The Michigan Potato Industry Commission is proud of our rich tradition to conduct necessary research that has allowed for the expansion of the potato industry in Michigan. While our research includes basic research on nutrient and pest management, it goes to another level through our ability to demonstrate to Michigan potato growers the proper techniques to expand their long term storage.
Construction of our first demonstration storage facility was completed in 2000, with a second facility constructed in 2009. The facilities became a reality as a result of funds from Michigan potato growers and through USDA grants. The ability to store at a commercial scale provides growers with the ability to see first-hand the effects of climate variables on potatoes in storage.
Today we continue to test new varieties at the facilities and are also focusing much of our efforts on the long-term viability of potato production in Michigan. Efforts to understand the effects of potato production on soil health, the identification of ways to reduce water usage and identify best management practices for potato production continue to be in our sights.