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Jake Blauer joins WSU’s potato research group

Jake Blauer joins WSU’s potato research group

March 02, 2021
Jake Blauer is the newly hired post-harvest potato physiologist at Washington State University.
Supported by potato industry stakeholders, Washington State University expands research on soil health

Supported by potato industry stakeholders, Washington State University expands research on soil health

November 13, 2020
Launching new research in support of Washington potato growers, Washington State University is partnering with industry leaders to study healthier, more sustainable, and productive soils.
The WSU study estimates the reduced potato acreage lowers production by 13% or 729,120 tons of potatoes, equivalent to the weight of about 76 Space Needles.

Economic hit of COVID-19 to the Washington State Potato Sector estimated at USD 1 Billion

September 11, 2020
A WSU study has estimated the 2020 economic losses from potato production and processing in Washington. The demand shocks of COVID-19 resulted in a hit of roughly $1 billion dollars in gross state product.
In french fry heartland, spring turns bitter as coronavirus cuts into global demand

In french fry heartland, spring turns bitter as coronavirus cuts into global demand

May 12, 2020
This year, this is a season when dreams die. Due to an epic potato glut that imploded his market, he has decided to do what was once unthinkable — destroy part of his crop rather than sink more dollars into cultivation.
2020 Potato contract negotiations underway

2020 Potato contract negotiations underway

January 07, 2020
Negotiations are underway for next year’s potato grower contracts in Washington.
Japan's Upper House Approves Historic U.S.- Japan Agreement on Agricultural Trade

Japan's Upper House Approves Historic U.S.- Japan Agreement on Agricultural Trade

December 04, 2019
The National Potato Council cheered the passage of the U.S.- Japan Agreement on Agricultural Trade by Japan’s Upper House.
After backing out of an original offer entirely, the Oregon Potato Company now offers to purchase a single NORPAC facility

After backing out of an original offer entirely, the Oregon Potato Company now offers to purchase a single NORPAC facility

November 17, 2019
US Farmer cooperative NORPAC Foods filed a motion in bankruptcy court Friday afternoon to sell its Quincy, Washington, plant for USD 93.5 million to Oregon Potato Company.
Voigt: 2019 Crop Not Large, But Great Quality

Voigt: 2019 Washington Crop Not Large, But Great Quality

November 01, 2019
As potato harvest starts to wrap up across the Northwest, how does the 2019 crop look?
US Potato Growers Asked To Watch For Tuber Moth As Harvest Approaches

US Potato Growers Asked To Watch For Tuber Moth As Harvest Approaches

October 08, 2019
Its harvest time for many in the potato industry, and those not quite to that point, harvest will be here before you know it. Washington State University’s Tim Waters said growers need to continue to watch for pests.
WSU Researchers looking at nature itself for help to defend potatoes against threats

Looking for help in nature itself to defend potatoes against nematodes and scab

July 23, 2019
WSU plant pathologists Kiwamu Tanaka and Cynthia Gleason are exploring novel approaches to protect the potato crops against nematodes and scab - mobilizing nature itself.

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