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Summer 2017

Upcoming Events

Potato Virus Detection Workshop

Tuesday June 19, 2018

Located at WSU Othello Research Unit

1471 W Cox Rd, Othello (6 miles East of Hwy. 26/17 Junction, On Booker Rd, ¼ Mile South of Hwy. 26)

For more information contact:

HAREC Potato Field Day

Wednesday June 20, 2018

Located at Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center

2121 South 1st Street, Hermiston, Oregon

See attached for schedule and details.

WSU Potato Field Day

Thursday June 21, 2018

Located at WSU Othello Research Unit

1471 W Cox Rd, Othello (6 miles East of Hwy. 26/17 Junction, On Booker Rd, ¼ Mile South of Hwy. 26)

See attached Potato Progress Newsletter for schedule and details.

Clearwater Russet (AOA95154-1)

Clearwater Russet

PVMI Varieties have had their Fingerprints taken!!

Dr. Vidyasagar (Sagar) Sathuvalli, Assistant Professor Potato Breeding and Genetics with his colleagues at Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC), Oregon State University, have established the SSR Fingerprints for the PVMI varieties as well as for some other common lines. These are now available.

PDF (PDF) The fingerprinted varieties!

For more information, contact: Sagar on 541 567 6337
or email:

Change of Address

Please note that with immediate effect the address for all payments to PVMI will be:

PVMI, Inc., 60380 Chickasaw Way, Bend, OR, 97702, United States of America

2017 Royalty Form Available For Download

Go to the list of Documents and Agreements... » Off-site link

Tri-State Brochure

A new brochure about the TriState Research and Breeding Program is now available. Tri State Brochure 2015 Cover s PDF Click here to download a (PDF)

Contact for paper copies.

New Tri-State Russets Comparison

A Multi year review by Washington State University of several new Tri-State lines shows impressive yields when compared to traditional russets.

Read More... »Off-site link

Potatoes and Diabetes

Researchers at Montana State University have found that several varieties of potatoes could foil type 2 diabetes. Among them is Huckleberry gold. Read the entire article.

PDF (PDF) The Prairie Star, February 5, 2016

Potato Virus Y Information

At Off-site link you will find information related to PVY strains, variety-strain interactions in tubers and leaves, and an excellent collection of photographs showing PVY symptoms under a variety of conditions in selected varieties. A ‘Discussion Forum' is available for specific questions and can be posed to a variety of experts in this field.

New Nitrogen Rates for PVMI Varieties

Suggested Full-Season Nitrogen Rates and Associated Petiole N03-N Values for Twelve Potato Varieties when Grown in the Columbia Basin of Washington and Oregon.

PDF Click here to retrieve the article from Mark Pavek at WSU (PDF)

New Website and Refurbished Research Library Database at

Since 2012 the Washington, Idaho, and Oregon potato commissions have cooperated in research funding and management, and have called this cooperative venture the Northwest Potato Research Consortium. The Consortium has been represented on the Web by, which included the ‘research library’ developed by the WSPC in the 2000s. Recently, a long-awaited redesign and reprogramming of the website was completed and is now live online.

For those of you with research library passwords, your old login will work on the new site. For those without a login and password, there is a user-friendly means to request a password. I encourage everyone to have a look, and of course offer feedback anytime!

Andy Jensen, Consortium Manager.

New Cultural Management Recommendations

. . . have been released for Mountain Gem Russet for the Columbia Basin of WA and OR

Go to the Varieties page.

Payette Russet Storage

Check out the recently released Payette Russet Storage Bulletin.

PDF (PDF) Bulletin CIS 1220

New potato varieties chosen for McDonald’s fries


PULLMAN, 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.

Read the complete releaseOff-site link

Blazer Russet and Clearwater Russet are now accepted by McDonald's for "golden standard."

Read the press release:

McDonald's Gilroy Garlic Fries Officially Launch at McDonald's Restaurants Throughout Greater Bay Area Today

Results from National Fry Processing Trial

The National Fry Processing Trial (NFPT) is a multi-year and multi-location national effort that aims at identifying new potato varieties with low acrylamide forming potential while maintaining or exceeding the agronomic quality and consumer acceptance found in current varieties.

Read More... » Off-site link

Zebra Chip (ZC)

Essential information about Zebra Chip (ZC) in the Columbia Basin: Identification, Late Season Control, and Storage

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Tri-States Specialty Review

USDA reviews Tri-State Specialty Potatoes AmaRosa, Purple Fiesta and TerraRosa

Click here, to link to the reportOff-site link

Hermiston Field Day

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Othello Field Day

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