S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 POTATO GROWER 19 The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association 2017 Field Day was held on Thurday, August 24th. It started at Hoverson Farms in Larimore, North Dakota with a pancake break- fast at 7:00 AM. Over 125 growers and industry people attended. Dr. Andy Robinson, NDSU/UMN wel- comed everyone to the NPPGA Annual Field Day event. Dr. Darrin Haagenson, USDA/ARS talked on the storage and processing evaluations of advanced breeding clones. He mentioned that the East Grand Forks Potato Research Worksite has been doing some upgrading of their storage units and other equipment. He thanked the NPPGA for their continued support. Dr. Susie Thompson, NDSU, spoke on her research on advancing dual purpose Russets and her chip pro- cessing selections she has in Larimore. Dr. Ian McRae, UMN, had a presen- tation on aphids and on Colorado Potato Beetle Management. He said Colorado Potato Beetle population is up this year in North Dakota. Dr. Neil Gudmestad spoke on man- aging late blight in the potato fields. It was another successful Field Day at Hoverson Farms and we would like to thank the Hoverson family for being excellent hosts. From Hoverson Farms we headed to Inkster, North Dakota for a lunch- eon sponsored by J.R. Simplot and hosted by the Forest River Colony. The Colony prepared a wonderful lunch with burgers, macaroni salad, and dessert for over 225 growers and industry people that attended. A big thank you goes out to the Forest River Colony for being such gra- cious hosts to everyone who attend- ed. After the lunch we took a tour of the Inkster research site. Dr. Andy Robinson, NDSU, spoke about using growth hormones to improve tuber uniformity through quicker emergence and more stems. He also showed the new Potato Blight App that will we use next year for early blight and late blight 2017 NPPGA Field Day Carl Hoverson of Hoverson Farms thanks everyone for attending Field Day.