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2024 Washington & Oregon Potato Conference General Schedule

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast – Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick

Andy Jensen, Moderator

7:55 AM
Welcome
8:00 AM
Research update on yellow nutsedge control in potatoes, Rui Liu, WSU, Prosser
8:25 AM
Potato seed lots: historical performance and agronomic advice for Northwest growers, Mark Pavek, WSU, Pullman
8:50 AM
Trends in the climate east of the Cascades: water supply and demand, Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist, Seattle
9:15 AM
Is plant maturity an indicator of bruise susceptibility?, Mike Thornton, University of Idaho, Parma
9:40 AM
Break
9:55 AM
Climate-smart potatoes for the Pacific Northwest: managing soil health for climate-smart outcomes, Ken Frost, OSU, Hermiston
10:20 AM
Focus on potato nematodes: sampling, biology, and diagnostic report interpretation, Inga Zasada, USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR
10:45 AM
(Re)active carbon as a factor in potato production, Markus Kleber, OSU, Corvallis
11:10 AM
Oregon Potato Commission update, Gary Roth, Executive Director
11:35 AM
Washington State Potato Commission updateChris Voigt, Executive Director
12:00 PM
Adjourn
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Hosted Potato Bar, Trade Show, Convention Center

Carrie Wohleb, Moderator

1:00 PM
QTL mapping of powdery scab resistance in potato, Abigail Moore, Oregon State University
1:25 PM
A tale of two viruses: potato mop top and potato virus Y, Hanu Pappu, WSU, Pullman
1:50 PM
The recipe for food as medicine and how potatoes are getting baked in, Bonnie Johnson, Potatoes USA
2:15 PM
Potato mop-top virus and other seed source challenges for seed and commercial growers, Jonathan Whitworth, USDA-ARS, Aberdeen, Idaho
2:40 PM
Break
2:55 PM
Implications for soil moisture management post vine-kill, Connor Buckley, WSU, Pullman
3:20 PM
Navigating a global future, Matt Harris, Washington State Potato Commission
3:45 PM
Silver scurf: modest threat yet significant cosmetic influencer, Kiwamu Tanaka, WSU, Pullman
4:10 PM
Impact of heat on seasonal quality and subsequent field performance, Jacob Blauer, WSU, Pullman
4:35 PM
Adjourn
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Thursday, January 25, 2024

7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast – Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick

Sagar Sathuvalli, Moderator

7:55 AM
Welcome
8:00 AM
Can mutation breeding improve Umatilla Russet’s resistance to fusarium dry rot?, Femi Omilani, Oregon State University
8:25 AM
New directions in potato IPM from the OSU-HAREC entomology program, Josephine Antwi, OSU, Hermiston
8:50 AM
Impacts of compost and fall mustard on a potato production system in Hermiston, Oregon, Amber Moore, OSU, Corvallis
9:15 AM
Assessing soil health in WA's potato systems, Deirdre Griffin LaHue, WSU, Mount Vernon
9:40 AM
Break
9:55 AM
Status, history, and function of the Northwest Potato Research Consortium and introduction of its new manager, Andy Jensen and Raina Spence, Northwest Potato Research Consortium
10:20 AM
Update on the development of a systems approach to nematode control in U.S. potato, Cynthia Gleason, WSU, Pullman
10:45 AM
National Potato Council update, Mike Wenkel, National Potato Council, Washington D.C.
11:10 AM
The Endangered Species Act, EPA and how they will affect pesticide applications, Scott Nielsen, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Olympia
11:35 AM
Areawide monitoring and risk prediction for beet leafhopper and potato purple top disease in the Columbia Basin, Rodney Cooper, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hosted Luncheon, Convention Center

Raina Spence, Moderator

1:00 PM
Telling your sustainability story with Potato Sustainability Alliance, Natalie Nesburg, Potato Sustainability Alliance
1:25 PM
BLTVA phytoplasma: mapping pathogen prevalence in beet leafhoppers, Kylie Swisher Grimm, USDA-ARS, Prosser, WA
1:50 PM
The underground world of the potato microbiome- from bacteria to nematodes, Tim Paulitz, USDA-ARS, Pullman, WA
2:15 PM
Break
2:30 PM
Fifteen years of insect identification and biology quizzes: a final exam; plus, an update on neonicotinoid research efforts, Andy Jensen, Northwest Potato Research Consortium, Olathe, CO
2:55 PM
Wildfire smoke and outdoor heat safety rules overview, Bradley Farrar, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Seattle
3:20 PM
Utilizing the WSU Potato Decision Aid Support System for potato integrated pest management, Tim Waters & Carrie Wohleb, WSU Extension
3:45 PM
Conventional or organic control of nematodes in potatoes, Alan Schreiber, Agriculture Development Group, Eltopia, WA
4:10 PM
Adjourn