SpudPro Field Day 2016

The SpudPro committee of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) meets 2-3 times per year to discuss new varieties coming out of the breeding program. This summer we met in a Plover-area hotel for the business meeting and then headed to Plover River Farms, where Mike Copas (Senior Agronomist, RPE) discussed some preliminary results from a trial comparing our advanced breeding line W9133-1rus against the leading fresh market russet varieties, Goldrush and Russet Norkotah.

Three other advanced lines, W8893-1R, W9433-1rus, and W9576-11Y, are being tested on a larger scale (0.5 to 1 acre) by commercial growers this year. We look forward to learning more from the growers about the performance of the breeding lines at the fall SpudPro meeting.