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In this issue, you’ll discover how new research shows promise in curing common scab. You’ll also learn about preventing Dickeya, Curtailing Chlorothalonil, and get tips from industry experts on best practices for soil fumigation.

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Late Blight Detected in Western Manitoba Potato Crop

Manitoba’s first case of late blight for the year was found in a western Manitoba field over the weekend. Manitoba Agriculture plant pathologist Vikram Bisht says they can’t speculate on the source of this disease, but notes that in this case, the lesions have already reached sporulation. Bisht says farmers need to be scouting carefully for late blight. “Especially in low-lying areas of the fields, or in areas where (plants) are protected…

More than 22,600 kilograms of P.E.I. potatoes — valued at about $30,000 — were unloaded in Fort McMurray on Wednesday. (Twitter/@PEIPotatoes)

Fort McMurray Residents Thankful for P.E.I. Potatoes

A truckload of P.E.I. potatoes was accepted with enthusiasm in Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday. The donation is a way for the industry on the Island to offer support to those affected by the wildfires, said Kendra Mills of the P.E.I. Potato Board. The truck, carrying more than 22,600 kilograms of spuds, left P.E.I. last week and arrived Wednesday. The response to the potatoes has been wonderful with lots of positive comments on social media, Mills said….

Chloropicrin being applied on a potato field near Wicklow, N.B., as part of the soil fumigation trials taking place in that province.
 Photo: Chad Hutchinson.

Soil Fumigation in Potatoes

While it is practiced extensively in the United States, soil fumigation is anything but common in potato production in Canada. But there’s a growing voice within the industry that views soil fumigants like chloropicrin as an important tool that should not be overlooked for ensuring healthier, better yielding potato crops. For this edition of Roundtable, Spud Smart asked the following six experts to weigh in on the use of soil fumigation in…

Ontario grower Brad Dorsey spraying his potato crop with chlorothalonil in June. 
Photo: Eugenia Banks.

Curtailing Chlorothalonil

Eugenia Banks was the Potato Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for 25 years. While with the ministry, she developed the Integrated Pest Management Program for Ontario, conducted on-farm research trials, and organized both the Ontario Potato Conference and the Ontario Potato Field Day. Her on-farm trials evaluated new potato varieties, new crop protection materials and new technologies. She focused on common scab, a worldwide problem in…

Industry News

PEOPLE NEWS Sweet Potato Scientists Awarded World Food Prize Three International Potato Center (CIP) scientists, Jan Low, Maria Andrade, and Robert Mwanga, along with Howarth Bouis of HarvestPlus will be awarded the World Food Prize in recognition of their combined success in improving nutrition and health through biofortified crops. The World Food Prize Laureates who will share the $250,000 prize equally. “These four scientists have changed the lives of millions through their…

World Review

Mars As humans prepare to blast off to Mars, there is still the question of what they’ll eat once they colonize the red planet. Scientists who have traveled here to the Peruvian desert say they have the answer. Potatoes. Researchers at the Lima-based International Potato Center (CIP) and scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are studying which type of potato could be best suited for extraterrestrial farming to support a…

From our Desk

Leveraging Social Media in Agriculture

Whether social media is used for personal or business, it has and will continue to have a tremendous impact on society. It’s not only revolutionized the way we communicate with friends, family and peers, but it has increased the speed of conversation dramatically. It’s also a huge factor in modernizing a business’s connection with their current and prospective customers. Social media is a series of community-building networks — where we start and…

Eye On The Nation

  Prince Edward Island By Alex Docherty, Chairman, Prince Edward Island Potato Board Lower volumes of snow in early 2016 meant we had a more of a normal spring in P.E.I. A stretch of wet weather in June however, resulted in growers playing catch up trying to get field operations like herbicide sprays and hilling completed. Only as we approached the longest day of the year did temperatures turn seasonable, and growers were looking ahead…

New Appointments at World Potato Congress

Douglas Harley of Scotland, a well-recognized potato industry player from the United Kingdom, has been appointed to the board of directors of the World Potato Congress. Harley’s appointment follows the retirement of Albert Wada after an eight-year term as an active member of the WPC board. The board also approved the appointment of two international advisers, Frank Mulcahy of Australia and Kaiyun Xie of China. According to the WPC, all three appointments…

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Sweet Potato Scientists Awarded World Food Prize

Three International Potato Center (CIP) scientists, Jan Low, Maria Andrade, and Robert Mwanga, along with Howarth Bouis of HarvestPlus will be awarded the World Food Prize in recognition of their combined success in improving nutrition and health through biofortified crops. The World Food Prize Laureates who will share the $250,000 prize equally. “These four scientists have changed the lives of millions through their efforts,” said CIP Director General Barbara Wells. “They made…

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