March 31, 2017
Mike McGinnis

Senate Ag Committee Approves Perdue: Nomination now moves to full Senate

Nomination now moves to full Senate
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March 31, 2017
Irrigation, New Products

Valley ICON eBook Available

The ICON eBook helps growers determine which ICON panel is best for their respective operations.
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March 31, 2017
Herbicide

Getting the Most: Optimizing organic crop production and weed control

Optimizing organic crop production and weed control
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March 31, 2017
Fertilizer

Treatment Method Turns Sewage into Safe Fertilizer

Researchers have developed an energy-efficient, low-cost method for removing heavy metals from biosolids.
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March 30, 2017
Irrigation

Dealers Comment on Valley’s Smart Panels

Valley dealers are getting growers more acquainted with the company’s new ICON smart panels.
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March 30, 2017
AP

Potatoes First on Martian Menu?

Scientists in Peru have used a simulator that mimics the harsh conditions on the Red Planet to successfully grow a potato plant.
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March 30, 2017
Fungicide, Seed Potatoes
Nora Olsen & Jeff Miller

Open Wounds : Variety susceptibility to Fusarium dry rot and how to manage seed decay

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March 29, 2017
Top Five

Top 5: Goings-on in D.C.

We’ve put together a list of things going on in Washington for folks in the potato industry to keep an eye on in the coming months.
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March 29, 2017
Fungicide, Insecticide
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

It All Adds Up: Bayer’s V+M solution provides season-long nematode control

Bayer’s V+M solution provides season-long nematode control
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March 29, 2017
Grower of the Month
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Locally Grown: Colorado family provides farm-to-fork goodness

Colorado family provides farm-to-fork goodness
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March 28, 2017
Fungicide, Potato Storage
Rick D. Peters

Not Tickled Pink: Managing fungicide-resistant strains of the pink rot pathogen

Managing fungicide-resistant strains of the pink rot pathogen
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March 28, 2017
Insecticide
Kay Ledbetter

Neonicotinoids Losing Efficacy vs. Psyllids?: Texas study shows biological control may help

The potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against psyllids, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.
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March 28, 2017
Herbicide, New Products

Herbicide Buyers' Guide

Check out our 2017 herbicide lineup.
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March 28, 2017
Herbicide

Old News: Herbicide resistance predates GMOs by decades

Herbicide resistance predates GMOs by decades.
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March 27, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord: Mountain Gem Russet

Let’s take a closer look at Mountain Gem Russet—a long, medium to late maturity, fresh market or early process russet.
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March 27, 2017
Tom Karst

United Potato Growers Settles Lawsuit

Associated Wholesale Grocers and potato industry defendants have resolved a lawsuit alleging price fixing by the United Potato Growers of America.
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March 27, 2017
Fertilizer
Matt Hopkins

Nutrients for Life Foundation: 10 Years in Classrooms

The Nutrients for Life Foundation provides teachers with free science-based resources that meet national and state teaching standards.
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March 25, 2017
Ryan Holterhoff, Washington State Potato Commission

TV Show Showcases Washington Ag

Over the past few years, a collaboration of farm groups from Washington has united to help connect Washingtonians with the farmers and ranchers who are found throughout every region of the state.
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March 25, 2017
Seed Potatoes
Fred Springborn and Monica Jean

Planting Disease-free Seed : Selecting and planting clean, disease-free potato seed pieces is an important first step to assuring a successful potato crop, no matter the size of y

Selecting and planting clean, disease-free potato seed pieces is an important first step to assuring a successful potato crop, no matter the size of your acreage.
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March 24, 2017

Michigan Growers Approve Continuation of Commission

Michigan's potato growers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.
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March 24, 2017
Carmen Grau

Guardians of the Andean Potato

Potato-growing tradition is preserved in the Andes while, in Lima, science is joining forces with it in the fight against climate change.
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March 24, 2017
Fertilizer

Yara Adds New Facility

Yara’s terminal in West Sacramento, Calif., was officially welcomed Tuesday as Yara North America’s newest U.S. facility.
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March 24, 2017

Paper Touts Importance of Plant Breeding, Genetics

A new paper focuses on the importance of innovation in plant breeding to meet the challenge of providing food and nutritional security to humankind.
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March 24, 2017
Fertilizer

Cool Planet Gets Funding for Products

Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products.
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March 23, 2017
Potato Equipment

