April 25, 2017
Eli Francovich

Growing Potatoes Involves High-Stakes Investment

Successful farming isn't as simple as it used to be. Growers in Washington State illustrate that point.
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April 25, 2017
Doreen McCallister

Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

Several Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as the newest secretary of agriculture.
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April 25, 2017
Potato Storage
AP

N.D. Potato Stocks Down from 2016

Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 22 percent from a year ago.
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April 25, 2017
New Products

New Product: Mesa 2 Tablet with Android OS

Juniper Systems announces the release of its Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet with Android 5.1.
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April 24, 2017
Chuck Abbott

Searching for Farm Policy Clues from Trump

With few Trump appointees in place at the USDA, farm groups are finding it harder than usual to discern the new administration’s plans for agriculture.
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April 24, 2017
Eli Francovich

Washington Growers Set Up to Overcome Challenges

The potato industry has weathered storms in the past, and is positioned to do so well into the future.
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April 24, 2017
New Products, Potato Equipment

New Product: AVR Ceres 450 Combined Planter

AVR announces the launch of the trailed Ceres 450 combined potato planter, a four-row trailed planter.
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April 21, 2017

Haith Group Announces New Alliances

The Haith Group has announced two new powerful alliances with highly respected industry specialists.
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April 21, 2017
Fertilizer, Herbicide, Insecticide, Seed Potatoes
Jim Isleib, Michigan State University Extension

Overcoming Low Farm Commodity Prices: Here are a few ideas from the crop side to save money due to low farm commodity prices.

Here are a few ideas from the crop side to save money due to low farm commodity prices.
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April 21, 2017
New Products

New Product: FarmFocus with Grower Profile

Farm Market iD announced this week its newest online product release, FarmFocus with Grower Profile.
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April 20, 2017
New Products, Potato Equipment

New Product: Mirus Field Applicator Plug-in

HarvestMaster’s Mirus Field Applicator plug-in eliminates the need for bulky, confusing toggle switch boxes.
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April 20, 2017
New Products

New Products: Heat Holders Socks and Thermals

Heat Holders thermal socks are thick and chunky, made from a specially developed heavy bulk yarn with extreme thermal qualities.
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April 20, 2017
Fertilizer

Tiger-Sul Hires U.S./Canada Sales Manager: Christopher Rowe brings more than 30 years of industry experience to Tiger-Sul Products.

Christopher Rowe brings more than 30 years of industry experience to Tiger-Sul Products.
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April 19, 2017
Insecticide

Efforts to Eradicate Idaho Nematodes Succeeding

Federal officials say progress is being made in eradicating potato cyst nematodes in Idaho.
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April 19, 2017

2016 Retail Year in Review

2016 provided a lot of new information for the retail sector of the potato industry.
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April 19, 2017
New Products

Sentera Beta for Field-Edge Plant Population Analysis: Obtaining crop emergence data faster, more definitively

Obtaining crop emergence data faster, more definitively
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April 19, 2017
Fertilizer, New Products

Splitting N Applications Improves Efficiency: Proper management of split applications provides nitrogen when plants need it most

Proper management of split applications provides nitrogen when plants need it most
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April 19, 2017
New Products, Potato Equipment

New Product: Kubota M6S-111

The M6S-111 tractor is designed for the small to mid-sized producer who values “big tractor” luxuries and features
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April 18, 2017
Fertilizer, Irrigation, New Products

New Product: SureFire Marksman Pumps

All Marksman models utilize an electromagnetic flow meter to measure flow rate of fertilizer or water/chemical mixture.
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April 18, 2017
Christian Rice

Drone Operators Warned to Avoid Larger Aircraft : When flying a UAV this summer, do everything you can to avoid agricultural aircraft.

When flying a UAV this summer, do everything you can to avoid agricultural aircraft.
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April 18, 2017
Irrigation

Wisconsin: April Showers Dampen Progress

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April 18, 2017
Fertilizer
Larry Cooper

BHN, Mesa Verde Resources Form Strategic Alliance

Bio Huma Netics, Inc. recently formed an alliance with Reid Enterprises.
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April 17, 2017
Jim Offner

APRE: Potatoes Belong in Healthy Diets

Potato marketers long have said their product has been saddled with a bad health rap, but new research seems to be changing that scenario.
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April 15, 2017
Herbicide, New Products

UPI Launches Two New Herbicides

United Phosphorus Inc. has launched two new herbicides in the U.S.
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April 14, 2017
Tom Karst

NPC Outlines NAFTA Priorities

The National Potato Council has given the Trump administration recommendations to improve potato exports to Mexico and Canada.
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April 14, 2017
Insecticide
Kay Ledbetter

Psyllid Survey Team Aids Texas Producers

Adult potato psyllids are testing positive for Lso in South Texas. That’s all potato growers need to know to start planning their attack.
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April 14, 2017

