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Andy Robinson

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Research Reporting Conference, International Crop Expo, & International Potato Scout School

Every year the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) Research Reporting Conference and the International Crop Expo provide many opportunities to learn about current research and topics of interest for the potato producers. This year we have three programs to offer, the Research Reporting Conference, International Crop Expo, and International Potato Scout School. The meetings start on February 17 and go to the 19th in Grand Forks, ND at the Alerus Center and Canad Inn.

Every year the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) Research Reporting Conference and the International Crop Expo provide many opportunities to learn about current research and topics of interest for the potato producers. This year we have added an additional program, Potato Scout School to provide a more general training on potato production. We have an excellent list of speakers and topics for everyone to enjoy and gather ideas on how to improve their production practices and manage potential upcoming challenges. There will be CEU credits available for most of the sessions.

The Research Reporting Conference will cover research that has been funded by the NPPGA and MN Area II Potato Council and completed this past year. All the potato researchers from NDSU and some from the University of Minnesota will be presenting some great information. There are many exciting topics and reports that will be given by great speakers. As is always the case, the Research Reporting Conference will be followed by the NPPGA growers meeting at 3:30 pm and that will be followed by the Chairman’s Banquet at 6:30 pm.

The potato section of the International Crop Expo is going to feature a variety of topics. Updates will be given from the National Potato Council, United States Potato Board, and the United Potato Growers of America. Simplot will talk about the commercialization of Innate potatoes, which have recently been deregulated by the USDA. This will be a good opportunity to learn more and ask questions about this new technology. A new sustainable fertilizer, Crystal Green will be discussed. Studies have been ongoing for the past three growing season in potatoes. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Phil Nolte who is the Extension Seed Potato Specialist and Seed Potato Pathologist at the University of Idaho. He will be giving an update on PVY and also discuss skin set and wound healing. Dr. Neil Gudmestad will present on tuber necrosis viruses, which are increasing. We will finish the presentations with a “Stump the Docs” panel. This is where the audience will have the opportunity to ask any question about potato production. Please come with those questions you would like to ask but just haven’t had the chance to inquire about. If you would like to submit a question before the meeting, please email it to Andrew.p.robinson@ndsu.edu.

Research Reporting Conference Schedule (pdf)

International Crop Expo Schedule (pdf)

Potato Scout School Schedule (pdf)

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