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New potato varieties chosen for McDonald’s fries

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

potatoesPULLMAN, Wash. – When it comes to potatoes, french fries are the big outlet for Columbia Basin farmers. And when it comes to selling french fries, McDonald’s is the holy grail. » More …

Want fries with that? Stealth potato virus threatens industry

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – The next time you sink your teeth into a hot, crispy french fry, consider the threats that stand between you and this iconic food. Newly emerged viruses threaten the U.S. potato industry, including potatoes grown in Washington. » More …

WSU receives $2.7 million to research costly potato threat

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

potato-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Zebra chip disease, caused by a bacterium carried by insects, can ruin a potato crop; but little is known about where it comes from and how it can be avoided. » More …

Feb. 27: Potato workshop highlights best practices, research

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

potatoMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Diseases and weeds that afflict potatoes and best practices for growing them in western Washington are among the topics at a potato workshop 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. » More …