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The Balancing Act

Recent liming research completed in Prince Edward Island shows that applying lime to the soil does not increase the occurrence of scab when scab-free seed is planted. Robert Coffin, president of Potato Consulting Services Inc., conducted the lime research trials on his farm near Green Bay, P.E.I. last year. Scab, a bacterial disease, is a major problem worldwide that can impact tuber quality. Coffin’s liming trials generated much interest, as very little…


Canadian growers are facing six major potato storage diseases this season, says Khalil Al-Mughrabi, a pathologist at the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries’ Potato Development Centre; they are late blight, pink rot, pythium leak, fusarium dry rot, soft rot and silver scurf. “These diseases can potentially be problems in storage. However, if growers manage their crops well, not only in the field but also in storage, they can reduce…

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