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Thinking Biorationally

In the battle against potato pests, what’s old is becoming new again. Biological pesticides, or biorational pesticides as they are also known, are gaining growing acceptance among farmers, despite the fact that biological pest control technology is anything but new. In fact, this type of pest control — that is, using ‘natural’ substances produced by Mother Nature to combat diseases and insects — is the oldest weapon in a farmer’s arsenal. “The…

Sustainability Matters

In November of 2012, the government of Prince Edward Island, the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, the P.E.I. Potato Board and the Kensington North Watersheds Association all signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Fertilizer Institute to further the industry’s goal of increasing environmental sustainability in the province through improved fertilizer use. The agreement is entitled the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding, the four R’s referring to “right source, right rate,…

Innovations in Crop Protection

Across Canada, growers are implementing integrated approaches to pest control, including the use of biologically-prepared pesticides which boast lower environmental as well as human and animal health risks compared to some chemical pest control products. Biopesticides are made from the natural products of plants, living organisms or minerals. “These products are capable of being toxic or producing metabolites that are deleterious to pests or pathogens of other organisms,” says Khalil Al-Mughrabi, a…

NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

From Africa to the Netherlands, aeroponics to manure scanning, new innovations are cutting costs and increasing productivity. Aeroponics: More Disease-Free Seed Potatoes in Less Time for Developing Nations Disease-free seed potatoes produced in higher quantities and in less time are the result of research into aeroponics, now underway through the International Potato Center (CIP). Aeroponics refers to the process of growing plants that are suspended in a closed or semi-closed environment, and…

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