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Potato researcher warns of new disease threat
Potato researcher warns of new disease threat
Some growers in Idaho are concerned about a bacterial disease of potatoes long found in Europe, called dickeya, that is now spreading throughout the U.S.

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Simplot plans GMO-only seed potato farms
J.R. Simplot Co. hopes to work with farmers willing to raise no other potatoes aside from the company's Innate line of biotech seed on their seed farms.
Are pumpkin seeds a viable crop for the Treasure Valley?
Are pumpkin seeds a viable crop for the Treasure Valley?
Researchers and individual farmers in the Treasure Valley area who are experimenting with growing pumpkin seeds for the snack market reported mixed results this year. But they still think the crop could be a promising addition to local rotations.
Biochar conference explores its use in forestry, agriculture
Biochar conference explores its use in forestry, agriculture
Oregon State University is hosting a conference on biochar, which shows promise as a soil amendment.
St. John farm family honored for 60 years of variety trials
St. John farm family honored for 60 years of variety trials
The Mills family of St. John, Wash., received a plaque from Washington State University for offering land for variety trials for 60 years during a field day on Mac Mills' farm July 14.
OSU suggests later application to control thrips
OSU suggests later application to control thrips
An Oregon State University field trial is finding that if onion growers use one of their most effective pesticides a little later in the season, they could have more successful controlling onion thrips.
Scientists find evidence of new Stone Age farming population
Scientists who analyzed ancient human remains found in the Zagros mountains of present-day Iran say several groups developed agriculture at about the same time.
OSU hires new Seed Laboratory manager
David Stimpson will start in his new position July 29. He replaces Adriel Garay, who retired Dec. 31
Grant pays for potato shipping study
Grant pays for potato shipping study
Specialty crop block grants have been awarded to three potato projects, including a new Idaho Potato Commission project to improve conditions for fresh potato shipments heading abroad.
Idaho researchers creating ‘IdaBot,’ an autonomous utility robot
Idaho researchers creating ‘IdaBot,’ an autonomous utility robot
Northwest Nazarene University researchers in Idaho are trying to develop a low-cost robotic platform for specialty crop growers.
WSU field day will feature new malting barley varieties
Washington State University will show off new malting barley varieties during a field day July 15.

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