US: Potato convention highlights issues growers face

Potato growers from every region in the West are attending the 46th annual potato conference held at Idaho State University in Pocatello. While certain diseases such as: Bacterial Ring Rot, Zebra Chip, and Potato Late Blight are still a threat, some of the top potato researchers were giving lectures on how they are working in laboratories to nix that. “The threat is there, and this particular disease, Zebra Chip, devastated the potato production areas in Texas and the central U.S.,” University of Idaho Extension Seed Specialist Dr. Phillip Nolte said. He added the focus of this week’s potato conference is to raise awareness for potato growers that these diseases are out there and there are ways to effectively maximize their profits while reducing the risks. More