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2021 WA Commercial Potato Seed Lot Pick up & Trial Information

Info also available each year at: www.potatoes.wsu

Commercial potato seed samples are requested from WA Growers for the Washington Seed Lot Trial. Two hundred whole (single drop) seed is an acceptable sample size, or 50 lbs of 4 oz single drop seed.

Requested: minimum of 50 lbs of 2-4 oz whole seed, no seed treatments. We want a representative sample-if applicable, include a representative amount of rotten tubers! (Seed over 6 oz is not acceptable)

A representative sample is needed. Sampling the first (or last) 200 seed from the truck is not likely to provide a representative sample of the lot. Sample tags may be obtained by calling the Potato Commission at 509-765-8845.

Your assistance with collection and drop off of seed samples is needed.  Seed samples may be taken to the WSU Othello Research Unit (509-488-3191); located on Booker Road ¼ mile south from State Highway 26 and about five miles east of Othello.  For sample pick up and any questions regarding the seed lot trials please call:

South Basin:  Tim Waters (509-545-3511), Mark Pavek (509-335-6861), or Zach Holden (509-335-3452).

North Basin: Carrie Huffman Wohleb (509-754-2011), Mark Pavek (509-335-6861), or Zach Holden (509-335-3452).

Westside: Don McMoran (360-428-4270), Mark Pavek (509-335-6861), or Zach Holden (509-335-3452).

In the North Basin, one seed “drop-off” has been established.  It is located at Qualls Ag Labs (Mick Qualls, 509-787-4210 ext 16) on the corner of Dodson Road and Road 4; come to front office between 8 am and 5 pm.  Please call the numbers below to arrange additional pick-up sites.  Samples will be picked up at 2:00 pm the day before each planting date (below) to be included.  Growers planting in early March should drop their samples off at the Othello Research Center or store the samples and call the numbers below for pick up.  For all alternative pick-up locations or questions please call Mark Pavek at 509-335-6861 or Zach Holden at 509-335-3452.


The seed lot planting dates for 2021               

1st (Early)  March 29

2nd    April 12

3rd  April 26

4th (Late) May 3

2021 Potato Field Day – Thursday June 24*

*Subject to change based on COVID restrictions

This year’s virus reading of the seed lots will take place on June 8 and 22

Save the date: Next year (2022) Potato Field Day will be June 23