Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

In the September 2012 Badger Common’Tater

The Badger Beat
By Dr. A.J. Bussan, UW-Madison Department of Horticulture
Five Years of Potato Storage Research: What Have We Learned?

Every day that I walk into the office I see the list of contributors to the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Storage Research Facility. The building opened in August of 2006 and we filled five of the nine bins the first year the system was operational. It is a mere five years later and the building has been filled to capacity every year since. Just as importantly, all the bills are paid.

The next thought that comes to mind is: What have we learned? My research program typically conducts 20 to 30 research trials every year inside of the SRF. We study everything from sugars to sprouts in potatoes and whatever we can in carrots and other vegetables. I thought I would take a few minutes to share with the industry what we have been researching in the building and a few tidbits about what we have learned to date. For the complete story, read the September 2012 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

WI Storage Research Facility

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Storage Research Facility.

Hancock Field Day
July 24, 2012
Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility and the UW Hancock Agricultural Research Station

Amanda Gevens & Mary LeMere

UW Plant Pathologist Dr. Amanda Gevens (left) describes some of the research projects being conducted at the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility located at the UW Hancock Agricultural Research Station. At right is Storage Research Facility Manager Mary LeMere. Gevens said studies of post-harvest fungicides for the control of late blight and pink rot in storage showed that Syngenta’s Stadium performed very well, as did Phostrol and Mertect. She added that ozone in storage limited the progress of late blight externally. For more photos and descriptions of the Hancock Field Day, check out the September 2012 edition of The Badger Common’Tater.

Tour of the Water Issues of the Central Sands
August 6, 2012
Little Plover River Park, Plover, WI

Justin Isherwood

Justin Isherwood hosted a portion of the water tour on his farm in Plover, and pointed out that a stream running through his property is flowing very well in spite of record drought conditions. Isherwood also said a second book, titled “Walking on Water II” is now in the process of being written, and he welcomed ideas from any of the tour attendees. See the September issue of The Badger Common’Tater for more on the Tour of the Water Issues of the Central Sands.

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