Nominees Sought for Potato Industry Award

The Washington State Potato Foundation is currently seeking nominations for the Industry Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual from within the potato industry whose efforts and leadership have made a significant and positive impact in agriculture, specifically within the potato industry. Nominations are being accepted from the general public until December 28, 2007. Nomination packets can also be requested from Kellee Balcom at

Scott Joins Exosect

Exosect, a provider of IPM solutions, has announced the appointment of David Scott as formulations development manager. With over 18 years of experience as an analytical chemist in a variety of industries, Scott joins Exosect from Dextra Laboratories.

Tanaka Expands Warranty Program

Tanaka products retailed after October 1, 2007 will carry a two-year commercial use warranty and a three-year consumer use warranty. The prior coverage for commercial use was one year (with the exception of select blower and drill models which carried two-year coverage) and two years for consumer use. This new warranty coverage applies to all products except for the TBC-225C and TBC-225CS grass trimmers which are not intended for commercial use. Other main components of the overall warranty will remain unchanged.

MANA Welcomes Gertz

John Gertz has joined Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc. as senior product manager of special products and new product development. MANA is a developer of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and harvest aids, and Gertz arrives with eight years of experience in the crop protection industry.

Siegers Conducting Radish Trials

Siegers Seed Company conducts trials on all seeds before they are released to growers and they currently have the Vilmorin AGORA and RICARDO hybrid radish in trials. The company is aiming for large-diameter radish varieties that are less likely to split, pith or bleed.

Nunhems Expands Asparagus Breeding Program

Bayer CropScience’s vegetable seed business Nunhems has acquired all assets relating to the asparagus breeding program from the Dutch Teboza Research. Teboza specializes in the breeding and production of asparagus varieties and is one of the biggest producers of asparagus plants and fresh asparagus in Europe. The acquired germplasm offers new breeding and growth opportunities in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Nunhems expects commercialization of the first hybrids within three years.

Sundia to Pay Growers for Product Brand

Sundia Corporation has decided that it will begin paying members of its grower and shipper network to brand their products Sundia. Starting with watermelons and pumpkins in 2008, the company will pay rebates for loads that branded Sundia. Other benefits include discounts on labels, pallets, stickers, bins and shipping. Free website development and customer service are also provided for network members.

IA Honors Eckstein and Hamisch

The Irrigation Association has awarded the IA Industry Achievement Award to two men who have shown dedication and leadership in the irrigation industry.

Gershon Eckstein of Drip Irrigation Systems is credited with numerous irrigation patents, including a patent for a method of manufacturing pipes with the integrated dripper units. Fred Hamisch, president of Hydratech, is founding member of the Irrigation Dealers Association of California and drove the effort to expand the organization’s reach as it became the California Agricultural Irrigation Association. Among other things, Hamisch has been involved in the design and installation of irrigation systems in the Middle East, Mexico, South America and Asia.

New Holland Supports Use of Biodiesel

New Holland has announced its support for the use of B100 biodiesel in all equipment with New Holland-manufactured diesel engines, including electronic injection engines with common rail technology. Nearly 80-percent of New Holland-branded products with diesel engines are now available to operate with B100 biodiesel that is produced to ASTM D6751 standards. Details of the models that can run on B100, as well as requirements and recommendations to do so safely, are available from New Holland dealers or on the company’s Web site at