This is a wonderful time of year when winter grudgingly gives way to spring and our next growing season. From my third story office windows in Antigo I have the opportunity to see trucks hauling seed potatoes from our seed farms in northern Wisconsin to our commercial farms in the Central Sands and beyond. This flurry of activity lasts for several weeks as farms take in, cut, treat, suberize and warm the seed in preparation for planting. Like many things in Wisconsin, potatoes can be very unique. We have a multitude of types and varieties to choose from. These types and varieties are very specific in their purpose. Certain types are better for certain uses. There are many russet varieties, some have cooking characteristics for home and restaurant use, we call fresh or table potatoes. While other russets, are best suited for frying (process / frozen). (more…)
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Now that harvest is well under way, it’s time to start looking toward our packaging facilities. At Wysocki Produce Farm, that means working side-by-side with our sister company and packaging facility, Paragon Potato Farms (Paragon). However, moving our focus to packaging doesn’t mean we don’t need to keep thinking about our impact on the environment. (more…)
As summer wears on and the potatoes continue to develop below the soil, the farmers in the central sands area of Wisconsin are already starting to think about when they will be able to dig their potatoes. With another harvesting season fast approaching, a topic that should always be at the forefront of the minds of growers and packers alike is safe product handling. (more…)
Even though I work for an organization that has family roots that have been growing potatoes for over 100 years, I didn’t get into agriculture until later in life. I’ll never forget when I first became associated with the potato industry 15 years ago after having a conversation with a potato grower who was much my senior. He told me that raising potatoes isn’t that big of a deal. You put some seed in the ground, put a little sunlight on them, give them a little water and fertilizer and they do the rest on their own. What I’ve found out is that may well be the biggest understatement since astronaut Jim Lovell told Houston he had a problem.
The fact of the matter is farming has become incredibly high tech. Virtually all aspects of production have been studied and influenced by scientific study. (more…)
Wisconsin leads the nation in both dairy and vegetable production; these industries are keys to Wisconsin’s economy. They are also vital components of a healthy diet! It’s not surprising that in the early days of farming in Wisconsin, vegetable production and dairy cows were frequent partners in the farm economy. Modern day challenges, however, have inevitably led to more specialization in agricultural systems. With the need to increase production efficiency to meet the food needs of an increasing human population, it’s not a surprise that specialization occurred, and it’s no wonder why these two important staples of early farms drifted apart. (more…)