Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

In the July 2012 Badger Common’Tater

8th World Potato Congress:  Think Global – Win Local
May 27-30, 2012
Edinburgh, Scotland

Allan Parker, President of the World Potato Congress, welcomed all delegates to the 8th World Potato Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland.  “I’m confident you will benefit from your decision to join key players in the global potato industry,” Parker said.  “There are over 800 delegates attending from more than 50 counties, embracing the theme, ‘Think Global, Win Local.’ Hopefully, the WPC can help steer us toward answers to serious issues such as climate change and sustainability, and to questions such as ‘how do we ensure that people, from a very early age, have an introduction to this healthy, nutritious food?’”

For complete coverage of the 8th World Potato Congress, check out the July 2012 edition of The Badger Common’Tater.

WPCA Awards

Men in Kilts--The Directors of the World Potato Congress, Inc. include: Front row (L-R)--Romain Cools; Ghislain Pelletier; Allan Parker, President; John Coady, General Manager; and John Griffin, Secretary; Back Row-- Albert Wada; John MacQuarrie, Treasurer; Dr. Hubert Zandstra; and David Thompson, Vice-President.

WPCA Awards - Pizzolis

The world potato industry’s lifetime achievement award winner Ennio Pizzoli (right) and his wife, Lucia (left) are pictured with Nick and Dianne Somers along with Ennio’s son, Nicola Pizzoli (second from right).

Storage Setpoints

By Amanda Gevens, Assistant Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Plant Pathology

Utility of Post-Harvest Fungicides in Potato Disease Control:  Updates from “Locker 9”

The use of fungicides on tubers entering potato storage can be effective in managing disease, but are only supplemental to good control of disease in the production field and good control of the basic components of quality storage: temperature, humidity, and airflow control.  A careful balance of conditions to promote both good storage and disease control is essential, but often challenging as warm temperatures (50-55ºF) and moist air are necessary for wound healing, but promote rapid breakdown of tubers by several pathogens.

To read about the results of studies on post-harvest fungicides, read the July 2012 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

Walking the Walk:  WPVGA Sponsors Walk Wisconsin

The Wisconsin potato industry was once again a major sponsor of the eighth annual Walk Wisconsin, which was held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Stevens Point. A non-competitive event, participants can walk either a marathon, half-marathon or quarter-marathon on Stevens Point’s beautiful Green Circle Trail.  There are also two kid’s walks, of 1.3 and 2.6 miles.

For photos and more about this Powered by Potatoes event, see the July 2012 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

Walk WI PbP Team A group including several Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes walkers prepares to participate in this year’s Walk Wisconsin.  Pictured are (L-R) Susan Spry, Elizabeth Spry, Stephanie Haka, John Eckendorf (Spud City Sales), Terry Spry, Jackson Eckendorf, Bennett Eckendorf ( age 6!), Karen Sroda, Sue Skrzeczkoski, Carolyn Iwanski and Angie Jakusz.  The former Chairman of the WPVGA Promotions Committee, John Eckendorf has turned the Walk Wisconsin event into a family affair, as Susan Spry, Carolyn Iwanski and Angie Jakusz are his sisters, Terry Spry is his brother-in-law, Elizabeth Spry is his niece, and Jackson and Bennett are his sons.

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