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Trying Something New in P.E.I.

For years, Robert Green has been growing barley and canola in rotation with potatoes on his farm in Bedeque, P.E.I. This season, he’s decided to try something new. Green is sticking with potatoes, but he is introducing some different crops into his rotation. They are green and yellow pea and faba bean — crops you don’t typically see on Island farms. “We’re going to try a couple of new crops here this…

Michael Smith Promotes Potatoes

Michael Smith loves potatoes, and he’s reaching out on social media May 26 at 9.m. Eastern Time to let the whole world know. The internationally renowned chef is starring in two potato-related videos that are among a series of 10 videos produced for the Half Your Plate campaign to promote eating more fruits and vegetables by filling half your plate with these food items. The first of them is being released this week…

Green Light for Innate in Canada

Imagine walking into a grocery store in the future and finding fresh potatoes pre-cut, packaged and ready to cook. It’s a product the J.R. Simplot Company is envisioning thanks to its genetically modified Generation 1 Innate potato, which was given the green light by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada earlier this year. Canadian approval came too late for them to be grown commercially in this country in 2016, but…

Dickeya: A New Threat to Potato Production in North America

The main bacteria causing potato blackleg and tuber soft rot are Pectobacterium atrosepticum, P. carotovorum subsp. carotovorum, and Dickeya spp., all formerly belonging to the genus Erwinia. Dickeya and Pectobacterium affect a number of host species including potato, carrot, broccoli, corn, sunflower and parsnip, but they do not appear to thrive on legumes and small grains. These bacteria characteristically produce a range of cell-wall-degrading enzymes that macerate plant tissues on which they…

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