#RootedinAg Contest Accepting Entries

Syngenta's #RootedinAg contest asks participants to describe how someone in their lives has helped them establish their agricultural roots and thrive in the industry.
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April 14, 2017
New Products, Potato Equipment

Planet, FarmShots Offer Free Trial to John Deere Operations Center Users

Planet and FarmShots have collaborated to provide John Deere Operations Center users access to Planet’s global imaging capacity.
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April 13, 2017
Seed Potatoes

N.D. Potato Acreage Could Dip

The number of potato acres that will be planted in North Dakota in 2017 is more difficult to project than in most years.
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April 12, 2017
Irrigation, New Products

Valley’s Smart Panel Simplifies Irrigation: ICONX proves affordable and convenient with various pivots

ICONX proves affordable and convenient with various pivots
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April 12, 2017

NPC Makes NAFTA Suggestions

The National Potato Council provided specific recommendations on how the Trump administration can improve the terms of trade for potato exports under NAFTA.
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April 12, 2017
Irrigation

The Benefits of Irrigation Management

Irrigation management and scheduling provide growers an important tool to match irrigation to the crop’s water needs.
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April 11, 2017
New Products, Potato Equipment

Sentera Expands Dealer Network

Sentera announces the availability of its precision agriculture solutions at over 350 retail locations across North America.
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April 11, 2017

‘Agronomy Feeds the World’ Videos Created

Agronomy is the study of crop and soil science—important in delivering food from farm to table. But most people don’t know the word.
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April 11, 2017
Brad Buck

Flavor Trumps Nutrients for Produce Consumers

Consumers want produce that tickles their taste buds and is easy on the eye, but they think quality fruits and vegetables are a matter of luck.
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April 10, 2017
Fertilizer, New Products

Starter Fertilizer Proves Key

There are reasons to plant early, but there are also challenges associated with early planting.
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April 10, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Top Five

Top 10: Answering Consumers' GMO Questions

With genetic technology becoming increasingly mainstream, it’s not uncommon for growers to get questions from consumers about these crops.
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April 10, 2017
Insecticide, Top Five

Top 5 Beneficial Insects

Some insects can have favorable effects and even be valuable allies through the growing season.
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April 10, 2017
Event Calendar
Paul Rusnak

Florida Potato Field Day Set

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will host its annual Potato Field Day on April 27.
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April 10, 2017
Mark Niu

Idaho Looks to Bolster China Trade

Idaho is one of the smallest U.S. states by population, but does big trade with China, the state’s fourth-largest export market.
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April 08, 2017

Potatoes USA Enlists Renowned Chef

To inspire chefs to put more potatoes on the menu, Potatoes USA has partnered with Chef’s Roll, a leading resource for chefs and restaurant professionals.
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April 07, 2017
Kathleen Thomas Gaspar

Colorado Potato Veteran Dies: Verlin Rockey remembered as pioneer in soil science, variety development

Verlin Rockey remembered as pioneer in soil science, variety development
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April 07, 2017
Herbicide
Chris Branam

Prickly Problem: Russian thistle populations in northeastern Oregon resist glyphosate

Russian thistle populations in northeastern Oregon resist glyphosate
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April 07, 2017
Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide

Washington Pesticide Collection Coming

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is holding a pair of pesticide collection events in May. Deadline to sign up is April 12.
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April 07, 2017
Insecticide

Velum One Nematicide Gets New Registrations: Wide-spectrum nematicide now available in California and Arizona

Wide-spectrum nematicide now available in California and Arizona
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April 07, 2017
Fertilizer, Herbicide

Nufarm Facility: Five Years Injury-free

Jan. 25, 2017, marked five years of continuous operation without a lost-time injury at Nufarm's Chicago Heights facility.
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April 06, 2017

Rural, Ag Groups Oppose Privatization of Air Traffic Control

Several rural and agricultural interest groups released a joint letter to today, urging Congress to oppose privatization of the U.S.’s air traffic control system.
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April 06, 2017
Fertilizer, New Products

Tiger 90CR Sulfur

Specifically formulated Tiger 90CR sulfur fertilizer is designed to quickly degrade, disperse and convert to sulfate throughout the growing season.
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April 06, 2017
Top Five
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Top 5: Reasons to Adopt UAS Technology

In this age of precision technology and mass data consumption, unmanned aerial systems—drones—seem to be the next unstoppable wave in production agriculture.
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April 06, 2017
Fertilizer, Irrigation

Tips for Cleaning Fertilizer Injectors: Reduce the potential for clogs and other issues by properly maintaining this equipment.

