A day at the Rhinelander Ag Research Station

The main focus of CALS’ Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station is on creating new and improved potato varieties. The station’s northern Wisconsin location helps to reduce disease and insect pressure, and provides the kind of isolation that’s needed for keeping breeding lines pure. Pollination is done by hand in greenhouses, with breeders first harvesting the pollen from one potato plant, then dipping the flowers of a second plant into the pollen to create new crossbred varieties. Rhinelander’s breeders are constantly working to improve disease and insect resistance in potatoes to support the potato business in Wisconsin, the nation and around the world. CALS photographer Sevie Kenyon visited the station Aug. 20 to take these pictures.