AGCO Names Suppliers of Year

AGCO presented eight supplier awards during its fourth annual AGCO North America Supplier Day.
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March 23, 2017

Syngenta Offers Scholarships: $20,000 in total awards available to students who embrace diversity in ag

$20,000 in total awards available to students who embrace diversity in ag
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March 23, 2017
Julie Blum

Chips Get Start at CSS Farms

Millions of pounds of white chipping potatoes for Frito-Lay are produced annually at CSS Farms.
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March 22, 2017
Fertilizer

Anuvia Adds Staff

Anuvia Plant Nutrients recently named Chuck Barber and Josh Long to its expanding team of professionals.
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March 22, 2017
Jonathan Knutson

Red River Valley Growers Want Salad Bars in Local Schools

The U.S. potato industry has worked for years to get kids to eat more potatoes and other vegetables.
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March 22, 2017
Fertilizer
Aimee Cope

Phosphorus’s Role in Starter Fertilizer: Test plots study differences between in-furrow orthophosphate, polyphosphate fertilizers

Test plots study differences between in-furrow orthophosphate, polyphosphate fertilizers.
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March 22, 2017
Irrigation, New Products

Valley to Distribute Trimble Irrigation Solution

Valley will become the exclusive OEM distributor of Trimble’s Irrigate-IQ precision irrigation solution.
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March 21, 2017
Liz Wagner

Drone Tech Intrigues Northeast Growers

Potato growers are usually a well-grounded bunch, but they took flight during the annual Eastern Pennsylvania Potato Day.
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March 21, 2017
Irrigation
Todd Richmond

Wisconsin Conservationists, Growers Clash

The Wisconsin Senate’s top Republican tried to persuade his colleagues last week to pass a measure that would relax high-capacity well regulations.
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March 20, 2017

GM Potatoes to Be Planted in Canada: Simplot’s Innate potatoes could claim acreage in Canada in 2017

Simplot’s Innate potatoes could claim acreage in Canada in 2017.
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March 16, 2017
Fertilizer
Sonja Begemann

Fertilizer Prices Rising

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March 16, 2017
Trang Dau

Professor Advocates for GMO Crops

Sarah Davidson Evanega, a professor of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell, is assured of GMOs' safety and maintains that they could play an important role in fighting global food insecurity.
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March 15, 2017
Christina Lords

The Rise of Spuddy Buddy

In 1983, a cartoon-style potato character, complete with resplendent cowboy hat and red neckerchief, was born to drum up interest in Idaho's most famous commodity.
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March 14, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord: Saginaw Chipper

Saginaw Chipper is a chip-processing variety developed by Michigan State University and MSU AgBioResearch.
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March 14, 2017
Irrigation, New Products

Nelson Tan Bubble-Wide Sprinkler Plate

The Tan Bubble-Wide plate is now available for low-energy precision applications in the 6 to 10 PSI range.
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March 14, 2017
Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide

Hawaii Pesticide Disclosure Bill Nixed: House rejects law requiring advance notice for spraying in certain areas

The bill that would require chemical companies to give notice before spraying restricted-use pesticides around sensitive areas died on the Hawaii House floor late last week.
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March 13, 2017
Event Calendar

Ag World Hosts Charity Golf Tournament

Potato growers and allied industry partners are invited to participate in the fourth annual Ag World Golf Classic on June 14.
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March 13, 2017
Fertilizer

Soil Test May Not Be as Advertised

Researchers question the merits of the Haney Test.
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March 13, 2017
Anthony Brino

Governor’s Remarks Puzzle Industry Experts

While Maine governor Paul LePage’s remarks at a town hall event last week included a puzzling claim about wasted Maine potatoes, some of his concerns about energy costs are shared in the industry.
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March 09, 2017
Fertilizer, New Products

Engineered Biocarbon Product Impresses in Trials: Results accelerate commercialization of engineered biocarbon platform

Cool Terra by Cool Planet delivers promising yield increases.
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March 09, 2017

Indicators Show Potatoes Can Grow on Mars

The International Potato Center recently launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions.
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March 09, 2017
New Products, Potato Equipment

Kuhn Krause CCX 9000 Cover Crop Seeder

The Kuhn Krause CCX 9000 cover crop seeder gives growers the ability to establish a cover crop while performing vertical tillage.
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March 08, 2017
Grower of the Month

