By Denise Keller | Potato Country
"Support from the Columbia Basin potato industry helped secure funding for a project studying soil health, now underway at Oregon State University (OSU). The work is part of a multi-state research project and one of several soil health projects covered at the OSU Potato Field Day, held June 26 at OSU's Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center."
Elevating potato research in Colorado and throughout the world
By Sarah Ehrlich | Potato Grower
“Farmers are scientists whether they want to say it or not,” Jahn said. “Oftentimes they are the first to know about a problem and do the science to see what might work. There’s value that you have as a researcher when you have a committed grower group who wants to help contribute to make your science go farther.”
By Anne Manning | Colorado State University
"The project’s aim is to marshal interstate expertise to fully understand all factors affecting soil health and soil-borne potato diseases, which account for half of all annual U.S. potato crop losses. In the U.S., potatoes are grown on more than 1 million acres in 30 states, with a farm-to-gate value of $4 billion. The top producing states, comprising four major growing regions, include: Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine and Colorado."
Multimillion-dollar research initiative aims to give growers concrete advice on improving soil health
By Scott Stuntz | Spudman
"Unlike other efforts, this project is aimed specifically at improving soil health in growing potatoes. In addition, the project will also specifically focus on the economic viability of different practices and will engage growers on their adoption."