Potato Bytes 07.19.2022
News from the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association
Serving the potato industry in
North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.

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Potato Crop Progress and Condition Remain Favorable in Region

USDA Potato Progress & Condition Report
Report Date: 7-18-2022

NORTH DAKOTA - Potato condition rated 0% very poor, 6% poor, 40% fair, 52% good, and 2% excellent. Potatoes emerged was 95%, behind 100% both last year and average. Blooming was 61%, behind 75% last year and 71% average.

MINNESOTA - Potato condition rated 0% very poor, 6% poor, 40% fair, 52% good, and 2% excellent. Potatoes blooming was 61%, behind 75% last year and 71% average. Rows closed was 20%, behind 34% last year and 32% average.

USDA Crop Progress & Condition Report for all crops: ND - MN
Lim Named Extension Weed Specialist at Williston Research Extension Center

Charlemagne Lim has joined North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension as a weed specialist based at the Williston Research Extension Center (WREC) in Williston, North Dakota.

His role will be to develop innovative Extension programs that help producers, landowners, Extension agents, economic development leaders and agriculture industry partners identify, assess and control weeds.

He also will communicate with other Extension specialists, appropriate Research Extension Center personnel and producers about issues that need new or additional research.

In 2020, Lim earned his doctorate in plant sciences at Montana State University. As a graduate student and postdoctoral research associate, Lim screened and characterized kochia populations for multiple resistance to glyphosate, dicamba and ALS-inhibitor herbicides. He also conducted field trials on weed control and crop safety of new and existing pre- and post-emergence herbicide formulations/chemistries.

Lim began his role on July 11. He can be reached at charlemagne.lim@ndsu.edu, or by phone at 701-774-4315.

Aphid Numbers Remain Low

Aphid numbers remain behind those of last year, although trap captures are slightly increasing. We started to see our first grain aphids and some other species, like thistle aphids, are starting to show up as well. Both Corn Leaf and English Grain aphids were recovered this week, indicating aphid movement from grains is starting. Thistle aphids and Buckthorn aphids were recovered from a couple of traps. Potato aphids and Cotton/Melon aphids are still present, and soybean aphids seem to be more widely distributed, although numbers are still low.   

Overall, the seasonal aphid abundance remains relatively low. Early rains and wetter conditions than last year may be keeping populations down. So a good thing to this point 

Check out all the data at:

Dr. Ian MacRae - Professor & Extension Entomologist UM-Crookston
Potato Bytes Landmark Trivia
Last Week's Famous Landmark

Last week's Trivia landmark was the White Cliffs of Dover which are located on the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliff face which reaches a height of 350 feet owes its striking appearance to its composition of chalk accented by streaks of black flint. The cliffs stretch for eight miles
It was identified correctly by Brett Miller, Leo Van Marion, Vicky Boyd, Josh Brood, Dorothy Viker, James Staricka, Ian MacRae, Keith Bjorneby, Geoff Price, Mark Thompson and James Troyer.

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Skewered Potato Twisters

Dish: Side Dish
Potato Type: Yellow
Preparation Type: Grilled, Air Fryer

Skewered Potato Twisters (also known as potato tornados) are a fun new addition to your outdoor cookouts. Nutrient-dense potatoes are skewered, cut into spirals, seasoned, and grilled. No grill, no problem. You can also make these in the oven or air-fryer.

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Coming Events @ a Glance

July 21
  • NPPGA Golf Open - Grafton, ND

August 25
  • NPPGA Field Day - Larimore, Forest River Colony and Hoople, ND

September 6 - 10