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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
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
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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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Actual cropland returns in 2013 and projected returns in 2014 and 2015 are considerably below returns from 2010 through 2012. In many cases, projected 2015 returns will be lower than current cash rents, likely require renegotiating for lower cash rents. Read more on these renegotiations from this Farmdoc Daily article.

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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
The "walls" of dark green corn as the crop begins its push to fill grain and make yield is always an inspiring sight, and the 2014 crop is the best Emerson Nafziger has seen at this stage of development. Read more on the makings of a good crop from this Bulletin article.

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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
From a field crop entomology perspective, this summer remains exceptionally quiet across most areas of Illinois. Japanese beetle and soybean aphid densities have remained very low, seemingly near absent in many fields. Read more on the quiet insect season from this Bulletin article.

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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
A journal article published recently (July 2014) confirms that rotation resistant and rotation susceptible western corn rootworms are affected by Bt root tissue in a similar fashion. Read more on these findings from this Bulletin article.

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7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Round, Roma, Plum, and Grape: Continued plentiful supplies for mature green round tomatoes in Central California, prices have firmed for Roma's and Vine Ripes in San Diego (from Baja California). Steady availability for Eastern growers.

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