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Research Center Personnel

Samuel Y. C. Essah

Research Scientist, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Colorado State University
San Luis Valley Research Center
0249 East Road 9 North
Center, CO 81125

Phone: 719-754-3594, ext. 13
Fax: 719-754-2619
E-mail: samuel.essah@colostate.edu


  • Ph.D. Agronomy and Seed Technology, Alabama A&M University, 1999.
  • M.S. Crop Production and Agricultural Ecosystems, University of Guelph, Canada, 1994.
  • B.S. Agricultural Science (Major: Crop Science), University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, 1989.

Current Position and Research Program:

Potato Production, Physiology, and Storage Project Leader. Research activities emphasize cultural management practices to develop cultivar specific management profiles for existing and new potato cultivars. Additional emphasis is being placed on Potato Storage Research. Other responsibilities include green-sprouting minitubers to break dormancy of long dormant cultivars before planting. Samuel's research enables him to work closely with growers and other potato industry personnel.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Potato Association of America
  • Global Potato News
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Weed Science Society of America.


Samuel, a native of Ghana, was raised on a multiple cropping farm. He is married to Mercy.  

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San Luis Valley Research Center
0249 E Rd. 9 N
Center, CO 81125

SLVRC: (719) 754 - 3594
CSU Ext: (719) 754-3494 / 754-3495
Potato Cert Svc: (719) 754-3496
FAX: (719) 754-2619


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