Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

In the March 2012 Badger Common’Tater

Fred & Kathryne Meyer and Skip Tenpas Enter WPVGA Hall of Fame

Fred & Kathryne Meyer

Fred & Kathryne Meyer

Howard "Skip" Tenpas

Howard "Skip" Tenpas

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Hall of Fame honors lifetime achievement in the development of the state’s potato industry.  It is the intention of the WPVGA to continue to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the potato industry in Wisconsin by making annual Hall of Fame inductions.  The 2012 inductees include Fred and Kathryne Meyer, the founders of Red Dot Foods; and Howard “Skip” Tenpas, owner of Central Sands Buildings.  Read the full story in the March 2012 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

WPVGA Presents Annual Industry Awards

In addition to its annual Hall of Fame inductions, the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association presented several other annual industry awards at a banquet held February 1, 2012 in Stevens Point.  Among the industry award winners are:  Larry Alsum, Paul Sowinski, Alex Crockford, Bill Zelinski, Brenda Bula, Louis Wysocki, Bob Coltman, Kevin Bula, Kirk Wille and Jeremie Pavelski.  For all the details, please see the March 2012 edition of The Badger Common’Tater magazine.

Kirk Wille and Louis Wysocki

Kirk Wille presents the President’s Award to Louis Wysocki.

The Badger Beat

Groundhog Day for the Colorado Potato Beetle: When Will They Emerge? 

By Anders S. Huseth and Russell L. Groves, University of Wisconsin, Department of Entomology  As I write this Badger Beat it is but a few days following Groundhog Day.  And on this day, celebrated on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil saw his darned old shadow and winter will now endure until the vernal equinox (specifically March 20, 2012, at 12:14 A.M. (CDT).  This, of course, begs the question, “Do insects, and specifically the Colorado potato beetles in the Central Sands, watch to see what Phil prognosticates?”  In many ways, this question has helped us to formulate one of our more recent research questions.  Specifically, are populations of the Colorado potato beetle emerging from overwintering at very predictable times, or are emergence times becoming protracted over longer and longer intervals.  To find out more, read The Badger Beat column in the March 2012 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.  

Colorado Potato Beetle

Predicting the emergence phenology of adult Colorado potato beetles incorporates daily high and low temperatures instead of simply using calendar dates.

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