May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Grower of the Month
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

A Century of Success: LaJoie Growers LLC of Van Buren, Maine

LaJoie Growers LLC of Van Buren, Maine
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Frank Muir, IPC President and CEO

A Race Worth Running: The IPC is a leader in promoting healthy living

Every year the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle becomes deeper and more impactful.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Jerry Wright, UPGA President/CEO

Change is Constant: Riding the wave of progress

Abraham Lincoln was once challenged to come up with a saying that could be applied to any situation.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Nora Olsen, UI extension potato specialist, and Ph

Coming and Going: Farewell to old colleagues and hello to new ones

Last month we read in this space as Phil Nolte bid adieu to his post as technical editor and organizer of the University of Idaho column for the Potato Grower.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Luck Favors the Prepared: Looking back on the Phil Nolte's impact

Sitting in a booth in Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant in Idaho Falls, Idaho, I can’t help but smile as I listen to Dr. Phil Nolte reminisce about his career in the potato industry.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Neonics Not the Villain: Study says neonicotinoids not to blame for bee declines

Colony declines are a major threat to the world’s honey bees, as well as the many wild plants and crops the bees pollinate.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Pesticides Buyer's Guide

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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Dan Lake, President

Strengthening the Industry: NPC's focus is grower success, consumer satisfaction

As NPC president, I am eager to build upon the great strides we have taken in recent years and to do my best to leave NPC in an even stronger position.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Blair Richardson, President & CEO, USPB

Vote for Confidence: Salad Bar Challenge unanimously supported by Board

After nearly three months of widespread industry discussion, input and questions, the full membership of the United States Potato Board (USPB) unanimously supported the use of up to $900,000 in USPB reserve funds to match salad bars donated by the industr
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

AGCO Names Raven Strategic Partner

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure, and Raven Industries announce an enhanced supplier relationship.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Bayer Sponsors Honey Bee Forage Program

To help address the pre- and post-bloom food challenge for bees migrating to the vast almond orchards of California’s Central Valley each year, Bayer CropScience is giving $100,000 to Project Apis m., a nonprofit organization dedicated to better bee healt
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Fighting on a Fundamental Level: Battling the Colorado potato beetle with RNA

Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Intralox Opens Center for Food Safety Excellence

Intralox announces the opening of its Center of Excellence For Food Safety and Hygiene in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Iowa State Develops Pesticide Recording App

The Pesticide Safety Education Program at Iowa State worked on the Pesticide and Field Records app for iOS and Android systems with funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the EPA.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

LinkFresh CEO Relocates

LinkFresh, a leading provider of supply chain ERP solutions designed specifically for the fresh food industry, announces the relocation of group CEO Robert Frost to the company’s California office in a move that further supports the organization’s long-te
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
New Products

New Products: Latest and Greatest

Landerson Equipment has two new trailers designed to make time-consuming equipment moving easier and quicker.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Nufarm Appoints North America GM

Nufarm announces that Brendan Deck has been asked to move into the role of regional general manager for Nufarm North America.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Orlando Named President of Bridgestone Agricultural Tire

Bridgestone Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales announces Tony M. Orlando has been appointed to lead agricultural tire operations.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue

Root Demand Irrigation Accepts AE50 Award

Root Demand Irrigation (RDI) recently accepted one of 50 awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) for the development of its subsurface irrigation product.
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May 30, 2015| Published in the May 2015 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

We're All Losers: Just rub some dirt on it

The beginning of May is a magical time of year.
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May 30, 2015

BASF Sponsors Space Farming Research

Is it possible to produce large quantities of high quality vegetables on a space station, about 200 miles above the earth?
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May 29, 2015
Herbicide

Geography a Strong Indicator of Weed Diversity

A new journal article describes a large-scale study analyzing the effects of glyphosate-resistant crops on the diversity of agricultural weeds.
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May 29, 2015
Fungicide

Steps Taken Toward Global Attack on Blight

European researchers and companies concerned with phytophthora will work more closely with parties in other parts of the world.
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May 28, 2015

Peru is Potato-Producing Powerhouse

Cuchi pelo. Llunchuy. Puma maky. Yawar. These foreign and exotic names are names of native potatoes that will soon be appearing on the tables of Peruvian households.
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May 28, 2015

Scholarship Targets Ag Students

The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is offering $2,500 scholarships, available to students attending an agriculture-related program at a post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. during the 2015-16 school year.
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May 27, 2015
Insecticide

Bayer Welcomes National Pollinator Strategy: “A balanced and multi-faceted approach to enhancing health of pollinators”

Bayer CropScience on May 19 welcomed the release of the president’s Pollinator Task Force’s National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.
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May 26, 2015

Ad Shows “Hope in Healthy Soil”

After watching a new YouTube ad, NRCS hopes viewers will embrace soil with newfound respect and admiration. Healthy soil, the ad suggests, could provide solutions to some of our planet’s biggest challenges.
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May 26, 2015
Fungicide
Dennis Johnson

Source of Late Blight Epidemics

The late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, survives in infected potato tubers, which potentially represents an inoculum source the following season.
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May 22, 2015
Insecticide
Lacy Gray, Washington Ag Today

