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Spudsmart Webinar & Podcast – Soil Fumigation

  Experts share their experiences and weigh in on why soil fumigation can be a useful tool in combatting soil diseases in potatoes. During this webinar you will: • Learn how soil fumigants are used to control nematodes and problematic diseases in potato such as verticillium wilt and common scab • Discover how soil fumigation can improve potato yields and quality • Learn about best practices for applying fumigants such as chloropicrin…

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…

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…

2016 Crop Outlook

In 2015, Canadian potato growers enjoyed record-setting yields in many parts of the country, including New Brunswick, Manitoba and Alberta. Nationally, the average potato yield was a 305 hundredweight per acre, up from the previous record of 294 hundredweight set the year before. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, stated in mid-June that 2015’s exceptional numbers can be attributed to favourable growing conditions. “It was a warm…

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…

What’s in a Name?

Even though Shakespeare has very eloquently expressed that names are no substitute for substance (as Juliet tells Romeo: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”), names are nevertheless important. In many cultures, great emphasis is placed on the naming of newborn children — in some instances, first names may provide an indication of the cultural, political and social circumstances surrounding the…

Investing in Better Drainage

During a wet year, having tile drainage in your field can make or break your crop. So says potato producer John Goff, co-owner of Corduroy Plains Farm near Carman, Man. Under certain conditions, he says, tile drainage can mean the difference between a bumper crop and no crop at all. Goff’s farmland is made up of Almasippi soil, with a clay layer about four feet from the surface. Although the sandy soil…

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