Welcome to the Potato Outreach Program at Michigan State University. This website is designed to provide regional potato research information for the Michigan Potato Industry.

Our Mission

The Potato Outreach Program is a collaboration between Michigan State University and the Michigan Potato Industry Commission. This program supports Michigan potato growers by conducting on-farm research and demonstration trials that apply to all aspects of potato production. POP staff speak at Extension events, fields days, grower meetings, and to commodity groups. Each year, the program conducts over 40 on-farm variety trials in Michigan, participates with cooperating states in national trials, maintains a demonstration storage, and compiles the annual Michigan Potato Research Report. Together with the Potato Breeding and Genetics program and other potato researchers, the Potato Outreach Program works to identify potato varieties adapted to the Michigan climate that display good agronomic traits, are profitable for producers, resistant to diseases, pests, biotic and and abiotic stresses, and acceptable to consumers.



Michigan State University has been conducting industry-leading potato research at the Montcalm Research Center for over 50 years. Former professor and extension specialist, Dr. Richard Chase, started building relationships with Michigan potato growers in 1962. Since then, the potato extension program at MSU has grown and evolved, forming today's Potato Outreach Program.

Potato progress: 50 years at MSU Montcalm Research Center by James Dau




2017 Upper Peninsula Potato Variety Trial Results

December 6th, 2017 | Monica Jean | MSU Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences 

A small-scale field trial of 36 different potato varieties were planted in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, allowing farmers to survey results and choose promising varieties for the next growing season. 

Planting disease-free potato seed is important for all potato growers

March 22, 2017 | Fred Springborn and Monica Jean | MSU Extension

Selecting and planting clean, disease-free potato seed pieces is an important first step to assuring a successful potato crop, no matter the size of your acreage.

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