March 29, 2013
Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
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INDUSTRY'S GROW-OUT MAY MOVE FROM CA TO HI

The Idaho potato industry's annual winter grow-out, in which seed lot samples are planted to test for potato virus Y and other diseases, may move from
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March 28, 2013
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GROWERS EYE OPTIONS FOR NASS REPORTS

The National Potato Council is investigating options to restore USDA potato stocks estimates cut due to budget sequestration, including industry fundi
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March 27, 2013
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U.S. FRESH EXPORTS TO TAIWAN UP 124 PERCENT

The import of U.S. potatoes into Taiwan has continued to increase with the import volume from July-December 2012, reaching 16,869 metric tons, an incr
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March 26, 2013
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TURKISH CO LOSES BID TO TRADEMARK `IDAHO'

Idaho seems to have won an international trademark dispute over its most famous product.
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March 25, 2013
Fungicide, Seed Potatoes
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GROW-OUT SHOWS VIRUS Y LEVELS DROPPING IN IDAHO POTATOES

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho-Potato virus Y infections in Idaho seed have returned to extremely low levels after spiking during the 2011 crop year, according to
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March 25, 2013
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SR SALES EXEC AT POTANDON STEPS DOWN END OF MARCH

Potandon Produce LLC announced that Kent Romrell, senior vice president of sales, will retire at the end of March after a career in produce spanning o
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March 22, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Frank Muir, IPC President and CEO

National Nutrition Month: Elevating the potato's overall nutritional profile

March is recognized as National Nutrition Month. Promoting the nutritional profile of Idaho potatoes has been a priority of the Idaho Potato Commissio
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March 22, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Jerry P. Wright, President CEO, United Potato Gro

One Big Pile of Potatoes: What is your world view?

We had an excellent Potato Business Summit in Las Vegas this last January. Over 300 growers, shippers, frozen and dehy processors and industry executi
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March 22, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Michael Thornton,SW ID R&E superintendent, Mar

The Importance of Tuber Set: Management practices to increase uniformity

Tuber size is an increasingly important aspect of potato quality. Buyers all along the potato market chain from those purchasing seed to end users (fr
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March 22, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Don Ladhoff, USPB Retail Marketing Consultant

What Consumers Are Missing: Increasing fresh sales by expanding the "consumption set"

When the USPB reviewed the findings in late 2010 of a consumer segmentation study we had commissioned, we noted survey questions had polled consumers
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March 22, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue

Growth Promoters: Buyer's Guide

Penatron Soil Conditioner, which contains many interacting (synergistic) components, has helped increase potato yield and quality for the past 20 year
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March 22, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue

Planting Equipment: Buyer's Guide

The Harriston Cup Planter has a perfect mixture of quality, reliability and accuracy. Its attributes begin from the ground up, with a low seed drop an
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March 22, 2013
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WA GROWER LEADS USPB

CONNELL, Wash.-The U.S. Potato Board's new leader says his top priorities are finding a new CEO for the organization and spreading the word about the
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March 21, 2013
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TOP ECONOMIST PREDICTS TIGHTER FARM SAFETY NET

Former USDA Chief Economist Keith Collins, Ph.D., predicts a smaller farm safety net in the future, but one that cements crop insurance.
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March 20, 2013
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ZC VECTOR SURVIVED BOISE COLD IN JAN

BOISE, Idaho-It appears the tiny winged insects that can spread the crop disease zebra chip in potato fields will overwinter this season, despite the
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March 19, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue

Accumulating Copper: Soil thresholds for potato production

A rising concern with the application of dairy wastes to agricultural fields is the accumulation of copper (Cu) in the soil.
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March 19, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Allen Thayer

Hungry like the Wolf: Maximizing nutrient efficiency with Wolf Trax DDP

New and improved ways to apply micronutrients help ensure growers' crops get the nutrients they need.
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March 19, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Phil Schoening

The Key to Certification: AgVerdict enables data management for GAP compliance

Are your potatoes certified?
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March 19, 2013
Potato Equipment
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IS GPS THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES?

In the folk tale The Emperor's New Clothes, a child dared to mention the unmentionable. Terry Anderson, Autonomous Tractor Corporation, is also mentio
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March 18, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue

(Not) Going Pink: Effect of Fungicides on Pink Rot

Pink rot of potato is primarily caused by the Oomycete pathogen Phytophthora erythroseptica.
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March 18, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Tyler J. Baum, is manager of industry communicatio

Education and Innovation: 2013 UI Potato Conference and Ag Expo

Education and Innovation" was the theme of the 45th Annual University of Idaho Potato Conference and 34th Ag Expo in Pocatello in January.
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March 18, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
David Fairbourn, is manager of industry communicat

