Saturday, 24 February 2018


The NPPGA Research Reporting Conference and Chairman's and Meritorious Service Award Banquet will highlight the first day of the winter meetings beginning on February 20.

At the banquet on Tuesday evening, NPPGA will honor this year's Meritorious Service Award winner, Willem Schrage. He was born in the Netherlands and was employed in the potato industry in Peru, Turkey, Tunisia and Canada, before coming to the U.S. to head the Minnesota Potato Inspection Program in East Grand Forks, from 1994 to 2007. In 2007 he became the Potato Program Director for the North Dakota State Seed Department until his retirement in 2016. 

“NPPGA is proud to honor Schrage for his many years of service to the potato industry, not just here, but around the globe,” according to the Association.

The program will contain:

9:00-9:15 Storage Highlights from 2017 Chip & Fry Processing Trials Dr. Darrin Haagenson

9:15-9:30 Potato Blight App. Dr. Andy Robinson

9:30-10:00 Bugs & Spuds - The Battle Continues! Dr. Ian MacRae

10:30-11:00 Genetic Improvement of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) for the Northern Plains. Dr. Susie Thompson

11:00-11:15 Effect of Plant Growth Hormones on Potato Tuber Uniformity. Dr. Mitch Bauske

11:15-11:45 Do Verticillium-Resistant Cultivars Require Fumigation? Dr. Neil Gudmestad

11:45-12:00 Hosting Ability of Potato & Northern-grown Crops in Rotation with Potato for the Root-lesion Nematode, Pratylenchus penetrans. Dr. Guiping Yan

1:30-2:00 Nitrogen Response & Soil Microbial Activity in Potato Cropping Systems as Affected by Fumigation - A 2-year Summary. Dr. Carl Rosen (Dr. Linda Kinkel, Dr. Neil Gudmestad, Dr. Andy Robinson)

2:00-2:10 Solving Last Year’s Problems: Dropping Chromosomes for Faster Breeding. Dr. Laura Shannon

2:10-2:40 Glyphosate & Dicamba Injury to the Chip Potato “Atlantic”. Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti

2:40-2:55 Predicting Potato Yield Losses Due to Metribuzin Sensitivity in North Dakota. Razi Ibrahim, MS Student (Advisors, Dr. Hatterman-Valenti & Dr. Thompson)

3:30 - 5:00 -  NPPGA Annual Business Meeting

4:00 - 5:00 -  Potato Associates Annual Business Meeting

5:30 - 6:30 -  Banquet Social Hour

6:30 - 9:00 -  Chairman's / Meritorious Service Award Banquet 

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