Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

In the January 2012 Badger Common’Tater

Show Me The Spuds:

Annual Industry Show and Grower Conference Set for January 31-February 2

Scab management, storage management, seed management; tractors, planters, harvesters: it’s a spud lover’s smorgasbord.

The biggest event in the Wisconsin potato industry is set for January 31 to February 2, 2012 at the Holiday Inn, Stevens Point.  The WPVGA/UW Extension Grower Education Conference and 63rd Annual Industry Show allow the entire industry to converge and network under one roof.  For complete details on the Annual Conference, Show and Banquet, check out the January 2012 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

2011 Industry Show

WPVGA Executive Director Duane Maatz visits the booth of the Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary at the 2011 WPVGA Industry Show. Working the booth are Auxiliary President Lynn Isherwood (left) and Secretary-Treasurer Kathy Bartsch.

Update on the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility                      

By Mary LeMere, Interim Superintendent, UW-Hancock Agricultural Research Station

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility has entered its fifth year with the start of this storage season.  The facility is as busy as ever with seven bulk pile research bins and over 100 pallets of research potatoes associated with nine different programs in climate-controlled lockers.  Read the full story in The Badger Beat column in the January 2012 edition of The Badger Common’Tater.

Badger Beat

Amber Gotch and Mary LeMere are shown conducting sugar analyses in the lab at the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility.

Introducing Lelah and Accumulator

SpudPro Committee Names New Wisconsin Potato Varieties

Two new potato lines developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Potato Breeding Program now have names.  The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association SpudPro Committee conducted a contest to come up with the best names for these two outstanding new short and long storage Wisconsin chipping potatoes.  After reviewing a list of over 100 suggested names, the Committee voted on two winners:  Lelah (for W2717-5) and Accumulator (for W2324-1).  Read the January issue of The Badger Common’Tater for more details.

Lelah Tubers

Accumulator Tubers

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