I am the USPB: A Unique Perspective

Alan Moir has been a Maine potato grower for 20 years now, and for four of those past 20 years, he has represented his home state as a United States P
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March 18, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue

Five Minor Producing States on USPB

DENVER-On Dec. 6, United States Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack appointed/reappointed 30 grower members to serve on the United States Potat
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March 18, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Tyler J. Baum, Editor

Implement PTI

The final milestone in the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) has been completed.
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March 18, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue

New Products: Latest and Greatest

Eagle Packaging Machinery's BOXXER Case Erector Loader Sealer System is an automated solution that combines both case erecting and product loading.
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March 18, 2013| Published in the March 2013 issue
Tyler J. Baum

Potato Expo 2013: Keeping nothing a secret

During the breakfast general session of POTATO EXPO 2013, Ken Schmidt, former brand visionary and communications strategist at Harley-Davidson Motor C
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March 18, 2013
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PSYLLID CONTROL W/ LADYBIRD ADVANCES TO FIELD TESTS

Research conducted by the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University, using the southern ladybird as a biological control agent, has shown t
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March 15, 2013
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WHEEL LINES FIND NICHE IN E IDAHO

ABERDEEN, Idaho-Growers in eastern Idaho's Pleasant Valley area are accustomed to puzzled expressions when they discuss how they're pulling out pivots
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March 14, 2013
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ZC FOUND IN POWER COUNTY, ID

A new potato alert was posted to PNWPestAlert.net.
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March 13, 2013
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WHERE WOULD WE BE W/O GROUNDWATER?

WESTERVILLE, Ohio-The 15th edition of National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 10-16, 2013, and for good reason-groundwater is one of our most imp
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March 12, 2013
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CLOSER REGISTERED FOR CANADA POTATOES

Dow AgroSciences has announced that potato growers in Canada now have access to Closer, a new insecticide with a unique mode of action for the control
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March 11, 2013
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POTATO SIDES ON MENUS INCREASE 11%

Potato dishes remain a top menu item in foodservice, with a steady increase of 11 percent over that past five years since Q4 2007 to Q4 2012, demonstr
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March 08, 2013
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"AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO" HIRES USPB'S O'CONNER

FALLSTON, Md.-Tim O'Connor, President and CEO of the U.S. Potato Board in Denver, Colo., has accepted an offer to lead a new marketing agency dedicate
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March 08, 2013
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GROWER USES COVER CROPS TO REDUCE INPUT COSTS

FORT HALL, Idaho-For the past two seasons, Brendon Rockey has planted peas, chickling vetch and buckwheat in the same rows as potatoes, using a specia
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March 07, 2013
Irrigation
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IA RELEASES 2011-2012 ANNUAL REPORT

The Irrigation Association's 2011-2012 Annual Report is now available to members. Members can download the report to review IA's financial report and
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March 07, 2013
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UMAINE STUDY LOOKS TO END BLIGHT

Potato breeding developments being researched by graduate students in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences look to save the future of Maine's ico
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March 06, 2013
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FORTUNE HONORS UNION PACIFIC FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

OMAHA, Neb.-Fortune named Union Pacific the most admired among trucking, transportation and logistics companies for the third consecutive year. The ma
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March 06, 2013
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ID GROWERS APPROVE CONTRACT W/ PROCESSORS

Idaho potato growers at a Monday meeting in Burley approved processing contracts with J.R. Simplot and McCain Foods that both include payment increase
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March 05, 2013
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GROWERS CONVERGE ON CAPITAL HILL

WASHINGTON, D.C.-More than 160 potato growers and industry partners from across the country met Feb. 25-28 in Washington, D.C., to advocate for the in
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March 05, 2013
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LANCE HAPKA APPOINTED CHAIR OF NPPGA

Lance Hapka, a process potato grower from Argyle, Minn., became the 64th Chairman of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association at NPPGA's annual
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March 05, 2013
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UPGA LEADER ADVOCATES WORKING TOGETHER

SALEM, Ore.-For 20 years, between 1985 and 2005, potato growers averaged 1 percent return on investment, according to Jerry Wright, CEO of United Pota
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March 04, 2013
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BASIC AMERICAN BUYS DEHY UNIT FROM NONPAREIL

BLACKFOOT, Idaho-Idaho-based Nonpareil Farms has signed a letter of intent to sell its dehydrated potato business to Basic American Foods, corporate o
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March 04, 2013
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ID SET 2012 RECORD FOR AG EXPORTS

BOISE, Idaho-Idaho set another record for agricultural exports last year, as the value of Gem State farm commodities sold to other countries reached $
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March 01, 2013
Irrigation
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ID IRRIGATORS, UTILITIES REACH DEAL

The Idaho Irrigation Pumpers Association has reached agreements with both Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power regarding their separate plans to chang
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