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Using smartphones to battle pests

A new app has been designed to help growers of field crops identify and manage insects, pathogens and weeds. And there is potential for other crops to be included once work on the current setup is complete. Set to be officially released in 2018 on Android and iOS, the Mobile Integrated Pest Management (Mobile-IPM) app is a tool for Canadian farmers. It focuses on the major Canadian crops such as oilseeds, cereals…

Loosing Linuron

Linuron is a staple ingredient in herbicides used for decades to help Canadian growers control broadleaf and grassy weeds prior to planting potatoes each growing season. However, changes are coming that will affect growers who rely on this pre-plant burndown product to control persistent weeds. Linuron is an active ingredient in some Group 7 herbicide products that growers have been using effectively, not just to control weeds and to also fight against…

Integrated Pest Management

Pests in their many forms — rooted, winged or microscopic — are a problem for any potato grower. Eradicating weeds, bugs and diseases in a way that’s environmentally sustainable but also makes economic sense is a primary goal of using an Integrated Pest Management strategy. We posed the question of best management practices in IPM to three growers from across the country: Michel Camps of Alberta, P.E.I.’s Thomas Hamill and Eugene Antworth…

Crop Scouting

As most commercial potato growers know, field scouting is a vital part of a farm’s Integrated Pest Management program. Crop scouts move methodically through fields looking for pests, measuring plant and pest populations and collecting information that growers can then use to make important pest control decisions. This information can help growers know not only if pest control measures are needed, but where they are needed. Many of the insects, diseases and…

Tuber Talk

Killing Weeds with Less

Successful weed management is one of the cornerstones of successful commercial potato production, particularly at the start of each growing season. Controlling weeds in potato crops doesn’t appear to be getting any easier—many Canadian growers and researchers alike agree this seems to be more of a challenge with each passing year. Weeds compete directly with potato plants for the basic natural elements required for growth, namely light, water and nutrients, and can…

Equipment and Technology Showcase

Transporting Potatoes GOW Group Inc., an industrial fabrication facility in Grand Falls, N.B., is offering a new, redesigned bulk box for transporting potatoes and other produce. The box offers a number of new features, including a vertical sliding side gate, round construction, front and rear planetary drives, and an easy-access swing out hydraulic compartment. GOW owner/operator, Marco Gagnon, says the time was right for a redesign. “The box was the same design…

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