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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
As potato prices plummet and many sell their crops for a loss, some farmers are planting peas instead. "This is our first year planting peas. It's kind of an experiment for us," said Logan Hamilton, a Ririe farmer. Hamilton planted around 110 acres of peas earlier this year - initially as a rotation crop. "We'll go where the profit takes us. If it's more profitable to plant peas than potatoes, I mean, it's a good crop rotation it seems like ... why not?" said Hamilton. While peas are more commonly grown in northern and central Idaho, farmers say they aren't new to eastern Idaho.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
While local farmers are dealing with a recent report of disease in a local potato crop, they are joining researchers to figure out how to engineer the spuds to avoid such problems. It's serious business in Portage County, where more than a quarter of all Wisconsin potatoes are grown. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and other experts talked about those disease issues Tuesday during Potato Field Day at the Hancock Agricultural Research Station, a 412-acre vegetable crop study farm in central Wisconsin.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
New sales figures from the United States indicate that when it comes to bagged fresh potatoes, smaller package sizes are starting to sell big. Sales of bagged fresh potatoes under four pounds are up 17.8 percent from a year ago and a staggering 112 percent in the past ten years, according to data from AC Nielson Fresh Facts. "These new figures illustrate why retailers need to re-think their bagged fresh potato merchandising strategies with a greater emphasis on smaller package sizes." says John Pope of Houston-based MountainKing Potatoes.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
OxiPhos, a broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide, is used to protect potatoes from pathogens such as Bacterial Soft Rot, Early Blight, Fusarium Tuber Rot, Silver Scurf, Pink Rot and Late Blight Tuber Rot. OxiPhos is a green chemistry composed of phosphorous acid and activated peroxide that is proven to yield powerful results. HOLDit, a deposition aid, strengthens the performance of BioSafe's peroxygen chemistries by creating a residual to allow a lengthier contact and kill time.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Leaders with the National Potato Council have taken a stance in favor of biotechnology, and U.S. Potato Board leaders are scheduled to vote on the issue soon. The National Potato Council's board of directors has officially endorsed the safety and usefulness of genetically modified technology, as well as voluntary labeling of GMO products. But unofficially, industry leaders retain concerns about how companies advancing GMO potatoes, such as J.R. Simplot, will segregate their biotech tubers and how foreign markets will react.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Check out the July 25th potato and tomato disease forecast at the link below.

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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
A new chipping potato variety appears to be more tolerant to heat-induced internal problems as well as frying up less oily. Read more on the new variety from this Grower article.

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7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
David Thompson, president and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC), recently announced the appointments of Ron Gall, Dr. Nora Olsen and Anne Fowlie as members of the Board of Directors. Read more on all three from this Potato Grower article.

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7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
French Nutritional Guidelines recommend consuming starchy foods at each meal and varying the source. According to a new study published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, however, the proportion of energy from carbohydrates is currently too low in many Western European countries. Read more on these findings from this Potato Grower article.

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7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
We have observed a notable increase in the number of psyllids captured in our monitoring program this week relative to previous weeks this year (though still much lower than toward the end of the last two seasons). Read more on potato psyllid trap catches and zebra chip from this full alert of the same title at the link below.

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