Potato Bytes 06.14.2022
News from the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association
Serving the potato industry in
North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.
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Potato Planting Progresses Rapidly!
Ted Kreis - NPPGA Communications

Last week we gave a grim outlook on the chances that the entire Red River Valley area potato crop would get planted. Fortunately growers made tremendous progress jumping from 38% planted a week ago to 81% planted this week. Most growers I have talked to expect to finish up this week if they haven't already.

USDA Potato Planting Progress Reports from 6/13/2022

NORTH DAKOTA - 81% planted; last week 38%; last year 100%; 5-yr avg 98%. Emerged was 28%, well behind 92% last year and 73% average.

MINNESOTA - 93% planted; last week 88%; last year 94%; 5-yr avg 98%

Crop Progress & Condition Report for all crops: ND - MN
Crop Transition Conference Provides Valuable Information

The United Potato Growers of America Crop Transition Conference was held last week in Bloomington, MN. This year's conference offered some good insights but there are still a lot of unknowns because of the late spring and unusual weather patterns.

Here are a few of the key points that were conveyed at the conference:

  • If Idaho hits trendline yields, they could have a very large fresh crop but there is a good chance that processors will be acquiring some of those russets on the open market
  • Nearly all fall crop growing areas, including the Northern Plains are behind a week or more because of late planting or slow growth
  • Like the Red River Valley, every growing area is planting more yellows this year
  • UPGA is projecting that U.S. yellow potato production will surpass red potato production within the next year or two.
  • Big Lake area's production should be down substantially this year because at least one significant grower has left Central Minnesota

More detailed information is available online at UnitedPotatoUSA.com/ctc (members only, login required).

Why join United? Find out at UnitedPotatoUSA.com/join.

Thursday, June 23, 2022
Social | 4 p.m.
Program | 5 p.m.
NDSU McGovern Alumni Center
1241 University Drive N. | Fargo, ND 58102

Potato-centric dishes | Free event

Join us to celebrate the success of the NDSU Potato Improvement Team and hear the story behind this spectacular spud. Area growers are especially urged to attend!

REGISTER HERE RSVP by June 15th 2022

The program will feature:

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, NDSU

Potato Breeder, NDSU

Owner, Hoverson Farms

Variety Development Manager, J.R. Simplot

President/CEO, AIS Ag Consulting

Quality System and Food Safety Agricultural Products Lead, McDonald’s

President of RD Offutt Farms

Vice President for Agricultural Affairs, NDSU

HOSTED BY: Hoverson Farms and Simplot in partnership with the NDSU Foundation and NDSU Extension.

QUESTIONS? Contact Nicolette Bresnahan at 701.231.6802 or via email.
Good News for Potato Protein and Carbs

Plant Protein - A new randomized controlled study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that some plant-derived proteins can still induce strong anabolic responses. Exercise enthusiasts have long presumed animal protein to be superior to plant-derived options for muscle protein synthesis due to its essential amino acid profile. While many plant proteins are lower in one or more essential amino acids necessary for optimal muscle growth and repair, the potato’s amino acid profile has no apparent deficiencies.
In the recent study, researchers at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, found that consuming 30 grams of potato-derived protein concentrate following resistance exercise significantly increased muscle protein synthesis rates to levels that did not differ from the response following the ingestion of an equivalent amount of milk protein concentrate.

Quality Carbs - A new study recently published in Frontiers in Nutrition has challenged the tendency in nutrition research to separate starchy vegetables from their non-starchy counterparts and categorize them with foods delivering lower nutritional value.
Whole grains, legumes, non-starchy vegetables, and fresh fruit are typically considered to be higher quality carbohydrate foods, yet starchy vegetables, including white potatoes, are typically categorized in nutrition studies with sweets, candy and soda when researchers assess subjects’ food intake and associations with health outcomes.
Five different, previously published carbohydrate indices were used to assess 2,400 carbohydrate-containing foods for carbohydrate quality. Four of those carbohydrate quality indices (CQIs), based on carbohydrate to fiber and sugar ratios, had been developed and validated in 2021 by researchers at Tufts University. Using these indices, legumes, non-starchy and starchy vegetables, whole fruit, and whole grain foods qualified as "high quality" carbohydrate foods. The fifth index, the new carbohydrate food quality scoring system (CFQS-4) recently developed by scientists working with the Quality Carbohydrate Coalition, also incorporated potassium and sodium. According to the CFQS-4, starchy vegetables, including white potatoes placed closer to non-starchy vegetables and fruit than to candy and soda.

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