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Potato Conference Starts Tuesday In the Tri-Cities
Potato Conference Starts Tuesday In the Tri-Cities
Potato Conference Starts Tuesday In the Tri-Cities
The 2023 Washington & Oregon Potato Conference gets underway Tuesday at the Three Rivers Convention Center in the Tri-Cities.  Tressa Radach Newton with the Washington state Potato Commission said one of the newest features that they are most excited about, is not a new feature.  She said th...
NW Commodities Mixed In 2022
NW Commodities Mixed In 2022
NW Commodities Mixed In 2022
2022 was a mixed year for many of the Northwest’s largest commodities.   All wheat planted in Idaho totaled 1.16 million acres, down 6% from 2021.   Harvested area, at 1.08 million acres, is down 5% from the previous year.   All wheat product...
Idaho Cash Receipts Expected To Be Higher Than National Average
Idaho Cash Receipts Expected To Be Higher Than National Average
Idaho Cash Receipts Expected To Be Higher Than National Average
Total U.S. farm cash receipts are forecast to increase 24% in 2022 compared with 2021.  But total farm production expenses are also expected to be way up this year compared with last year.  Sean Ellis with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation said the picture is a rosier in the Gem State.   “Idaho far...
McKalip Is Confident He Can Expand Overseas Market Access
McKalip Is Confident He Can Expand Overseas Market Access
McKalip Is Confident He Can Expand Overseas Market Access
Doug McKalip, was confirmed as President Biden’s Chief Ag Trade Negotiator with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office just before Christmas.  He now faces a huge challenge to expand overseas market access.  It’s not a new issue for McKalip, who has roughly 30 years’ experience at USDA, including as an advisor to Secretary Vilsack.   “Recently at USDA, I helped spearh...
Wilbur-Ellis: Now Is The Time To Fight Resistant Weeds
Wilbur-Ellis: Now Is The Time To Fight Resistant Weeds
Wilbur-Ellis: Now Is The Time To Fight Resistant Weeds
It’s a familiar message across the region and across the country.  Resistant weeds continue to move across farm country, threatening yields as well as profits.  Brittany Pearson, sales Agronomist with Wilbur-Ellis, says as producers prepare for the upcoming growing season, they need to take proactive measures to keep challenging weeds from taking hold this spring.  She noted despite how p... Read
Northwest Potato, Sugarbeet Production Off
Northwest Potato, Sugarbeet Production Off
Northwest Potato, Sugarbeet Production Off
According to NASS, area row crops are smaller this year.   Potato production in Oregon is forecast at 25.3 million cwt., down 4% from the previous year. Harvested area, at 42,900 acres, is down 900 acres from 2021. Yield is expected to be 590 cwt. per...
UI Researcher Looks To Minimize Potato Post-Harvest Losses
UI Researcher Looks To Minimize Potato Post-Harvest Losses
UI Researcher Looks To Minimize Potato Post-Harvest Losses
A new assistant professor at the University of Idaho is trying to tackle a big problem before the potato industry; reducing post-harvest losses.  Gustavo Teixeria said as the global population continues to increase, and resources become more limited, it’s vital that post-harvest losses are minimized or removed.   "The o...
Help For Potato Plant May Come From Tomatoes, UI Says
Help For Potato Plant May Come From Tomatoes, UI Says
Help For Potato Plant May Come From Tomatoes, UI Says
University of Idaho researchers are introducing genes from a specific plant into potatoes, in an effort to develop spuds that are resistant to harmful nematodes.  The litchi tomato, has a natural resistance to several species of nematodes, which are also known as round worms.  Nematod...

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