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A Canadian Love Affair

Michel and Hanneke Camps didn’t plan on becoming farm owners when they first arrived in Canada in 2000. The husband and wife had both graduated from university in their native Holland with degrees in intensive livestock management and were eager to gain some work experience abroad. They ended up in southern Alberta and spent the next two years doing just that, Michel at a potato farm and Hanneke at a nearby hog…

Fall Bedding

Fall bedding in potato fields allows for soil preparation work to be done when growers typically have more time and labour available to them. In this system, growers usually irrigate, broadcast fertilizer as needed, plow, and then form beds into which they plant the following spring. For this edition of Roundtable, Spud Smart asked the following five experts to weigh in on their experiences with fall bedding. Louis Claassen, a potato producer…

Market News

In many parts of the country, it was a very hot, dry summer. As a result, this year’s total potato production numbers likely will be down from the record-setting crop of 2015 and that could spell good news on the price front, according to Kevin MacIsaac. The general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) told Spud Smart in late August that final production and yield figures won’t be tallied…

New varieties with spark

Improving mashed potatoes is no easy feat, but breeders around the world are doing just that. At the Ontario Potato Board’s annual field day in August, several new table stock varieties were unveiled to a large crowd of growers, industry personnel and researchers. By far the variety garnering the most interest was Electra, a large round, yellow-skinned and yellow-fleshed variety developed by IPM Potato Group of Ireland. Introduced in Canada by Real…

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…

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