July 31, 2015
Seed Potatoes

International Potato Center Partners with Novogene : Joint research project to sequence 10 new potato genomes

The International Potato Center, custodian of the world’s largest potato gene bank, is partnering with Novogene Bioinformatics Technology to advance potato genome research.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
John Keeling, NPC Exec VP and CEO

Finally, an Answer: NPC applauds TPA passage

The National Potato Council (NPC) applauds the vote by the U.S. Senate Friday, May 22, to approve trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation to ensure that trade agreements negotiated by the president can be considered by Congress on a simple up or down
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Sarah Reece, Global Retail Marketing Manager, U.S. Potato Board

Profit at Retail: Best practices proven to help grow category sales

Over the past decade, the U.S. Potato Board (USPB) has developed and proven an array of best practices in the vital areas of assortment, merchandising, pricing, promotion, packaging, in-store communication and training.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Nora Olsen & Mike Thornton

Sorting Through the Data: Demystifying stem numbers

It seems like almost every year just after the potato crop emerges, we start getting questions about stem number, tuber set and their relationship to seed physiology.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue

Accounting for Variables: Yield increases with variable-rate irrigation

Brothers Chris and Harold Perry farm in Coaldale, Alberta.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Irrigation Association

Deep Water: Celebrating 10 years of Smart Irrigation Month

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Smart Irrigation Month.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue

Don't Let It Get Away: Tips for effective and efficient crop water use

Beyond wanting to know the range of water use by particular crops, producers sometimes question why and how crops use water.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Heavy-Duty Allianc: STC Trailers teams up with Double L Mfg.

STC Trailers has always been built on opportunity and necessity.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue

Let It Sink In: Preventing irrigation water runoff on tight day soils

All growers probably wish managing their irrigation systems were as easy as matching a deflector and nozzle to a crop.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Dr. William Fry, Cornell University

Sex Matters: Late blight and mating type: Why should you care?

Most potato growers in the United States have certainly heard of the late blight disease and the pathogen (Phytophthora infestans) that causes it.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Frank Muir, IPC President and CEO

Showing Off: IPC makes itself known at NRA Show

For decades, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has participated in the largest and most important conference for foodservice operators in the country, the National Restaurant Association’s annual NRA Show.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Spic & Span: Potato Services of Idaho helps growers lean up their act

More than 20 years ago, Terry Mortensen and Thane Siddoway recognized a need in the potato industry.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

The Great Task Remaining: Chasing the great American Ideal

Every Fourth of July, my grandparents host a breakfast and Independence Day program for all their children and grandchildren who live close by.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue
Jerry Wright, UPGA President/CEO

The Wealth of Nations: Working together to achieve prosperity

A quiet historical coincidence happened in America’s special year of 1776.
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July 30, 2015| Published in the July 2015 issue

Where's It All Going?: Climate change, plant roots may accelerate carbon loss from soils

Soil, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than anyone thought, according to Oregon State University (OSU) soil scientists.
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July 30, 2015

Company Launches “Little Chef” Program

The Little Potato Company on Tuesday launched a new program to provide tools and tips to make it easier for parents to cook with their kids, sharing new and important skills while having fun together.
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July 29, 2015

Panama Bans Potato, Onion Imports

Panama’s Ministry of Agricultural Development has banned the entry or transport of imported onions and potatoes from production areas where the presence of regulated pests has been detected.
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July 29, 2015
Event Calendar
National Potato Council

Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be Held in February : Application and scholarship deadline is Oct. 15, 2015

The NPC and USPB are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute class of 2016.
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July 29, 2015
Event Calendar
Jonathan Knutson

USPB to Meet in North Dakota

Potatoes are a big deal to Carl Hoverson. Promoting his home area is important to him, too.
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July 28, 2015

Research Funds to Boost Canadian Exports: Funds to be used to identify factors that limit yields

Potatoes New Brunswick will lead a national research effort to improve potato yields and boost the export competitiveness of Canadian french fries with the help of up to $1.4 million in government support.
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July 27, 2015
Fungicide, Potato Harvesting, Potato Storage
Willie Kirk and Noah Rosenzweig

Late Blight Found in Michigan : Growers should be treating all fields in four counties

A potato field in Montcalm County, Mich., has been reported with late blight over the past week. Growers should be aggressively treating all fields in Montcalm, Gratiot, Ionia and Mecosta counties.
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July 27, 2015
Insecticide
Erik J. Wenninger, University of Idaho

