Seed Seminar

The 2016 Montana Seed Potato Seminar will be held November 2-3, at the Holiday Inn, Missoula, Mt.

The Montana Growers Meeting will be held on the afternoon of November 1


  • Exhibitors and Vendors Information letter
    Exhibitors and Vendors Registration form
  • Attendee information letter
    Attendee registration form
  • Agenda
    Tuesday,November 1- Meetings at Holiday Inn
    l0:00 AM- Research  Committee
    11:00 AM - MT Potato Advisory Committee
    2:00 PM - MPIA Board Meeting
    4:00 PM -Montana Seed Potato Growers Meeting-Members Only

    Wednesday, November 2
    7:00:  Continental Breakfast, Registration Open
    8:15: Montana’s 2016 Crop                                             Nina Zidack
    8:30: Potato Leadership School                                       Karl DeJong
    8:45: PVMI Update                                                          Jeanne Debons
    9:00: Potatoes USA                                                          Blair Richardson
    9:20: United Potato Growers                                            Buzz Shahan
    9:40: Potatoes USA Seed Potato Exports                    Amy Burdett and Nina Zidack
    10:00: Break
    10:30: Workshop – Economics of Potato Diseases – Kate Fuller, Chris McIntosh and Nina Zidack
    12:00: Lunch
    1:00: (Trade Show and Sponsored Presentations)
    1:00: BIOSAFE SYSTEMS-Mark Milenski - “The Power of PAA – Using StorOx”
    1:20: INDUSTRIAL VENTILATION-Dave Paulshock - "FoodGard" storage and Potato disinfectant”
    1:40: YARA-Steve Petrie, Ph.D. - “Calcium effects on seed piece quality and subsequent crop yield”
    2:00: DUPONT-Will Hatler - DuPont Crop Protection and potatoes: More than just Matrix
    2:20: BASF-Jared Unverzagt - “BASF update on new and current products”
    2:40: WESTBRIDGE-Shaun Lough - “Seed piece set and Organic weed suppression in potatoes”
    3:00: SYNGENTA-Daniel Maxfield - “Growing with Syngenta: New Product Updates”
    3:20: BIOREBA-Dr. Christophe Debonneville - “PCR Macroarray Potato Virus Kit”
    4:30  PM Reception

    Thursday, November 3
    7:00 Registration open
    7:00-8:00 Breakfast (Watson Irrigation)
    8:10 Welcome – Steve Streich, Chairman Montana Potato Improvement Association
    8:15 Dr. Jeff Stark, Professor and Superintendent, Aberdeen Research and Extension Center, U of Idaho: Management of Clearwater Russet and other New Varieties
    8:45 Dr. Jeff Miller, President and CEO - Miller Research, Rupert, Idaho: Should I Spend the Money? Making Smart Decisions in Disease Management Programs
    9:15 Dr. Jessica Rupp, Assistant Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist, Montana State University: Slicing spuds: Genetic modification techniques
    9:45 Dr. Mark Pavek, Associate Professor and Potato Specialist, Washington State University – Manipulating the spatial arrangement of potatoes: wide-bed, traditional row, row width, and in-row spacing
    10:15 Break
    10:45 Chandler Dolezal, Ph.D. Candidate, Washington State University – A Holistic View of Phosphorus Fertility Management and its Effects in Potatoes
    11:15 Dr. Ada Montague, Water Resource Planner, MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation: Drought Forecasting and Dealing with Uncertainty
    11:45 Dr. Gary Secor, Professor and Potato Pathologist, North Dakota State University: Tracking Dickeya in North America
    12:15 Keynote-Honorable Russ McElyea, Chief Water Judge, Montana Water Court: Resolving future disputes over water