Reduce the potential for clogs and other issues by properly maintaining this equipment.
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April 06, 2017
Insecticide
Stuart Tomlinson

Oregon Considers Restricting Neonics

Oregon’s state legislature is considering restricting the use of a major class of pesticides, and honey bee advocates are pushing to get it passed.
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April 06, 2017
Fertilizer, Irrigation
Tracy Hmielowski

Capturing Excess Nutrients from Waterways

Fertilizers applied to farm fields, golf courses, and residential landscaping to benefit plants do not always stay in place.
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April 06, 2017
Scott Miller

Software Developed to Track Soil Sampling

Clemson University agricultural engineer Kendall Kirk has developed free software to help growers track soil sampling across their fields.
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April 05, 2017

Farm Bill Hearing Explores Role of Research

Rep. Rodney Davis held a hearing to highlight the importance of agricultural research as part of the House Ag Committee’s hearing series on the next farm bill.
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April 05, 2017
Potato Equipment

Brandt Partners with Oklahoma Dealer

Brandt Agricultural Products has added Oklahoma-based P&K Equipment to its dealer network.
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April 05, 2017
Irrigation
Russ White

Michigan Growers Embrace Eco-friendly Practices

Producers in Michigan are increasingly committed to wise water management and soil health to ensure the long-term vitality of the state's potato industry.
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April 04, 2017
Grower of the Month

Farm Kid: James Hoff of Idaho Falls

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April 04, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord: Blazer Russet

Blazer Russet is an early maturing, dual-purpose russet with excellent processing qualities.
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April 04, 2017

Halverson Elected Potatoes USA Chair

John Halverson of Arbyrd, Mo., was elected chair of Potatoes USA at the organization’s annual meeting in Denver.
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April 04, 2017
Potato Equipment, Potato Harvesting, Potato Storage
Nora Olsen & Mike Thornton, University of Idaho

Bruise Prevention Begins Before Planting

Anything that makes separating soil from potatoes difficult during harvest and handling can increase the risk of bruise damage.
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April 04, 2017
Potato Equipment

Tomra Celebrates 45 Years

Since its founding on April 1, 1972, Tomra has progressed from being a pioneer in automated recycling technology to a company today offering a diverse range of sensor-based solutions.
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April 03, 2017
Potato Harvesting
Bryant Wynes

Florida Crop ‘Beautiful’

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April 03, 2017
Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide

FMC Acquires Part of DuPont’s Crop Protection Business

FMC will acquire a portion of DuPont’s Crop Protection business. DuPont will acquire FMC Health and Nutrition and receive $1.2 billion in cash.
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April 03, 2017
Irrigation

EPA Chief: Agency Will be States’ Partner

New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said the WOTUS repeal is ushering in a new era at the EPA.
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April 03, 2017

Cover Crop Image Database Available

To help growers show their next cover crop story, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education has introduced its library of cover crop images and soil health illustrations.
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April 03, 2017
New Products, Potato Equipment

Hillco Air Flow Systems

Hillco Technologies introduces air flow systems for Case IH and New Holland Tier 4A and 4B tractors.
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April 02, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord: Crimson King

Crimson King, a red-skinned, red-fleshed variety has shown promise for the fresh market as well as the specialty chip market.
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April 02, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord: Manistee

Manistee grows attractive round tubers with shallow eyes and has performed well in short- and long-term storage.
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April 02, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord: Pomerelle Russet

Pomerelle Russet is an early-maturing variety showing promise out of short- or mid-term storage for the fry processing market, with its primary use likely as a high-quality, early fresh variety.
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April 02, 2017
Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord

The Smorgasbord:Dakota Russet

Hoverson Farms and R.D. Offutt Company teamed with the NDSU Research Foundation to execute an exclusive release of Dakota Russet.
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April 01, 2017
Grower of the Month
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Island Life: The Fazio family of Sauvie Island, Ore.

In the picturesque, almost idyllic setting of northwestern Oregon's Willamette Valley, Antonio Fazio settled down and began farming after his immigration from Italy in the early 1940s
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April 01, 2017
Top Five
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Top 5: Must-reads for Growers

While we take great pride in the quality of our publication, we’re not so vain as to turn up our noses at other quality literature. Ergo, Potato Grower presents the top five non-Potato Grower must-reads.
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April 01, 2017

Crop Insurance Hot Topic in D.C.

A roundup of some of the recent comments made about crop insurance and its importance in maintaining strong agricultural production.
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April 01, 2017
Fungicide, New Products, Seed Potatoes

Nufarm Seed Treatment Solutions

Nufarm offers a wide range of crop protection products—including seed treatments—to help growers harvest the highest yields from their potato crops.
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April 01, 2017
Fertilizer

Best Practices for Phosphorus Use

A new paper from the International Plant Nutrition Institute reviews a science-based effort to describe such practices.
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