News January 2024, North America, Seed

A new era in seed potato production: Collaborative efforts to boost seed potato quality in Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a new partner to improve the efficiency of seed potato production at the Starks Early Generation Seed Potato Farm in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The farm, part of the university’s Seed Potato Certification Program, produces early generation seed potatoes for Wisconsin producers and other farmers for a fee, as Nicole Miller at the University of Wisconsin-Madison writes in an article published on Agri-View.

This past fall, a group of four seed potato growers including Eagle River Seed Farm, Baginski Farms, Schroeder Brothers Farms and J.W. Mattek & Sons joined together into the Wisconsin Potato Coalition to assume operations of planting, growing and harvesting seed at the Starks Farm for crop year 2023 and beyond. The growers have decades of production and business experience between them.

Under the new arrangement, the private Wisconsin Potato Coalition will manage the approximately 100 acres of early generation seed potatoes along with several hundred acres of rotation crops. The Wisconsin Potato Coalition’s goal is to provide clean early-generation foundation seed to the Wisconsin potato industry.

University scientists and inspectors with the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program will continue to utilize their expertise in plant pathogens, disease management and diagnostics to perform the early steps in the seed potato production process and to oversee overall testing and certification for the program.

Source: Agri-View. Read the full article here
Photo: Potato plants are seen at the Lelah Starks Elite Foundation Seed Potato Farm west of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Credit UW-Madison

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