Montcalm Research Center

''Established 1966

Michigan potato and dry bean producers are the main beneficiaries of the research conducted at the 57-acre Montcalm Research Center. The center also leases 40 additional acres for research and demonstration projects. Research activities include potato variety evaluation, cultural practices, fertility and weed, insect and disease control. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation in potato production value and is the No. 1 producer of chipping potatoes in the country. The center is adjacent to the Burt Cargill Potato Demonstration Storage facility which consists of two buildings that, combined, house nine 50,000-pound bulk potato storages. These storages allow researchers to study the commercial potential of new processing potato varieties as well as perform other post-harvest evaluations under simulated commercial evaluation.

 

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  • Mr. Potato Prof

    Mr. Potato Prof

    David Douches, who leads MSU’s Potato Breeding and Genetics program, will spend September, and most other months, traveling around Michigan helping Michigan potato growers.

  • MSU AgBioResearch names new acting associate director

    MSU AgBioResearch names new acting associate director

    George Smith, Michigan State University (MSU) animal science professor and co-director of the MSU Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program, will serve as acting associate director of MSU AgBioResearch beginning July 1.

  • MSU research centers to host public field days

    MSU research centers to host public field days

    Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its outlying research centers this summer. The annual field days, which run June through September, will highlight some of the current research projects benefiting the Michigan agriculture industry.

  • Potato production will be focus of upcoming field day at MSU Montcalm Research Center

    Potato production will be focus of upcoming field day at MSU Montcalm Research Center

    Potato production will be the main topic of discussion during the annual MSU Montcalm Research Center field day Aug. 8. The event will feature a meeting of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) research committee in the morning and tours of the facility and research plots in the afternoon.