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10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Louisiana sweet potato harvest has started, and early reports are of a good quality crop. That's in spite of heavy rains in some parts of south Louisiana that have caused losses due to rot, according to a news release. Read more on the crop from this Grower article.

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9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
According to the USDA-Economic Research Service's September food price outlook, fresh fruit prices fell 4% in August but were up 4.6% above year-ago levels. Read more on prices from this Packer article.

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9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
The newly minted Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee chose their leaders and are considering what industry issues to make priorities. Read more on the committee from this Grower article.

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9/26/2014 12:00:00 AM
During 2013, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation air quality sampling program in major agricultural areas found no detectable pesticide concentrations nearly 93 percent of the time. Read more on these findings from this Grower article.

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9/26/2014 12:00:00 AM
The final value of Idaho's 2013 potato crop was $1.02 billion, up 2 percent from 2012. The marketing year average price for potatoes in Idaho was $7.75 per cwt., up $0.70 from last year. Read details for Oregon and Washington as well from this Potato Grower article.

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9/26/2014 12:00:00 AM
Though the stop to U.S. potato exports to Mexico has been unfortunate, not being able to ship potatoes deep into Mexico is not likely to significantly affect export programs this year. Read more on the impact from this Potato Grower article.

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9/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding sweet potato crop research in Africa. Read more on the funding from this Packer article.

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9/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
A common potato virus and a fungus-like pathogen can team up to cause even more damage in potatoes. Washington State University scientists found that potato virus S, or PVS, breaks down late blight resistance in potatoes. Read more on these findings from this Grower article.

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9/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Export markets are increasingly important outlets for U.S.-grown potatoes in general and specifically for Idaho, according to Frank Muir, president of the Idaho Potato Commission. Speaking at the 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower Shipper Association in Sun Valley, ID, Aug. 28, Muir commended the U.S. Potato Board for the efforts it is making to open or re-open various markets around the world for U.S. potatoes. In Idaho, "we are leveraging everything the U.S. Potato Board is doing internationally," he said. "When we see the growth that is happening internationally, we have to be there, and we are."

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9/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Washington State University researchers have discovered that a common potato virus and a fungus-like pathogen can work together to damage the crop. In a study published this summer, scientists found that potato virus S (PVS) breaks down late blight resistance in potato. The study is in the American Journal of Potato Research (Lin, Y-H., D.A. Johnson and H.R. Pappu. 2014. Effect of Potato virus S infection on late light resistance in potato. Amer. J. Potato Research).

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