August 28, 2019
New Products

Premier Crop Systems Introduces Data Visualization Platform

This new platform allows growers to gain key insights that give them the ability to make informed decisions based off economics, seed, crop protection, fertility, operations and management.
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August 28, 2019
Articles, Fertilizer, New Products

Vive Makes Big Investment in Crop Protection

Vive Crop Protection recently announced the closing of its $10 million financing from existing and new investors. This capital will support commercialization of three new crop protection products and continued field development of Vive’s deep pipeline.
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August 28, 2019
Articles
Tad Thompson, The Produce News

Colorado Potato Acreage Down for Interesting Reasons

Potato acreage in Colorado’s San Luis Valley is down 8 percent this year. While that might seem alarming to some, it sounds reasonable when the matter is explained by Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee.
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August 28, 2019
Articles

NAMA Announces Professional Development Awards of Excellence

The Professional Development Awards of Excellence honor members of the organization based on outstanding achievement in each of NAMA’s professional development areas.
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August 28, 2019
Articles, New Products, Potato Equipment

AGCO Invests Heavily in Fendt

New Fendt products include row crop-friendly tractor, revolutionary new planter
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August 27, 2019
New Products, Potato Equipment

New Product: Great Plains Implement Command System

Available on new 18- to 35-foot Turbo-Maxes, Implement Command allows producers to make active decisions and on-the-go, real-time field adjustments to improve yields and soil health.
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August 27, 2019
Articles

Perdue Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

“Japan is a significant market for United States agriculture exports, making today a good day for American agriculture.”
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August 27, 2019
Irrigation, New Products

Coming in 2020: Valley 365 Crop Management Platform

Valley 365 combines the best features of existing Valley technology into one easy-to-use interface for single-sign-on access to complete connected crop management.
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August 27, 2019
Articles

Wada Farms Sees Strong Colorado Crop

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August 26, 2019
Articles

Lethbridge College, Potato Growers Partner on Irrigation Study

A new study will dig deep into the soil to determine how watering and irrigation methods affect southern Alberta’s potato crops.
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August 26, 2019
Articles, Insecticide

Entomologists Fighting Potato Enemies

Marissa Steiner and Tyler Mangum have been looking through microscopes for hours, scanning hand-sized, yellow sticky cards studded with dead insects. They’re hunting for the tell-tale, white abdomen stripe of a potato psyllid.
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August 26, 2019
Herbicide, Insecticide, New Products

Insights into Metam Sodium Soil Movement

Recent research reveals three surprising new insights that may enhance the performance of metam sodium product like NovaSource's Sectagon-42.
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August 26, 2019
Articles, New Products

Agri-Stor Expands into Colorado

Agri-Stor Companies has expanded with the opening of its location in Monte Vista, Colo. The company now has locations spread across three states: Washington, Idaho and Colorado.
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August 23, 2019
Articles, Irrigation, New Products
Andrew Olson

5 Things You May Not Know About Your Irrigation Sprinklers

When you are selecting a sprinkler for your pivot or linear irrigation, always take the soil type, terrain, climate and crop into consideration.
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August 21, 2019
Articles
Bob Clark

Late Blight Detected in Upstate New York

The plant disease responsible for the Irish Potato Famine has been found on plants growing in New York's Allegany County.
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August 21, 2019
Articles

Washington Growers Preparing for Harvest

In less than two weeks, the Washington potato harvest will commence. Growers have noted the ideal weather conditions that have accompanied the growing period leading up to harvest, with yield and quality both expected to be on par with the long term avera
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August 21, 2019
Articles, New Products
Brennan Kauffman

Idaho Steel Builds Record-sized Potato Drying Drum

A partnership between Idaho Steel and Kiremko has recently started selling the largest industrial drum dryer on the market.
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August 20, 2019
New Products, Potato Equipment

New Product: Great Plains 7000 Series Disk Harrow

Now available in smaller sizes, the Great Plains 7000 Series disk harrow delivers reliable, quality conventional tillage in a highly competitive disk harrow market. With new 10-, 12-,and 15-foot working widths, sizes are available up to 36 feet.
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August 20, 2019
Articles

John Blue Brings Back Original Company Name

John Blue is known for being an award-winning pioneer in the agriculture market with a commitment to outstanding design, uncompromising quality and world-class customer service.
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August 20, 2019
Articles

'30 Harvests' Takes a Look at Farmers' Role in Battling Climate Change

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance launches short film as start of movement to create sustainable food systems
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August 20, 2019
Articles

Late Blight Found in Idaho's Minidoka County

Late blight sporulation was observed on diseased tissue. The University of Idaho will be checking for additional confirmation by PCR.
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August 20, 2019
Articles
Tom Karst

Perdue Thanked for Support of Expanding Potato Trade with Mexico

The National Potato Council and a dozen other U.S. state and regional potato associations on Aug. 16 thanked U.S. agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue for his support of expanded U.S. fresh potato exports to Mexico.
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August 20, 2019
Articles, Event Calendar

