Potato Bytes  July 17, 2018

News from Northern Plains Potato Growers Association
Serving the potato industry in North Dakota  and Northwest Minnesota 

Coming Events @ a Glance

July 18-20
Leavenworth, WA
July 19
NPPGA Golf Open
Park River, ND
Aug. 23
NPPGA Field Day
Larimore, Inkster & Hoople, ND
Aug. 24-25
Barnesville, MN
Sept. 18-22
Grand Forks, ND

40th Annual NPPGA Golf Open Tees Off in Park River on Thursday!
  • Hillcrest Country Club in Park River, ND
  • Thursday, July 19th
  • Register at the clubhouse beginning at 9:00 AM
  • Shotgun start at 10:00 AM sharp!  
  • Cost: $60 per person for 18 holes and a steak dinner; $40 for golf only$25 for steak dinner only
  • Free food and drink in the Potato Associates tent!
  • Many flight play prizes and door prizes!
  • Chance to win $10,000 for a hole in one!
  • Cart rentals are limited - call 701-284-6733 to reserve
  • Questions?  Call Diane at 218-773-3633 
  • Download the flyer for more information. See you there!
Chance to meet Donavon Johnson, NPPGA's new president!

President Trump
New Tariffs Cause Congress and Industry to React
From the NPC

Last week the Trump Administration announced that they were preparing an additional $200 billion in tariffs against China in an escalating trade war.  The potato industry has already been impacted by retaliatory tariffs in response to previous actions against steel and aluminum and against China directly due to unfair trade practicies.  This retaliation against the potato industry primarily involves frozen fries to Mexico.  China's action against seed and fresh potatoes was muted due to lack of market access.
As the list of retaliatory tariffs increases and more U.S. agricultural export markets are restricted, it has caused both industry and Congress to seek some type of short term response.  NPC and a group of other specialty crop interests met with USDA officials last week to advise them of the export losses and also explore the government tools that might be available to mitigate the impact.  
"The primary message is that we want all sides to get back to the negotiating table and remove these tariffs.  During the Mexican trucking dispute, the potato industry experienced first hand the type of long term impact these tariff disruptions can cause," said John Keeling.
Also the Senate passed a non-binding resolution 88-11 that instructs members negotiating an appropriations bill to include enabling language to constrain the President's ability to escalate the trade war further.  It is unlikely that this language will be enacted, as it would require the President's signature or a veto override.  However the effort is a clear indication of the concern that Members of Congress are feeling as the tariffs increase and the November elections draw closer. 

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NDDA: Farmers Encouraged to Take Survey on Possible Dicamba Damage

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is gathering information on plant damage that may have been caused by the in-crop use of the herbicide Dicamba on soybeans.

"Although we've had fewer complaints than last year, there have been reports of potential off-target Dicamba applications," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "In an effort to understand the amount of injury, those who suspect Dicamba damage are encouraged to complete our survey to help us quantify the number of potential reports and acres affected."

June 30 was the last date that Dicamba applications could be made in the state in accordance with North Dakota-specific protocols put into place this year. The results of the survey will help determine how effective the protocols were in minimizing off-target movement.

The survey may be found at www.nd.gov/ndda/dicamba-survey.

Information gathered from the survey is anonymous, will not be used for pesticide enforcement against applicators and no penalties will be issued based on it. Those wishing to file a formal pesticide complaint should contact NDDA at 701-328-2231.

Goehring encouraged those with damage to follow up with the chemical representative for the product that was used, if known.
NASS Potato Crop Report for July 15th

North Dakota, Minnesota Potatoes Over 94% Good to Excellent


Additional NASS potato comments: North Dakota Potatoes blooming was 87 percent, well ahead of 32 last year and 56 average. Rows closed was 50 percent, well ahead of 6 last year.