Idaho Psyllid Population Appears to be Declining

Overall abundance of potato psyllids in Idaho potato fields last week continued to decline.
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July 25, 2015
Cynthia David

Blue Potato a Hit with Chefs: Endless possibilities with Russian Blue potatoes

Gillian Flies, co-owner of New Farm near Creemore, Ontario, says chefs love her organic Russian Blue potatoes.
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July 24, 2015
Event Calendar, Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide

Miller Research to Host Pest Management Field Day

Miller Research will be holding a pest management field day on Thursday, August 13, near Acequia, Idaho.
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July 23, 2015
Tom Karst

Voluntary GMO Labeling Garners Support

Several potato associations are among food groups urging the House of Representatives to pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
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July 23, 2015
Potato Equipment

Study Shows Benefits of Strip-till : Researchers find improved soil properties compared to no-till method

How does style of tilling make a difference in crop success?
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July 22, 2015
Fungicide

Late Blight in Southern Idaho

Late blight has been positively identified in southern Idaho’s Minidoka County. It appears the infections resulted from a spore shower, and it is likely other fields are also affected.
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July 22, 2015
Eric McCarthy

P.E.I. Growers Recognized

Fourth-generation potato growers Christopher and Derek Smallman are the P.E.I. Potato Blossom Festival’s Potato Producers of the Year.
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July 22, 2015
Event Calendar

World Potato Congress to be Held Next Week

Beijing will host an international conference in late July to promote cooperation in the international potato industry.
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July 21, 2015
Seed Potatoes
Amy Pflugshaupt

Wisconsin Researchers Reveal New Varieties

In an effort to stay a leader in potato production, researchers in Wisconsin are hard at work to develop the best potatoes for your table.
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July 17, 2015
New Products, Potato Harvesting

Spudnik’s 16-Row Harvest System

A new video from Spudnik shows Carl Taylor from Taylor Farms in Idaho Falls, Idaho, presenting Spudnik’s 16-row harvesting system.
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July 16, 2015

Specialty Crop Grants Issued in Idaho

Over a dozen specialty crop projects are receiving grants from the Idaho Department of Agriculture.
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July 14, 2015
Melissa Shipman

PNW Expects Early Crop

Retailers could see shipments of fresh potatoes to their stores up to a week earlier than usual.
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July 13, 2015
Insecticide
Barb Glen

Canada Free of Zebra Chip So Far

The disease has caused huge potato losses in the U.S., but the insect hasn’t crossed into Canada yet.
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July 13, 2015
Irrigation
Tom Burfield

Hot, Dry Conditions in Washington, Oregon

Dry conditions and unusually warm—or downright hot—weather had many producers concerned. Eastern Washington was hit especially hard.
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July 09, 2015
Irrigation

Hunter Industries to Acquire Senninger

Hunter Industries and Senninger Irrigation announced Tuesday their entrance into a due diligence phase toward an intended acquisition of Senninger by Hunter.
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July 08, 2015
Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide

Webcast: Managing Diseases with Biopesticides

This presentation by Amanda Gevens addresses some of the basics of biopesticides including product categories, modes of action, and efficacy as they pertain to conventional potato systems.
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July 08, 2015
Fungicide
Lydia Tymons

Webcast: Resistance in Alternaria Populations

Broad-spectrum fungicides are the primary products used for the management of Alternaria. However, a shift to include narrow-spectrum fungicides in rotation was made in order to minimize the impacts and alleviate environmental concerns.
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July 08, 2015
Kelly Marshall

World Food Prize Awarded for Enhanced Food Security

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh has been awarded the 2015 World Food Prize, the most prominent award for individuals whose achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security.
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July 07, 2015
Event Calendar

Nominations Open for 2016 USPB Members

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July 06, 2015

N.C. Potato Association Launches Website

The North Carolina Potato Association announces the launch of its redesigned website
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July 06, 2015

Grower Turns Land into Pollinator Haven : R.D. Offutt Company devotes 600 Minnesota acres to pollinators

The biggest potato grower in the U.S. has planted the largest Operation Pollinator establishment in the country.
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July 02, 2015
Potato Harvesting

Black Gold Farms Begins Missouri Harvest

Black Gold Farms kicked off its fresh red potato harvest in southeastern Missouri the last week of June. The first few days of harvest has shown a lot of promise.
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July 01, 2015
Insecticide

Psyllid Numbers Increasing in Magic Valley

Abundance of potato psyllids appears to be increasing in southern Idaho’s Magic Valley.
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