Applications Open for 2020 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

The National Potato Council is now accepting applications for the 2020 Potato Industry Leadership Institute. The program will take place in Michigan and Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-27, 2020.
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August 20, 2019
Articles, Irrigation, New Products

CropLogic Helps Growers Water Right

The New Zealand-based company’s system helps farmers track soil moisture in real time. The technology helps crop growers streamline their irrigation systems, giving them data that makes it easier to avoid overwatering or underwatering plants.
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August 20, 2019
Articles

Farm Fresh Celebrates 20 Years

It started on Aug. 16, 1999, when Farm Fresh Direct was formed by a group of like-minded potato growers in Colorado's San Luis Valley.
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August 20, 2019
Articles, Irrigation

What Current U.S. Water Policy Means for Growers

Every five years, NASS conducts an Irrigation and Water Management Survey as a follow-up to the Census of Agriculture. Such a survey was conducted in 2018, and NASS indicates that the results of that survey will be made available in November 2019.
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August 19, 2019
Articles, Seed Potatoes
Jennifer Rude Klett

Wisconsin Growers, Diners Embrace Potato Diversity

Wisconsin farmer Jesse Perkins really knows his spuds. He could even be called a potato specialist as one of only a dozen organic seed potato farmers in the country, and the only one in Wisconsin.
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August 19, 2019
Articles
Kenny Wiley

Accurate Ag Information the Key to Better Nutrition

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August 19, 2019
Articles
Angie Skerrett

Mop-top Virus Troubles New Zealand Potato Industry

A potato virus with the potential to affect crop production has been found to be widespread in New Zeland, meaning eradication is likely impossible in the country.
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August 19, 2019
Articles, Seed Potatoes

Montana Family Continues Strong Seed Potato Tradition

Laci and Scott Holbrook supply seed stock for commercial growers and home gardeners from their certified seed potato farm in Twin Bridges, Mont.
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August 19, 2019
Articles

APHIS Posts New PCN Eradication Program Report

The PCN Eradication Program is a cooperative effort among PPQ, Idaho State Department of Agriculture and industry stakeholders. The program’s goal is to control PCN spread, and eventually establish Idaho as PCN-free.
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August 19, 2019
Articles

Getting to the Root of Food Safety

From sticks and stones to plastic bottles and golf balls, potato producers encounter an ever-increasing spectrum of hazardous foreign material in their fields making effective sorting a critical element of the processing line.
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August 19, 2019
Articles

Manitoba Retailers' Lack of Potatoes Described as Anomaly

Grocery stores around the Canadian province of Manitoba haven't had the usual amount of local potatoes this year.
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August 14, 2019
Articles

Making History: 2019 IGSA Russet Aristocrat Kent Taylor

“I don’t have the longest résumé,” says Kent Taylor, the Idaho Grower Shipper Association's 2019 Russet Aristocrat. “But what I do have is a history.”
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August 14, 2019
Articles

Discovery Park of America Announces Exhibit about Ag Innovation

Discovery Park of America will open an exhibit dedicated to telling the story of innovation in agriculture. "AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival" will be located in the 8,900-square-foot building that currently houses the museum and heritage park's t
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August 14, 2019
New Products, Potato Equipment

Tong Celebrates One Year in U.S.

International vegetable handling equipment specialist Tong Engineering is celebrating one year of successful business since the opening of its Tong USA spares, service and sales facility in Fremont, Mich.
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August 13, 2019
Articles

Soil Pore Structure May be Key to Carbon Storage

Michigan State University researchers recently discovered a new mechanism determining how carbon is stored in soils that could improve the climate resilience of cropping systems and also reduce their carbon footprints.
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August 13, 2019
Articles
Alex Robinson

Cuts Leave Alaska Farmers Reeling

Small scale farmers could be impacted the most by the governor’s recent announcement.
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August 13, 2019
Articles

Comparing Soil Health Techniques in Organic Farming

Microbes, insects and small soil critters produce materials that can improve soil structure and water retention. It’s a healthy ecosystem every farmer wants to encourage.
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August 12, 2019
Articles
Julia Gerlach

Calculating the Value of Cover Crops

A recent study found the ability to sequester carbon in the soil may have more to do with the presence of a diverse plant population than with aggregation or decomposing residue, suggesting that a multi-species cover crop will do more for building soil he
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August 12, 2019
Articles, New Products, Potato Equipment

Bagging & Packaging Buyers’ Guide

Once those beautiful spuds are grown and harvested, you've got to keep them looking good until you can get them to consumers. These products will help.
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August 12, 2019
Articles, New Products, Potato Equipment

New Product: Great Plains Velocity Hybrid Tillage

The Velocity combines some of the positive aspects of vertical tillage, while maintaining similar features of a conventional disk, resulting in a new classification in the Great Plains product line called hybrid tillage.
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August 12, 2019
Fungicide, New Products

