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Our summer 2017 issue features several stories related to the production season, including the 2017 production outlook, pests to watch for this season, and soil and water issues. And in honour of the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation, we recognize the role potatoes have played in Canada’s
thriving agriculture sector over many years. All this and more in the summer 2017 issue of Spud Smart.

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Scottish Potato Industry Unites to Fund Major Blackleg Research Project

A group of major potato businesses and public sector organizations, including the Scottish government and AHDB, is sponsoring a £242,000 (USD 313,000) research project aimed at reducing the impact of potato disease blackleg on the Scottish seed potato industry. AHDB and the Scottish government joint-funded a project during 2013-2016 which provided significant new information on blackleg and its origins. It also highlighted areas where further investigation is required for improved management of…

Ongoing monitoring program finds potato psyllids

University of Lethbridge biogeography professor Dr. Dan Johnson and his team have been monitoring Prairie potato fields for the past few years, looking for evidence of the potato psyllid insect and a bacterium it can carry that can lead to zebra chip disease in potato crops. So far in 2017, the number of potato psyllids has been lower than in previous years. U.S. researchers and research news also report lower numbers this…

French Fries Gaining Ground

Hot, convenient and delicious fast food – that’s what’s driving the growing global demand for frozen potato products such as french fries. Bruce Huffaker, publisher of North American Potato Market News, says the biggest current growth markets for french fries are Brazil and several countries in both the Pacific Rim and Middle East. While Europe offers aggressive pricing, good currency value and some transportation advantages, Huffaker says North America’s biggest advantages are…

44th Annual Alliston Potato Festival

The 44th Annual Alliston Potato Festival goes this weekend, starting today, Aug. 11, 12 and 13, in Allison, Ont. With a parade and numerous attractions, this is a must-go-to-event for Ontario potato growers AND consumers. More information

PotatoEurope 2017: Meet the World, Feed Your Mind

PotatoEurope 2017 opens its doors Sept. 13-14 in Emmeloord, Netherlands, with the theme “potatoes feed/meet the world.” PotatoEurope consists of an international trade fair, field demonstrations, multiple machinery demonstrations, knowledge sessions, a young professional program, an innovation award, company visits and much more. About 15,000 visitors are expected from 50 countries, and will watch potato harvesters, transport vehicles, tractors, storage machinery and box filling equipment – all live in action. In addition,…

Late blight confirmed in Manitoba

Late blight has been confirmed in Manitoba in the rural municipality of Norfolk Treherne, the south central potato growing region in the province. The region had heavy rains last week in the area. Leaf spot infections appear to be scattered close to the irrigation pivot. The infected leaf spots have sporulation and there are a few infected stems as well. Samples are being inspected for strain identification. According to Vikram Bisht, plant…

2017 Ontario Potato Field Day

The Ontario Potato Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 17 at the Alliston HJV Equipment location. This is an excellent opportunity for growers to see what is new in potato equipment, to have a look at new varieties and to exchange information.  In addition, a trade show will feature new potato technology to enhance production practices. A showcase of innovative new potato equipment will include: The New 6M 1500mm Potato…

Parkland Potato Varieties Field Day

Parkland Potato Varieties is hosting a field day at the Crop Diversification Centre South in Brooks, Alta. on August 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following varieties have been selected for the 2017 trial field: Processing Varieties: Basin Russet, Bridget, Excellency Chipping Varieties: AAC Hamer, Destiny Main Market Yellows: Arizona, Yellow Star Main Market Whites: AAC Hamer, Volare Reds: Rosagold Creamers: Anouk,  Destiny, Rosagold, Yellow Star Kirby and Paul Sawatzky…

Wisconsin Potato Growers Face New Restrictions To Prevent Crop Disease

Some Wisconsin potato growers are applauding new state laws that could help protect against crop disease. Gov. Scott Walker signed two new measures involving the potato industry Wednesday. One law requires growers to use certified seed potatoes if planting five or more acres. “It’s a requirement that just about every one of the other seed states in the country that grow seed potatoes already have,” said Alex Crockford, director of the Wisconsin…

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