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Washington and Oregon Potatoes: 2018 business updates

Oregon-potato-field-commisionThe Oregon Potato Commission is devoting 45% of its dollars to applied research for growers, said Bill Brewer, executive director of the Portland-based commission. Scientists are trying to figure out how to solve particular pest problems that growers face, he said. With acreage about steady, growing conditions have been excellent this year for russet norkotahs near Pasco, Wash., said Ralph Schwartz, vice president of sales with Potandon Produce, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Columbia Basin crop conditions are favorable for Troutdale, Ore.-based Strebin Farms LLC, according to Dan Strebin, owner and manager of the operations. Though overall acreage is steady, Dale Hayton, sales manager for Valley Pride Sales, Burlington, Wash., said the company may harvest a few more gold and white potatoes and fewer red potatoes. The Washington Potato Commission plans to promote the athletic performance benefits of potatoes. Read more

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