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 purpose of the Potato Outreach Program is to support the Michigan Potato Industry by conducting on-farm research and demonstration trials that apply to all aspects of potato production and providing potato outreach and extension in the form of field days, informational meetings, and publications. The Potato Outreach Program connects growers, processors, and researchers by acting as a liaison between the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University, the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, and Potatoes USA.


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




Aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft disease reported in Michigan potato fields

June 12, 2017 | Noah Rosenzweig, Saltanat Mambetova, Paula Somohano and Chris Long | MSU Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences 

Aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft rot was recently detected in Michigan potato fields. Like the past two growing seasons, potato aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft rot disease continues to be a problem.

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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