Johann Buck, Ph.D., as business development and regional sales manager; Scott Jackson as marketing director; and Amanda Boyd as receptionist. Eac
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August 09, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Irrometer Moves Operating Facility

After 63 years in the same location, Irrometer Company, Inc. has moved its operating facilities to an industrial complex located at 1425 Palmyrita Ave. in Riverside, Calif.
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August 09, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

Mikkelsen Appointed IPNI’s VP of Communications

Dr. Robert L. Mikkelsen has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Communications for the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI).
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August 09, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

New Products

Valley Irrigation now offers a new sprinkler application option for growers who rotate crops of varying heights.
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August 09, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue

The Healthy Truth: APRE's mission to prove potatoes' healthfulness

It’s amazing what people will believe.
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August 09, 2014| Published in the August 2014 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

They All Fall Down: When things don’t go your way, just chill.

WHEN I WAS 18, I got a job building grain bins. Lest you think this a glamorous line of work, let me assure you, it is not.
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August 08, 2014
Tom Karst

Potato Carton Requirements Change

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has changed the packing requirements for potato growers in Idaho and eastern Oregon.
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August 07, 2014
Seed Potatoes

Sunrain Varieties to Hold Idaho Open House

Sunrain Varieties LLC, known for its innovation, expertise and dedication to fresh potato seed development, announces the recent purchase of a 1,600-acre farm in the Victor-Driggs, Idaho area.
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August 07, 2014

Growing More from Less

As the world’s population continues to expand, growing more from less has never been more important. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, producing more food will largely depend on increasing crop yields, farm acreage.
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August 06, 2014
Herbicide

Idaho, Oregon See Glyphosate-Resistant Kochia

Kochia plants in eastern Oregon and western Idaho have been confirmed as being glyphosate-resistant.
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August 06, 2014
Potato Harvesting
Josie Musico

Texas Crop Out of Ground: Barrett Produce minimizes water use while growing potato crop

SPRINGLAKE, Texas — They’re out of the ground now and waiting to see an oven—well, most of them. Potatoes have reached the late stages of harvest time at Barrett Produce in Lamb and Bailey counties in Texas.
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August 05, 2014
Chelsea Mies

USPB Partners with World Food Championships

The U.S. Potato Board has signed on as a partner to the World Food Championships for the 2014 competition in downtown Las Vegas Nov. 12-18.
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August 01, 2014

Olsen to Finish Term as PAA President

University of Idaho Extension potato specialist Nora Olsen will wrap up her year as president of the Potato Association of America (PAA) this weekend in Spokane at the group’s annual meeting.
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