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NPC News

PRAC Deadline July 15th
Since 2016, state and national potato grower associations in the United States have been working together to increase potato research funding with the ultimate goal of strengthening the U.S. potato industry. Most of this coordinated work has been conducted through the Potato Research Advisory Committee (PRAC) and has taken the form of overwhelming industry support for selected research projects. 
In consultation with the potato research community, the PRAC's deadline for industry support for potato research projects with a fall 2018 application is July 15, 2018.  
For more information or to submit completed support request forms contact Ryan Krabill at ryan@potatoesusa.com

Kroger Responds to Concerns on PACA
In response to a USDA inquiry spurred by industry concerns, this week Kroger released a letter intended to clarify their new payment terms and relationship to producers' rights under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).
In the letter addressed to the Director of USDA's PACA Division, Kroger states that "produce suppliers protected under PACA are not required to participate in Net 90 payment terms.  For those PACA-eligible produce suppliers who are interested, we will continue to negotiate for payment terms that are permitted within their PACA Trust rights."
When Kroger originally announced their modified payment terms, it appeared that the total length of time that suppliers would have to wait for payment would carry beyond the protections under PACA and thereby deny them their trust rights.

Bytes Photo Trivia

Last week's Trivia Photo was comedien and talk show host  Dick Cavett . The Gibbon, Nebraska native and Yale graduate hosted talk shows in various formats on various networks from 1968 through 2007. He has won three Emmy Awards. Cavett is now 81 years old and resides in Montauk, NY.  

Cavett's photo was correctly identified by: Sandy Lee, Ben Tucker, Perry Pascke, Butch Kraska and Justin Dagen.

Who is in this week's Bytes Trivia Photo? >>>

Send your answer to  tkreis@nppga.org . All those answering correctly will be recognized in next week's Potato Bytes.
Reimbursement Available for Organic Certification Costs

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said that applications are now being accepted for reimbursement of organic certification costs through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for fiscal year 2018.

"Organic farmers, ranchers, processors and handlers can receive up to $750 of the organic certification costs paid between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018," Goehring said.

Certification assures consumers that products are produced by recognized organic methods. Certification enables organic producers and processors to label and sell their products with a federal organic seal. Such products typically command a higher price in the marketplace.
Applicants must provide a 2018 cost share application form, a copy of a dated certificate or letter from a certifier verifying certification between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, an itemized statement showing payment between October 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, and a completed IRS W-9 Form for new applicants. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2018 but are reimbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.

Applicants who are certified by International Certification Services or the Organic Crop Improvement Association Chapter 1 should apply for reimbursement through the certifier. These organizations certify most North Dakota organic producers. All other producers should contact Deanna Gierszewski at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-328-2191 or degierszewski@nd.gov

Goehring said the program provides North Dakota producers with $125,000 for certification reimbursement for 2018.

More information, including program guidelines and application forms, are available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website.
Potential applicants that do not wish to apply through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture can request assistance from the Farm Service Agency.

Potato plant leaf with late blight
NDSU Extension Service

No late blight has been reported in ND or MN or MB. Late blight has been reported in the Columbia Basin in Washington. Late blight severity values continue to increase and all locations except four - Hofflund, Linton, Mandan, Williston - have reached the late blight severity threshold value of 15. At this value, conditions for late blight have been favorable and disease is expected to occur if inoculum is present. Protectant fungicides should be applied to fields in areas that have reached the threshold value of 15 or greater.
The threshold value for early blight has also been reached and all growers should be applying fungicides for early blight. Early application of fungicides before symptoms are present provides the best protection for early blight. The protectant fungicides mancozeb and chlorothalonil will protect leaves from both early and late blight infection.

The accumulated late blight severity values at irrigated sights are:

Beach 16 Hofflund 14 Inkster 19
Karlsruhe 16 Linton 11 Mandan 11
Michigan 24 Minot 17 Oaks 27
Robinson 22 Tappen 16 Williston 13

The accumulated late blight severity values at non-irrigated sights are:

Ada 23 Cando 17 Cavalier 15
Crary 25 Eldrid 25 Forest River 23
Grafton 21 Grand Forks
17 Hillsboro 18
Humboldt 17 Perley 17 Rolla 36
Sabin 19 St. Thomas 17 Stephen 20
Warren 27

It is important to scout fields for late blight early and all season concentrating on areas that remain wet longer such as next to tree lines and around wellheads. Remember that late blight is a community disease that needs to be reported for community management.

Aphid Alert 
Dr. Ian MacRae -  UM-Crookston  

We saw a slight increase in vector pressure and total aphids captured in the past week. With 13 sites reporting, we recovered 18 total vectors - most notably 5 from Moran and 5 from Lake of the Woods.
We also spotted a few aphids in our Becker, MN plots this past week - so keep your eyes open!
For all the detailed data, check out:   aphidalert.blogspot.com

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