February 29, 2016
Mike Hornick

Alsum Farms Aids Water Crisis Victims

Alsum Farms is donating 40,000 pounds of potatoes as part of an effort to help Flint, Mich., residents impacted by water contamination.
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February 29, 2016
Fungicide, Seed Potatoes
Anthony Brino

Maine Seed Growers Fight New Bacteria

The Dickeya bacterium is bringing back an older potato disease and threatening the reputation of Maine seed potatoes.
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February 25, 2016

Abi-Ghanem to Chair Women In Science Committee

Rita Abi-Ghanem, senior director of research and Development at Bio Huma Netics, has been selected as chair-elect for 2016 and chair for 2017 of the Women in Science Committee of the Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies.
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February 25, 2016
Fertilizer

Bio Huma Netics Promotes Smith

Justin Smith has been named executive vice president of Huma Gro sales at Bio Huma Netics.
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February 25, 2016
Fertilizer
Lynnette Hintze

Mont. County Mulls Farm Road Weight Limit

Flathead County commissioners remain undecided on a weight limit for loads of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer going to growers.
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February 23, 2016

Proposal Would Create Federal Preemption for Labeling

A legislative proposal by Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts would create permanent federal preemption for food labeling requirements.
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February 23, 2016
Seed Potatoes
Pat Martel

Smilin’ Eyes Irish Gold Grown in P.E.I.

A Prince Edward Island potato grower is hoping a new variety with distinctive pink markings will be a hit.
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February 22, 2016
Fertilizer, Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide
Larry Meyer

Biotic Techniques Help Growers

Rather than calling it organic farming, which requires miles of red tape, Brendon Rockey prefers to call his technique biotic farming.
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February 22, 2016

Potato Nutrients Benefit Kids’ Health

Potatoes tend to be well-liked by kids and can be a good source of potassium and dietary fiber for children aged one to three years, a study has found.
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February 18, 2016
Jen Lynds, Bangor Daily News

Reds Experiencing Rise in Sales

While potato industry officials say 2015 was a slower year for sales of fresh Maine potatoes, one segment did buck the trend—red potatoes.
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February 18, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
John Toaspern, USPB International Marketing VP

Fighting Back: Potato exports rebounding after tough year

This past marketing year was a difficult one for U.S. potato exports, especially frozen products.
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February 18, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord: Yukon Gem

This month in “The Smorgasbord,” we’ll take a look at the Yukon Gem, which is being dubbed as simply “a better yellow.”
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February 16, 2016
Dr. Maureen Storey

Paper Identifies Needs for Nutrition Guidelines

Looking at how transitional and vegetable feeding recommendations have evolved over time reveals a pathway to developing future feeding guidance and policy for young children.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Big Idea : Colorado's Water Plan

There was no water.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Maureen Storey, President and CEO, Alliance for Potato Research and Education

Finally Here: After delays, 2015 Dietary Guidelines arrive

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) on Jan. 7.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Nina Zidack Director

Growing it Out: Future options for U.S. post-harvest grow-outs

As this column goes to press, Montana will have just released the results of the post-harvest grow-out and testing for our 2015 crop.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue

Heating Up: Photosynthesis process has altered in last 100 years

Researchers at Sweden’s Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have discovered that increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere have shifted photosynthetic metabolism in plants over the 20th century in into the
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Joseph T. Reilly, Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Keeping Track: NASS keeps ag statistics current

The past 12 months made for an eventful year in the world of agricultural statistics.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Robert Mikkelsen, Vice President of Communications, International Plant Nutrition Institute

Making Up the Difference: Phosphorus management for potatoes

Potatoes are the most important root and tuber crop for humans in the world and are a significant economic crop for many farmers.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Our Guys: Not just anybody

My sisters still make fun of me for it, but I don’t care.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Melanie Wickham Manager & Executive Director

Resistance is Golden: Golden nematode research and management program

Golden nematode was first discovered in New York State in 1941 and has been successfully confined within New York as the result of a coordinated multi-institutional team approach that includes contributions from USDA’S Agricultural Research Service (ARS),
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Lee Hadwiger, Plant Pathologist, Washington State University

Rising to the Task: Wild yeast a potential bio-control against late blight

The May-June 2015 issue of the American Journal of Potato Research (Vol. 92:379.) contained an article entitled “Wild Yeast Strains as Prospective Candidates to Induce Resistance against Potato Late Blight.”
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Grower of the Month
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Savvy : Heartland Farms of Hancock, Wis.

Heartland Farms of Hancock, Wis.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue

Stress Reliever: Abiotic stress steals yield before you see it.

Even when everything is right—the optimum seedbed, nutrients and crop protection—yields can still fall short of expectations if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Jerry Wright, UPGA President/CEO

The Curious World of Retail Grocery: The view from the other end of the line

Fred manages produce sales for a large grocery chain.
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February 13, 2016| Published in the February 2016 issue
Cindy Snyder

Troubled Waters: Waters of the U.S. rule proving worrisome to growers

A rule intended to clarify the federal Clean Water Act appears to have instead muddied the waters.
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February 13, 2016
Seed Potatoes

New Canadian Varieties Introduced

Bright pink and purple are hot new fashion colors for Canadian potatoes this spring.
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February 12, 2016

Pass the Potassium

A recent survey conducted by the Idaho Potato Commission revealed that consumers aren’t aware that potatoes are a potassium-rich food.
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February 10, 2016
Andy Nelson

Grower-Shippers Elected to Wisconsin Hall of Fame

Two grower-shippers have been elected to the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Hall of Fame.
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February 09, 2016

Red Potato Usage to Spike in March

While the color green may be synonymous with the holiday, red potatoes are already part of many people’s St. Patrick’s Day feast.
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February 08, 2016
Herbicide, New Products

Willowood Gets EPA Registration for New Herbicide

The EPA has approved Willowood USA’s Mesotrione 4SC product.
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February 08, 2016
Seed Potatoes
Anthony Brino

Caribou Russet Garners Interest

The Maine Potato Board voted to discuss an international licensing arrangement for Caribou Russet with McCain Foods.
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February 04, 2016
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Savvy: Heartland Farms of Hancock, Wis.

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February 03, 2016
Event Calendar, Irrigation

Idaho Water Crisis Spawns Collaboration: Public symposium to be held Feb. 22 in Idaho Falls

The Recharge Development Corporation is organizing a symposium for all interested individuals and entities to discuss the alternative method to meet water needs across the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
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February 03, 2016
Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide
Susan Durham

Laser-Guided Crop Sprayer

A team of Agricultural Research Service and university scientists has developed a new laser-guided spraying system that controls spray outputs to match very specific targets.
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February 02, 2016
Insecticide
Luke Ramseth

Officials: Methyl Bromide Caused Crop Contamination

A pesticide used by the USDA to kill a rare potato pest has turned out to have nasty side effects for several eastern Idaho growers, officials said this week.
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February 01, 2016
Fertilizer

Technology Turns Potato Waste into Fertilizer

Scientists in China have developed a way of making fertilizer from wastewater discharged by potato processing plants, solving a pollution problem that has held back the country’s potato ambitions.
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February 01, 2016
Event Calendar, Potato Equipment, Potato Storage, Seed Potatoes
Rob Monteleone

Washington-Oregon Potato Conference a Success

Over 200 potato growers, equipment dealers and other vendors gathered in Kennewick, Wash., for the 2016 Washington-Oregon Potato Conference.
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