The Lifer: Eric Sutton of Rexburg, Idaho

Eric Sutton of Rexburg, Idaho
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March 08, 2017

Wilbur-Ellis Acquires Minnesota Agribusiness

Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness, a leader in precision agriculture technology and the distribution and marketing of plant protection, seed and nutritional products, announced last week it had acquired the assets of Innovative Seed and Consulting, LLC, a full-se
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March 08, 2017
Fertilizer, New Products
Gloria Hafemeister

Soil Test Provides Important Information

The Haney Test is an integrated approach to soil testing using chemical and biological soil test data. It is designed to mimic nature’s approach to soil nutrient availability.
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March 08, 2017

Accessing Agriculture’s ‘Big Data’

Modern farming practices are accumulating massive amounts of data—also referred to as “big data.” How might big data be managed?
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March 07, 2017
Seed Potatoes
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada Releases 15 New Varieties: Genomic tools are increasingly used to identify favorable traits and speed up the breeding process.

Genomic tools are increasingly used to identify favorable traits and speed up the breeding process.
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March 07, 2017
Fertilizer
Pat Powers

Nitrogen Proves Healthy for Soil

Applying nitrogen fertilizer at certain levels to various crops helps maintain carbon in the soil.
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March 07, 2017
Potato Storage
Duane Gorman

Proper Storage Preparation is Key

A wide variety of field and environmental factors often contribute to tubers entering storage in less than ideal condition.
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March 07, 2017
Candace Krebs

Soil Health Advocate Pushes New Approach

Even as the process of writing a new farm bill begins, some growers are dropping out of the farm program entirely.
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March 04, 2017

Potato Industry Leadership Institute Trains Young Leaders

The 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute provided training to 22 potato growers and industry representatives in leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication.
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March 03, 2017
Top Five
Matt Duffy

Top 5: Keeping the Farm in the Family: Tips for the next generation

To ensure the family farm is operated carefully and efficiently, follow these five steps to keep your business future moving forward at all times.
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March 03, 2017
Seed Potatoes
Tori Cooper

Columbia Basin Growers Warned Against Planting Too Early

While the calendar may be telling growers it’s time to plant vegetables across the Columbia Basin, Mother Nature is telling one potato researcher otherwise.
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March 03, 2017
Rossie Izlar

Investigating a Cover Crop Carpet

Organic farming relies heavily on tillageto kill weeds and prepare for planting. But intense tillage can cause other problems, so some organic growers are turning to cover crops for weed control.
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March 03, 2017
Irrigation

Reinke Honors Rain for Rent

Reinke has recognized Rain for Rent as one of its 10 highest-selling dealerships throughout the U.S. and Canada, in acknowledgment of the company’s marketing year success.
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March 02, 2017

WPVGA Elects Board Officers

The board of directors of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association has elected Eric Schroeder as its president for 2017.
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March 02, 2017
Fertilizer, Fungicide, Herbicide, New Products

AGCO Revamps Sprayparts.com

AGCO Parts has redesigned Sprayparts.com, making online ordering of sprayer parts faster and easier as customers prepare for the application and growing season.
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March 02, 2017
Irrigation
Dan Hansen

Understanding Wisconsin Water Issues

An adequate supply of water is critical for potato growers, who regularly need to irrigate their crops.
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March 01, 2017
New Products, Potato Storage, Seed Potatoes
Keith Ridler, Associated Press

Three GM Varieties Approved

Approval by the EPA and FDA gives J.R. Simplot Co. permission to plant the second generation of its Innate potatoes this spring and sell them in the fall.
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March 01, 2017

Potatoes USA Gets New Digital Asset Management

Potatoes USA has selected the Widen Collective for its digital asset management needs.
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March 01, 2017
Fertilizer, New Products

Fertilizer Buyers' Guide

Buyers' Guide: Fertilizers and Growth Promoters
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March 01, 2017
Seed Potatoes
Mike Telford, United Potato Growers of America Seed Division

Uncertainty for Seed Growers

Though U.S. seed growers are still unsure of where their seed will end up in 2017, there's no need to panic.
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March 01, 2017

Nebraska Farm Numbers Fall

Nebraska’s number of farms and ranches declined in 2016, but those farms continue to grow.
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March 01, 2017
Potato Storage, Seed Potatoes
Nora Olsen & Mary Jo Frazier, University of Idaho

A Higher Standard: Cleaning storages for incoming seed

Cleaning storages for incoming seed
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