Breeding

San Luis Valley Research Center’s ongoing spud studies

Image result for san luis valley research centerAs he nears his three-year anniversary as manager of the San Luis Valley Research Center, Tyler Thompson said the upgrades and changes at Colorado State University’s College of Ag Sciences facility north of Monte Vista are too numerous to list. Just in the past year, Thompson said, the potato research center has seen the development of a continuous sterilizing seed cutter, improved and buried electrical utilities, the acquisition of a self-propelled Lenco potato digger “with the help of a local valley grower,” the creation of a virtual conferencing space, and remodeling and expansion of the main office area. The research center continues its intensive breeding program to find new varieties especially suited to the Colorado industry. “The breeding program is constantly coming out with potential russets, yellow, reds, specialties and chipping potatoes,” Thompson said. More