Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

In the October 2013 Badger Common’Tater

A Few Good Spuds: Small Packs and Specialty Potatoes Grow in Popularity

Today’s consumer culture has seen a shift toward convenience and quickness. Pre-packaged foods and ready-to-eat meals have become staples of the American diet. Several Wisconsin potato packing sheds have tapped into this market to sell their specialty spuds to the on-the-go consumer. Read the full article in the October 2013 edition of The Badger Common’Tater magazine.

Willow Creek Gold

Among the new signature varieties offered by RPE, Bancroft, Wisconsin, is Willow Creek Gold, a creamy, premium potato.

Potatoes in the Spotlight
at 27th Annual Spud Bowl
September 7, 2013

UW-Stevens Point 49, Rockford University 20
Pointers’ record improves to 23-4 in Spud Bowl games
82 Runners Take Part in First Annual Spud Run

Brian Jensen

Brian Jensen of Stevens Point gets a high five from Penelope Potato after winning the inaugural Spud Run 5K race held prior to the Spud Bowl. Jensen posted a winning time of 17:31.3.

Chet Biadasz

Chet Biadasz volunteered to fry over 500 servings of French Fries which were donated by McCain Foods USA, Plover.

Carole Gagas and Dianne Somers

Carole Gagas of Gagas Farms, Custer, is pictured with Dianne Somers of Plover River Farms, Stevens Point. Carole and her husband, Cliff, baked the potatoes which were donated by Plover River Farms and wrapped in foil by Paragon Specialties (a sister-company of Wysocki Produce Farm).

For complete Spud Bowl coverage, check out the October 2013 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

The Badger Beat

By Dr. Amanda J. Gevens, Vegetable Plant Pathologist, UW-Madison, Dept. of Plant Pathology

Unpacking Late Blight

In each of the past five production seasons, late blight has been the unwanted baggage on the potato production journey in most of the major U.S. growing regions. A look back at the journey and an unpacking of the disease provides perspective and helps in prescribing enhanced management in future years. For complete details, see The Badger Beat column in the October 2013 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

Dr. Amanda Gevens

UW Plant Pathologist Dr. Amanda Gevens provides a potato disease update at the Antigo Field Days event. Gevens said that late-season potato late blight disease management practices should include continuing fungicide applications until harvest.

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