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Bailey Paige Phillips was born on August 23, 2013 as a full term baby in Brandon, MB. Bailey has a virus that has messed with her bone marrow; congenital CMV. Bailey got the virus in utero. To date she has received 38 blood product transfusions. Bailey has received packed red blood cells, platelets and immunoglobulin. Currently Bailey needs a platelet transfusion every 3 days. Bailey needs you so she can fight this virus and get home. Christmas Day will be day 125 for Bailey and we would love to see 1000 people donate in honour of Bailey between now and then! Although Bailey may not be home for her first Christmas we would love to one day be able to tell her how many people donated. Please consider donating in honour of Bailey – it may save her life or the life of another. Book your appointment to save a life.
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Brock McIntosh has been around potatoes a long time. His dad and grandfather started growing potatoes at Mid-Man Farms in Carberry, Man., in 1965 — when McIntosh was just two years old — and he’s been a full-time farmer with the family operation since the age of 22. “My mom and dad made it possible for me to get into farming,” he says about his parents Don and Muriel, who still own Mid-Man along with McIntosh and his wife Donna. Two of his four kids — daughter Alysa and son David — are also involved in the farm. [Read Full Article]
Transforming farm data management with GPS and RFID technology. One U.S.-based company is working to transform farm data management, using GPS and RFID tagging systems to track potatoes by load from field to storage. [Read Full Article]
After more than 40 years in agriculture and 30-plus years of dedicated service to Manitoba’s Keystone Potato Producers Association, Garry Sloik is stepping down as manager of the association. His replacement at the KPPA, Dan Sawatzky, admits he has some big shoes to fill, and lauded Sloik for the many skills he brought to the position. [Read Full Article]
Potato diseases may originate in the field and spread to healthy tubers through natural or mechanical wounds, such as bruises, cracks, abrasions, or damages caused by diseases. Such wounds allow the pathogens to penetrate into healthy tubers, where they can proliferate and produce an abundance of spores or cells that can cause more infections, even under favourable storage conditions. Storage rot is difficult to manage, but there are many strategic measures that can help limit the spread of pathogens from diseased to healthy tubers. [Read Full Article]
Late summer is the time for Open Farm Days across the country; a time for growers to open their farm gates and give the public a grassroots glimpse of farming life and agricultural production. This year, Manitoba’s Open Farm Day included a potato producer for the first time — Mid-Man Farms, a prosperous family operation located near Carberry, Man., that includes 800 acres of Russet Burbank potatoes among its holdings. [Read Full Article]
The 97th annual meeting of the Potato Association of America was held at the Hotel Chateau Laurier in Quebec City, Que., from July 28 to Aug. 1. It was truly an international event, with 250 delegates and companions from Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, South Korea and China in attendance. With 102 presentations and dozens of poster exhibitions, the conference covered a broad spectrum of topics including breeding and genetics, physiology, extension, certification, production and management, and plant protection. [Read Full Article]
Statistics Canada’s production estimates for 2013 peg the total planted potato acreage in Canada at 361,600 acres. This represents a reduction of 11,800 acres or a 3.2 per cent decline from the 2012 plantings. Some of the reduction is related to late planting in some provinces due to inclement weather this spring as well as cutbacks in contracting volume for processing potatoes.·[Read Full Article]
Canadians are eating fewer fresh potatoes than they used to. Is consumer-based marketing and merchandising the answer for turning around slumping demand? [Read Full Article]
Every grower has seen it at one time or another: the signs of pink rot spreading through the bin, and the dollar signs flying out the window. Fungal infections post-harvest can cause significant losses in a short period of time. The good news? Growers have an increasing number of options for controlling these diseases.·[Read Full Article]
Curious about what’s left behind in the pursuit to produce potatoes? A new online tool designed specifically for potato producers can tell us just that, and provide guidance in the quest to reduce a farm’s carbon footprint.·[Read Full Article]
Stamps around the world have featured the history, cultivation, rural economy, research, utilization and art of the potato. Collectively, they emphasize the broad adaptation and wide utilization of this global food crop.·[Read Full Article]