Lelah Starks Elite Foundation Seed Potato Farm

Jolene Spurgeon, Jim Meyer and Dianne Kessler planting potatoes in the spring.
Josh Kunzman teaches a visitor from Brazil about the NFT system.
Alex Crockford and Kevin Bula evaluating potato fields
Potato Evaluation
Joshua Kunzman setting up the NFT system
State farm employees cutting seed pieces
 Jerry Kuczmarski, Jim Meyer and Dianne Kessler getting the planter ready
Little potato grower
New WSPCP booth
Rosemary Heinzen planting potatoes in the greenhouse
Goldrush 4-cut
Evaluation of a Wisconsin breeding line
Minitubers in the NFT system
Early morning at the State farm
Keith Heinzen digging up rogue plants
Field preparation during spring planting

The Lelah Starks Elite Foundation Seed Potato Farm, also known as the Starks Farm, is located west of Rhinelander, WI, on County Highway K. This farm supplies Wisconsin growers with early generation seed potatoes on a fee-for-service basis. All potatoes grown on the Starks Farm originate in tissue culture in a laboratory on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Mini-tubers are produced from the plantlets in greenhouses on the farm. The mini-tubers are planted the following year to produce the first field crop. These seed tubers are then either sold or multiplied for a second year in the field. Both greenhouse grown and field-grown tubers may be purchased. Varieties currently available can be found here. To place an order, contact: Alex Crockford Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification 807 Fifth Ave. P.O. Box 328 Antigo WI 54409 Phone: 715-623-4039 Toll-free: 877-335-7333 FAX: 715-623-6970

State Farm Contact Information

Keith Heinzen (Agricultural Supervisor) 7749 CTH K Rhinelander WI 54501 Phone: 715-282-5530 FAX: 715-282-7319 Cell: 715-610-4667