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8/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
Idaho has confirmed its first tuber from a commercial field infected with zebra chip disease in three years, crop researchers say. Read more on the confirmed case from this Capital Press article.

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8/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
The California drought isn't pushing fruit and vegetable prices higher this year. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Service predicts that grower prices for vegetables will decline between 4% and 5% this year, while grower prices for fruit will decline between 5% and 6%. Read more on the expected declines from this Packer story.

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8/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
A new program from the U.S. Potato Board aims to increase potato consumption in the nation's schools. Find out more on the program from this Packer story.

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8/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
A new study from the University of Iowa confirms that many consumers choose local food for reasons beyond flavor and freshness. Read more on the findings of the study from this Packer story.

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8/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
The weather has been mostly friendly to potato growers in the Red River Valley this growing season. But with harvest nearing and many fields short of moisture, rain is needed badly, farmers and industry officials say. Read more on the crop from this Potato Grower article.

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8/21/2015 12:00:00 AM
Local farmers are trying to breed a new potato, specific to the Red River Valley. They gathered at Hoverson Farms in Larimore to compare research. To keep up with the competition across the country, farmers said they want to find new potatoes that work well in the Red River Valley. "They'll use that for either a release or they'll use it for breeding to make other, you know cross them, but that's what we're looking for is to get a variety like that," said Carl Hoverson, owner of Hoverson Farms. Farmers today compared several of, what they call, trial potatoes. "Today we are focusing on processing potatoes that are grown under irrigation both those for frozen processing, which would include French fries, but also those for the chip processing market," said Susie Thompson, Potato Breeder and NDSU Associate Professor.

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8/21/2015 12:00:00 AM
INKSTER, N.D. - The weather has been mostly friendly to area potato farmers this growing season. But with harvest nearing and many fields short of moisture, rain is needed badly, farmers and industry officials say. "We have a promising crop. But many of our fields have gone quite a while without rain, and they really could use some within the next week," especially after a mid-August heat wave in which temperatures shot into the 90s, said Andy Robinson, extension potato agronomist for North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. Robinson was among the roughly 175 people who attended the annual Potato Field Day on Thursday.

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8/21/2015 12:00:00 AM
Late blight experts have hosted workshops to educate potato growers how to properly store their crops to avoid exacerbating late blight infections in storage. Read more on the workshops from this Capital Press article.

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8/21/2015 12:00:00 AM
A source with SunRain Potato Varieties says oddball potato varieties are the latest trend in the growing fresh, specialty market. Read more on the growing interest in the oddball varieties from this Capital Press article.

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8/21/2015 12:00:00 AM
Idaho's pale cyst nematode erradication program has begun utilizing a nightshade family member, litchi tomato, on a commercial scale as a so-called trap crop to stimulate cyst hatching in the absence of a viable host. Read more on the trap crop from this Capital Press article.

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