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 Commission Approves 2017 Research Proposals (3/15/2017)  

Commission approves 2017 research proposals
March 15, 2017

As spring approaches and potato growers across Michigan prepare for another crop season, the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) and researchers at Michigan State University are preparing for another season of focused potato research.

This year’s research continues to focus on the industry’s priorities including further understanding of key nutrient uptake and optimization, variety development, pest and disease management and optimizing soil health in potato systems.

The Commission has approved $170,500 to directed to 11 projects.

According to Mike Wenkel, Executive Director of MPIC, “we are excited about the addition of remote sensing and technology into some of this year’s research along with the efforts to continue understanding the interaction of potato varieties with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and how we can reduce inputs while maintaining yields.”

“The potato research team at MSU is an amazing group that continues to focus on how they can work together to address the needs of the industry from a system approach,” Wenkel continued, “we appreciate their commitment to improving the industry along with our grower’s dedication to identifying industry challenges.”

 Project Title Team Leader
 Remote sensing to quantify spatial variability of crop nitrogen status and to optimize N fertilizer in potato fields Bruno Basso 
 On-Farm Soil Health Research:  With Special Reference to Bio-Based Systems George Bird 
 Enhancing potato quality through genetic improvement and variety development David Douches 
 Targeted research within Michigan's Upper Peninsula to meet producer's needs and increase growth within the potato industry  Monica Jean
 Improving productivity and sustainability in potato production systems by increasing cropping system diversity Chris Long 
 Screening of novel russet varieties for adaptation to a Michigan production environment Chris Long 
 Screening of yellow flesh and red skinned potato varieties for adaptation to a Michigan production environment Chris Long 
 Integrated management of soil and seed-borne diseases and foliar and tuber diseases of potato crops in Michigan in relation to environment and host specificity Noah Rosenzweig 
 Crop rotations and organic amendments to reduce soil-borne disease severity  Noah Rosenzweig
Kurt Steinke
 Improving resource use efficiency in potato soil fertility and plant nutrition systems Kurt Steinke 
 Building climate variability into models that forcast pest pressure on potato and developing strategies for managing potato pests in the face of extreme weather  Zsophia Szendrei
William Wetzel


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March 22, 2017 

Last week’s freeze caused spotty damage in Florida’s Hastings district. Crops on the north end of the district experienced heavier damage than crops further south. The crop should come back. However, local observers indicate that the freeze will push back first-dig dates to late April. That is close to normal, but chip potato buyers had been counting on a mid-April start date for this year’s crop. Reports indicate that damage at Live Oak was much more serious. The first fields were in bloom, and the freeze burned plants back severely. While the plants will come back, harvest will be delayed and yields are likely to be well below average. Florida has been exceptionally dry this year, which has put stress on the potato crop, apart from the impact of last week’s freeze.

Chip potato harvest is ramping up in central Florida this week and next week. The cold weather did not affect those potatoes. However, yields may not be much better than average, due to dry weather throughout the growing season. Chip companies are pushing growers for an early start, which might reduce final yields even more. In addition, it is possible that the central Florida crop will clean up before the Hastings crop is ready to harvest.

US fresh potato shipments for the week ending March 18, 2017 totaled 1.857 million cwt. That is down from 1.859 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2016. Michigan packers shipped 49,800 cwt of table potatoes during the week ending March 18. That is up from 45,520 cwt a year earlier. This year’s Michigan shipments were 54.0% Russets, 39.6% Round White varieties, 5.6% Yellow potatoes, and 0.8% Red potatoes.

Michigan shippers are selling 10# bags of size A Russet potatoes for mostly $1.70-$1.90 per bag, unchanged for the week. Wisconsin packers are selling size A Russet potatoes in 10# bags for mostly $6.50-$7.00 per 50# bale, unchanged for the week. They are selling Russet 40-70 count cartons for mostly $$9.00-$9.50 per 50# box, up from $9.00 at this time last week. The weighted average shipping price for Idaho Norkotahs is $10.19 per cwt, up from $9.62 a week ago.

Maine packers are selling 2-inch minimum Round White potatoes in 5/10# film bags for mostly $8.00-$8.50 per bale, unchanged for the week. Florida packers are selling new-crop 50# cartons of size A Round White potatoes for mostly $22.25 per 50# box, down from $24.00-$24.25 at this time last week.

This information comes from Bruce Huffaker, publisher of North American Potato Market News. This weekly newsletter has more complete potato market information. For subscription information call (208) 525-8397, fax (208) 525-8569, write 2690 N Rough Stone Way, Meridian ID  83646, or e-mail napmn@napmn.com.