BioSafe's PerCarb Now Approved in California

PerCarb is an EPA-registered, zero-hour REI, broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide designed to treat and control plant pathogens that cause major foliar diseases on field-grown crops, tree crops, vine crops, berries, small fruits, vegetable crops and green
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August 10, 2019
Articles, Seed Potatoes

Alliston: A New Canadian Potato Variety

In mid-July, a new variety of potato named Alliston was officially registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, taking its name from the potato capital of Ontario. The new variety was developed by a potato breeder from Quebec named Andre Gagnon.
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August 10, 2019
Articles, Fertilizer

Vive Crop Protection Adds to Leadership Team

Vive Crop Protection recently welcomed two new additions to its leadership team: Dan Bihlmeyer as vice president of sales and marketing, and Barbara Hopper as chief financial officer and vice president of operations.
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August 09, 2019
Articles, Insecticide

2019's First Psyllid in Eastern Idaho Captured

This week, University of Idaho researchers had traps deployed in 78 of its 79 test fields, and found a total of 73 psyllids across 27 of the 79 monitored fields.
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August 09, 2019
Articles

Corteva, 4-H Showcase Future of Farming at Iowa State Fair

This year, the Iowa State Fair will welcome more than 1 million guests to one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the United States. Corteva Agriscience will showcase its partnership with 4-H during the opening weekend to
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August 09, 2019
Articles
Ashley Nickle

Survey Reveals Potato Consumption Habits

A survey commissioned by The Little Potato Co. found that 55 percent of Americans rank potatoes as their favorite comfort food.
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August 09, 2019
Articles
Rand Green

Potandon Sees Growth in Yellows, Minis

Potandon Produce is seeing significant growth in yellow potatoes and mini potatoes.
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August 08, 2019
Articles, New Products

Low-Cost Cameras Can Detect Crop Stress Early : Novel camera system could provide cost-effective way to monitor crop temperatures, University of Missouri researchers find

Novel camera system could provide cost-effective way to monitor crop temperatures, University of Missouri researchers find
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August 08, 2019
Articles

2019 IGSA Scholarship Winners Announced

Several accomplished students were recently awarded scholarships from the Idaho Grower Shippers Association. The IGSA Scholarship Program benefits IGSA member employees and their families.
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August 08, 2019
Articles

Chamber of Commerce Continues to Push for USMCA Passage

Leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have tabbed the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as its top policy priority for 2019.
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August 08, 2019
Articles

Idaho Farm to Receive Century Farm Award

On Friday, Aug. 9, David Wood and his family will be honored with Idaho's Century Farm Award, which recognizes families that have continuously owned and actively farmed the same land for 100 years ago or more.
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August 08, 2019
Articles
Jim Offner

Wisconsin Growers Anticipate Big Crop

Wisconsin potato growers predicted their entire industry should be digging in earnest by mid-August, although some spuds were on track to come out as early as the last week of July, suppliers said.
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August 06, 2019
Articles

Below the Surface: The Sound of Silence

The beauty of getting a break—however brief—from it all
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August 06, 2019
Articles
Colin MacLean

Cavendish Farm Invests in P.E.I. Research Facility

Cavendish Farms is spending $6 million to build a new state-of-the-art potato research facility near its processing facility in New Annan, P.E.I.
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August 06, 2019
Articles

New Cornell Lab to Combat Golden Nematode

The tiny roundworms are considered by the USDA "to be potentially more dangerous than any of the insects and diseases affecting the potato industry." On Thursday, Cornell University opened a new research lab to combat the invasive species.
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August 06, 2019
Articles
Buzz Shahan, Chief Operating Officer, United Potato Growers of America

Supply-Chain Management

What responsibility should rest on the grower?
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August 05, 2019
Smorgasbord, Seed Potatoes

The Smorgasbord: Georgina

For growers who have been scouring the globe in pursuit of that picture-perfect yellow potato that will stand out in a competitive market, Georgina may just be that variety.
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August 05, 2019
Articles
Tyrell Marchant, Editor

Between the Rows: Masterpiece

The magnum opus of the American farmer
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August 03, 2019
Articles
Sarah Ehrlich

Grower-Oriented Research

A Colorado State plant pathologist’s mission for disease-free potatoes
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August 02, 2019
Articles

His Life’s Mission

Syngenta researcher Kiran Shetty leaves an indelible mark on the potato industry
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August 02, 2019
Articles
Roy Navarre & Max Feldman

Changing Demographics, Changing Industry

Emerging trends in diet and nutrition, and what they mean for potatoes
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August 01, 2019
Articles, New Products, Potato Equipment

Spudnik Reports Strong Performance of New Planters

This spring, our friends at Spudnik unleashed their new 8312 12-row planter on the potato industry, and it has been doing wonders for growers across the country.
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August 01, 2019
Articles
Stanley Moore, Michigan State University Extension

The Tale of Two Transitions

Getting farm transition right can make or break a farm’s chances of surviving from one generation to another.
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