WSPC Aids in Pest Monitoring

The Washington State Potato Commission is providing growers with free yellow sticky cards for beet leafhopper and potato psyllid monitoring.
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May 21, 2015
Kayleigh Csaszar

Idaho Short on Large Russets

While potatoes from last season are still plentiful in the market and there is no issue with supply, large-sized russet potatoes will be short in Idaho until a new crop comes in.
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May 21, 2015

Research Agronomist Position Open in Manitoba

Manitoba Horticultural Productivity Enhancement Centre is currently looking for an applied potato research agronomist to lead industry-driven research strategy.
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May 19, 2015
Fertilizer, Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide
AJ Taylor

USD Releases 2014 Corn, Potato Chemical Use Data

NASS has published the 2014 Agricultural Chemical Use survey data for corn and fall potatoes.
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May 18, 2015
Fungicide
Noah Rosenzweig, Willie Kirk and Lee Duynslager, Michigan State University; Phill Wharton, Universit

Potential Survival of Michigan Potato Volunteers

The Late Bight Risk Forecasting website, used for estimating potential survival of potato volunteers in Michigan, is now available for 2015 risk estimation.
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May 16, 2015
Potato Harvesting
Jason Wheeler

Florida Grower Sends Crop to Market

Matt Seay is one of a handful of farmers in Flagler County who provide more than 4,000 jobs.
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May 15, 2015
New Products

Wyma Introduces Bin & Bag Tipper

The new Wyma bin and bag tipper gently tips fresh produce stored in bags, bins or boxes too heavy for manual unloading.
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May 15, 2015
Potato Harvesting
Jen Lynds, Bangor Daily News

Maine Law to Lower Growers’ Employment Costs

Potato industry officials in Maine said that a new seasonal designation rendered by the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission is going to help lower costs for growers who hire seasonal help.
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May 14, 2015
Andy Nelson

RPE Names Sales Director

Potato and onion grower-shipper RPE Inc. has named Dave Phillips its new director of foodservice sales.
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May 13, 2015
Kelly Marshall

FAA Announces UAS Development Program

The FAA announced May 6 new partnerships with industries, including agriculture, to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations.
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May 12, 2015

Five Steps to Meet Conservation Compliance

To be eligible to receive many USDA benefits, you must comply with requirements for highly erodible lands and wetlands.
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May 12, 2015

WPVGA Awarded Grant

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association was awarded of a Buy Local Buy Wisconsin grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.
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May 11, 2015
Irrigation

Western Snowpack Melts Early

West-wide snowpack has mostly melted, according to data from the fifth 2015 forecast by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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May 10, 2015
Julienne Isaacs

Manitoba Potato Acreage Steady : Demand for processing potatoes stable to slightly up in North America

It’s too early to make definitive statements about potato acreage in Manitoba in 2015, but it may go up slightly.
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May 10, 2015
Fertilizer

Growmark Provides Fertilizer Update

Lower crop prices and a later harvest caused farmers to cut back some on fall fertilizer application last year, but supplies are expected to be adequate this spring to meet demand.
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May 09, 2015
Kathleen Thomas Gaspar

Maverick Potato to be Organic Certified

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May 08, 2015
Event Calendar, Herbicide

Weed Tour to be Held at Malheur Experiment Station

The 2015 Malheur Weed Tour will be held June 11 at the Malheur Experiment Station in Ontario, Ore.
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May 07, 2015

NPC Accepting Scholarship Applications : Applications for graduate students accepted May 1 through June 30

The National Potato Council (NPC) is now accepting applications for a $10,000 graduate-level scholarship to be applied toward the 2015-2016 academic year.
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May 07, 2015

Big Business's Obligation to Deliver GMO Truth: Coca-Cola CEO applauds National Center’s work to bring sound science to GMO debate

At last week’s annual meeting of Coca-Cola shareholders in Atlanta, the National Center for Public Policy Research urged the beverage giant to do more to promote the safety and benefit of GMOs.
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May 06, 2015

Evaluation of GE Potato Open to Public

USDA moved another variety of genetically engineered potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company forward in its approval process, the agency announced May 1.
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May 05, 2015
Event Calendar, Insecticide

Free Zebra Chip Webinar Set for May 7

The USDA Office of Pest Management Policy and the American Phytopathological Society are hosting a free zebra chip webinar May 7.
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May 05, 2015

mRNA Mobility Provides Opportunities

Scientists have made a discovery that will change the way researchers view mRNA and could potentially aid the development of more efficient crop plants.
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May 04, 2015
Keith Ridler, The Associated Press

Idaho Growers Sue Feds, State Over PCN

A group of 10 eastern Idaho potato growers and a shipper have filed a lawsuit seeking to end a quarantine and field testing imposed by state and federal authorities after the discovery of a microscopic pest that led some countries to ban Idaho potatoes.
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May 04, 2015
Kim Kaplan, Agricultural Research Service

Bacteria Help Bee Larvae Thrive: P. apium increases larva survival rate

While researchers have been aware for a number of years of a community of bacteria in adult bees that may aid with some of these stresses, ARS researchers have identified the first bacteria that offer a benefit to bee larvae.
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