January 25th-28th, 2021

General Sessions

January 25

1:00 pm       Ag Innovation Session

January 26

8:00 am        Yellow Nutsedge: A Review of Biology, Spread, and Control, Joel Felix, OSU Ontario

8:25 am        Looking at Potato Sugars Two Ways, Paul Bethke, USDA-ARS, Madison, WI

8:50 am        Potato Bruise and Quality, Nora Olsen, U. of Idaho Kimberly

9:15 am        Phosphorous Acid - The Swiss Army Knife for Pink Rot and Late Blight, Jeff Miller, Miller Research, Rupert, ID

9:40 am        Break, peruse the trade show

10:20 am      Suppression of Diseases Using Crop Rotation, Ken Frost, OSU Hermiston

10:45 am      The Weed Link in Zebra Chip Epidemiology: A 2020 Update, Rodney Cooper, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA

11:10 am      Why is it so Difficult to Control Colorado Potato Beetle? Tim Waters and Alan Schreiber, WSU Extension, Pasco and Ag Development Group, Inc., Eltopia, WA

11:35 am      Keeping Pesticides Off the Plate - The Importance of Following the Label, Jeff Miller, Miller Research, Rupert, ID

12 noon        Adjourn, visit the tradeshow!


January 27

8:00 am        A Multifaceted Approach to Characterizing and Addressing Field Greening of Potato in Washington State, Joe Townsend, WSU Pullman

8:25 am        Cover Crop Mixtures vs. Monocultures: What are the Research Results? Andy McGuire, WSU Extension, Moses Lake

8:50 am        Potato Nutrient Uptake in Manured Systems: Findings of a Six-Year Study in Southern Idaho, Amber Moore, OSU Corvallis

9:15 am        Exploring the Causes of Fusarium Dry Rot in the Northwest, Kasia Duellman, U. of Idaho, Idaho Falls

9:40 am        Break, peruse the trade show.

10:20 am      A Continuing Saga: Whole vs. Cut Potato Seed, Mark Pavek, WSU Pullman

10:45 am      Estimating the Economic Impacts of Sucking Insects in Potato Crops and Calculating Returns from Investment in Integrated Pest Management, Gina Greenway, Greenway Consulting, Idaho

11:10 am      Common Mistakes Observed During Inspections and Investigations: The Perspective of a WSDA Pesticide Compliance Investigator, Tom Hoffmann, WSDA, Moses Lake

11:35 am      Biocontrol Agents for Postharvest Diseases of Potatoes: Discovery, Development, and Closing the Gaps, Patricia J. Slininger, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL

12 noon        Adjourn, visit the tradeshow!


January 28

8:00 am        Potato Mop-Top Virus and the New USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Project, Alex Karasev, U. of Idaho, Moscow

8:25 am        The Warfare Between Potato and Potato Virus Y: What are the Genes Involved and Can We Use Them for Building Up Resistance? Aymeric Goyer, OSU Hermiston

8:50 am        The Use of Spore Trapping for the Early Warning of Potato Diseases, James Woodhall, U. of Idaho, Parma

9:15 am        Late Blight Forecasting in the Columbia Basin of Washington: Past, Present, and Future, David Wheeler, WSU Pullman

9:40 am        Break, peruse the trade show

10:20 am      The Effects of Reduced Late-Season Irrigation on Potato and How It Relates to Evapotranspiration across Varieties, Francisco Gonzalez, WSU Pullman

10:45 am      L&I’s Response to COVID19/What is DOSH? David Conley, Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries, Olympia

11:10 am      The Role of Nematodes in Potato Soil Health, Inga Zasada, USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR

11:35 am      Variations in Management Practices of Popular Cultivars, Rhett Spear, U. of Idaho, Aberdeen

12 noon        Adjourn, visit the tradeshow!