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