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12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Chris Voigt, executive director for the Washington State Potato Commission, said he's heard that yields in the state are variable due to the early maturity of the crop, with some really good fields and some below par. Read more on the Northwest crop from this Packer story.

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12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
A new study suggests consumer demand for Idaho-branded bagged russet potatoes is less sensitive to price changes than potatoes from other states. Read more on the study from this Packer article.

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12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Growers and scouts in the Manatee Ruskin area report that leafminer pressure has been very high and note that most growers are spraying for leafminer every 7-10 days. Read more on leafminer pressures from pages 2-3 of the South Florida Vegetable Pest & Disease Hotline

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11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
While many researchers are involved with experiments to try to manage pests with pesticides, others are involved in trying to determine the pesticide concentrations that may safely exist in the produce we all eat. Read more on pesticide residues from this Vegetable Crops Hotline article.

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11/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
Growers expect plenty of cranberries to be available for the Christmas rush despite some weather issues. Read more on the availability of cranberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and clementines from this Packer story.

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11/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
The average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will cost slightly less this year, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said based on its annual informal price survey. Read more on the cost from this Meat + Poultry article at the link below.

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11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
Freezing temperatures over the weekend appear to have effectively ended the harvest for northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota potato growers. The harvest - which lasted as much as two months longer than usual for some growers - brought heavy rains, soggy fields, rising prices and exceptionally warm temperatures in late October and the the first half of November. The crop year also brought wide variation in yields and profits. Growers who enjoyed average or slightly-below-average yields, and who didn't contract to sell their potatoes earlier this year at low prices, will be able to take advantage of higher prices and do relatively well financially. Growers with poor crops, or who contracted their potatoes previously at lower prices, won't do so well, officials say.

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11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
Evenflow Storage Bins from Jantz Canada are an expandable solution for the growing needs of today's packhouses. Modular in design, they are truly the last storage solution you will ever need to buy. Developed and perfected over a period of 10 years, working with Packhouses across North America; our Evenflow Bins provide Food Safe Storage for straight from the field or pre-washed Potatoes, Beets, Onions and other Root Vegetables. Ranging in capacity from 5 to 100 Ton; storage and processing can be supported with a single design. The construction of our bins, built from pre-formed side panels, support legs and conveying components means installation is quick and easy, and future expansion to increase capacity when needed is a breeze. Bins can be sloped for ease of infeed, or utilize our stair stepping feed ladder and straight sides to maximize storage space in a given footprint.

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11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
When it comes to potatoes, french fries are the big outlet for Columbia Basin farmers. And when it comes to selling french fries, McDonald's is the holy grail. So for Washington State University potato researchers Rick Knowles and Mark Pavek, having a new variety chosen by McDonald's is a big deal. In September, the worldwide fast-food chain chose two relatively new varieties developed in part by WSU researchers. "McDonald's has expert tasters, kind of like with fine wine," said horticulture professor Knowles. "Their gold standard potato for french fries is a Russet Burbank, which makes a great fry but is really inefficient from a production standpoint." "We need something to replace it that still makes fries McDonald's will accept," Pavek said.

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11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
United States Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) is estimating only 64,000 out of 80,000 planted potato acres in North Dakota will be harvested. Potato production is forecast at 19.8 million hundredweight (cwt.), down 28 per cent from last year. NASS estimates the average yield in the state at 310 cwt. per acre, down 35 cwt. from last year. If accurate, this would be the smallest North Dakota potato crop in five years; however the accuracy of the USDA estimate is in question. Bruce Huffaker, editor of North American Potato Market news, cites several reasons he believes the estimate might be as much as 4 million cwt. too low.

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