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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 15, 2017 Market Report (3/15/2017)  

Market Report
March 15, 2017

Contract chip potato movement has started to pick up. Plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes, though a few companies are running short on contracted raw product. At this point there appears to be a tight balance between contract supplies and industry needs.

All eyes in the chip potato industry are focused on Florida weather. Temperatures in the Hastings District will approach freezing tonight. Potatoes are in bloom – much too large to cover up. A slight shift in temperatures could result in severe damage to this year’s crop. The situation in Live Oak is even more precarious. The crop is not as far advanced as it is in Hastings, but temperatures are forecast to drop below 27º F for two to four hours. That could result in major damage to the 4,500 acres of potatoes that are growing in that part of the state.

US fresh potato shipments for the week ending March 11, 2017 totaled 1.826 million cwt. That is up from 1.726 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2016. Michigan packers shipped 38,950 cwt of table potatoes during the week ending March 11. That is down from 51,545 cwt a year earlier. This year’s Michigan shipments were 61.2% Russets, 33.9% Round White varieties, 3.9% Yellow potatoes, and 1.0% Red potatoes.

Michigan shippers are selling 10# bags of size A Russet potatoes for mostly $1.70-$1.90 per bag, down from $1.80-$1.90 a week ago. 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 per 50# box, up from $8.00-$9.00 at this time last week. The weighted average shipping price for Idaho Norkotahs is $9.62 per cwt, up from $9.27 a week ago.

Maine packers are selling 2-inch minimum Round White potatoes in 5/10# film bags for $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 $24.00-$24.25 per 50# box, unchanged from 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.