Mission & History

Mission

The Peninsular Station serves as a field laboratory for fruit specialists.  Here they develop pest control programs and conduct other research to improve yields and quality of apples, cherries, grapes, and raspberries.  Small grains and vegetable research is also conducted at this facility.

The Peninsular Station is also home to the NRSP-6 US Potato Genebank, which maintains the world’s largest collection of wild and cultivated potato species.  The US Potato Genebank’s mission is to collect, classify, preserve, evaluate, and distribute nearly 5,000 samples of more than 150 potato species.

History

1922 – Original 100 acres purchased. Land was mostly undeveloped with a few small  outbuildings.

1923 – Dr. E. J. Delwiche was named Station Superintendent. Very limited research in dairying carried out (3 cows). Delwiche conducted small grain and pea breeding programs. Dr. R. H. Roberts, U.W. horticulturist, initiated fruit research.

1925 to 1930 – Dr. C. L. Fluhe-entomologist, Dr. G. W. Keitt-plant pathologist, and Dr. R. H. Roberts pioneered fruit research program at station.

1946 – Dr. F. A. Gilbert was named Superintendent and facilities were expanded for  extensive fruit research program.

1950 – USDA Potato Introduction Center added to station program with Dr. R. W. Hougas named as Project Leader.

1950 to 1955 – Extensive greenhouse facilities added to station.

1959 – Irrigation well drilled at station for high capacity pumping capabilities.

1963 – Additional 20 acres of land acquired increasing total acreage to 120.

1970 to 1979 – Dr. F. A. Gilbert released three strawberry cultivars and one apple cultivar from station breeding program.

1982 – Dr. F. A. Gilbert retired as Superintendent. Richard Weidman named new   Superintendent.

1982 – Present irrigation capacity doubled. Large building addition added to Potato Introduction Project along with increased staff.                         Large combination storage and meeting room building erected.

1991 – Matt Stasiak hired as Assistant Researcher.

1998 – Automated weather monitoring network installation complete in the counties of Door and Kewaunee.

2011 – (6) new Enviro-Weather monitoring stations installed.

2011Richard Weidman retired as Superintendent December 30, 2011.

2012Matt Stasiak becomes the Station Superintendent.

2016 – (2) additional weather monitoring stations installed in Door and Kewaunee Counties