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2018 Potato Research Underway

Nathan Chesher  | Published on 5/9/2018
As potato growers across Michigan are underway planting their crops, so too are the many researchers from Michigan State University that have received finding from the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC).
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 $174,325 to directed to 13 projects.

According to Mike Wenkel, Executive Director of MPIC, “we are excited about the addition of remote sensing and controlling volunteer potatoes to the research along with the key long-term research areas.”
“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 added, “we appreciate their commitment to improving the industry along with our grower’s dedication to identifying industry challenges.”

2018 Industry Funded Research

Team Leader

Proposal Title

Basso, Bruno

Remote sensing to quantify spatial variability of crop nitrogen (N) status and optimize N fertilizer in potato fields

Burns, Erin

Evaluating synergistic interactions between HPPD inhibiting herbicides and atrazine for volunteer potato control

Wetzel, William

Determining insect and disease impacts on potatoes and developing strategies for sustainable management in the face of extreme weather events

Long, Chris

Improving productivity and sustainability in potato production systems by increasing cropping system diversity

Willbur, J.F.

Improving potato disease management through pathogen monitoring and integrated tools for growers

Douches, Dave

Enhancing potato quality through genetic improvement and variety development

Rosenzweig, N

Integrated management of soil and seed-borne diseases, and foliar and tuber diseases of potato crops in MI

Rosenzweig, N

Crop rotations and organic amendments to reduce soil-borne disease severity

Steinke, Kurt

Nutrient use efficiencies and recommendations for potato soil fertility and plant nutrition

Quintanilla, M

Evaluation of potato early die complex management using custom compost blends and nematicides

Tiemann, Lisa

Re-establishing soil microbial communities and soil health after discontinuation of soil fumigation

Jean, Monica

Targeted research within Michigan's Upper Peninsula to meet producer's needs and increase growth within the potato industry

Long, Chris

Screening of novel russet varieties for adaptation to a MI production environment

Long, Chris

Screening of yellow flesh and red skinned potato varieties for adaptation to a MI production environment


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