MSU experts to offer informational tours on potato research

posted on July 24, 2012 12:49pm

CONTACT:       Holly Whetstone, AgBioResearch, 517-355-0123

 EAST LANSING, Mich.—Potato producers and agricultural enthusiasts are sure to find much of interest at the Montcalm Research Center’s Potato Field Day Aug. 9.

The event includes a Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) research committee meeting with Michigan State University (MSU) researchers, wagon tours of potato research around the facility, educational sessions and a catered dinner. MSU AgBioResearch scientists Kurt Steinke, Zsofia Szendrei, Willie Kirk and George Bird, and potato experts Joe Coombs, Beth Bishop, Chris Long and Michelle Meng will lead discussions on subjects such as Colorado potato beetle insecticides and new methods for measuring potato maturity and stress.

The MPIC research committee meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes lunch. The wagon tours will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by an educational session on soil health in potato production systems by MSU scientists George Bird, Willie Kirk, Noah Rosenzweig and Kurt Steinke from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a catered dinner at 5:30 p.m.

The wagon tours are open to the public. There is no cost for participants.

For more information, contact Chris Long at 517-355-0271, ext. 1193, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Located at 4629 W. McBrides Road in Lakeview, Mich., the Montcalm Research Center is one of 14 MSU AgBioResearch centers located across Michigan that support the work of more than 300 scientists in six colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine. 

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