Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

In the August 2013 Badger Common’Tater

Advancing the Wisconsin Idea:

An Update on the Research at the Hancock and Langlade Agricultural Research Stations

The Hancock and Langlade Agricultural Research Stations, administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, are hard at work investigating the art and science of potato growing. According to Superintendent Felix Navarro and Storage Research Manager Mary LeMere, research at the Hancock Research Station (HARS) has contributed significantly to agriculture in Wisconsin. “Projects include improved soil and crop management practices, post-harvest and storage management, better disease and pest monitoring and control, as well as new variety options in several crops,” Navarro said.

Dr. Jed Colquhoun

Pictured at the Langlade Ag Research Station, Dr. Jed Colquhoun of the UW Horticulture Dept. works on vine desiccation and weed control as well as sustainability issues.

For a detailed description of the many and varied potato research projects at these two stations, read the August 2013 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

What’s in your storage?

by Mary LeMere, Storage Research Manager, Hancock Agricultural Research Station

Umatilla Fry Sample

Umatilla fry sample on May 3, 2013 taken from a bulk bin at the Storage Research Facility. This bin stored well at 44°F with a USDA fry color value of 1.

Here we are in August and early harvest is underway for Wisconsin potato growers. Now is definitely the time to finalize plans for the storage season ahead. This year at the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility we will be looking at three chipping varieties, three processing russets, and for the first time ever, a bulk bin of carrots. For the full story, check out the Storage Setpoints feature in the August issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

WPVGA Associate Division Golf Outing

July 10, 2013
Lake Arrowhead Golf Course, Nekoosa, WI

1st Place – 59:  Ryan Hoffmeister, Tamas Houlihan, Alex Okray and Mike Toth

2nd Place – 61 (scorecard tie-breaker):  John Eckendorf, Michael Gatz, Lonnie Krogwold and Doug Posthuma

3rd Place – 61:  Andy Diercks, Steve Diercks, Dave Loken and Chuck McDaniels

4th Place – 62:  Abe Aberle, Larry Binning, Keith Kelling and Dick Wolkowski

Penney Hammer, Keith WolterKeith Wolter proves that it’s true that you drive for show and putt for dough. He is pictured with Penney Hammer of Progressive Ag of Fargo, North Dakota, who once again offered cash for any putt that was on the money. For more photos of the WPVGA Associate Division Golf Outing, get the August Badger Common’Tater magazine.

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