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Closer™ Insecticide Label Expansion Offers Canadian Growers Even More Pest Protection

Closer™ insecticide from Corteva Agriscience™ now provides Canadian fruit and vegetable growers with even more labeled pest control options. With many growers looking for a single solution capable of controlling more than one pest problem, Closer insecticide’s recent label expansion is excellent news for those wanting greater access to a highly-effective product that controls insects at various stages of growth. Canadian growers already depend on Closer for quick-and-effective control of pests, such…

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U.S. Potato Industry Happy to See Changes to USDA COVID Aid

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised rates for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which previously prevented potato growers from receiving equal access to relief funds, the National Potato Council (NPC) says in a July 9 news release. “The potato industry appreciates the rapid work of USDA in considering these changes and making potatoes eligible for all three categories of payments,” Britt Raybould, NPC president says in the release. “We…

Chasing Harvesters

I have run beside many planters and maybe even more harvesters, jumping over dirt clumps and getting a face full of dust – all for that perfect picture of a piece of equipment in action. As growers know, being out in the field isn’t necessarily glamourous, but we love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m part of the marketing team at Lockwood, and many of us have spent our…

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U.S. French Fry Processing Dropped 10 Per Cent Due to Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown caused restaurants across to close to slow the spread of the virus earlier this year, it is now expected french fry processing plants in the United States are likely to have packed 10 per cent few frozen potato products in the year ending May 31, the July 8 issue of North American Potato Market News (NAPM) says. “Raw product supply constraints will limit production regardless of any rebound in…

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Researchers use TALENs for Targeted Genome Editing of Potato

Scientists at Osaka University in Japan and partners have used successfully target genome editing in potato using transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), according to results published in the Plant Biotechnology journal. The report notes that genome editing using site-specific nucleases such as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat–CRISPR-associated protein 9 and TALENs are highly useful in crop breeding. In the study, the researchers infected a potato with Agrobacterium tumefaciens harboring TALEN-expression vector targeting…

North West Europe Potato Acres Inch Up Slightly

Potato acreage in northwestern Europe increased around 0.5 per cent this year compared to last, a July 7 news release from the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) says. “Under the actual circumstances, this is considered as too much, however, the COVID-19 situation arrived at the moment that growers already ordered their seed potatoes and rented potato land, too late for an area reduction,” the release says. Increases mostly happened in Germany and…

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Second Growth — A Physiological Problem Induced by Heat and Drought

Second growth is a physiological potato problem induced by prolonged air temperatures above 28 C and water stress. These two factors interact to limit the tuber growth rate, thus causing second growth. Inadequate soil moisture alone does not result in the initiation of second growth. Southern Ontario is being hit hard this summer by a long period of excessive heat and drought which is causing second growth on some varieties. Potato varieties…

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Philippine Farmers Find Canadian Spuds Thrive

After a bountiful harvest with better yields and higher income from their first trial of Canadian potato varieties, farmers in northern Benguet, Philippines are expected to plant more Canadian potato varieties, a post from the Philippine News Agency on July 6, says. A July 1 report from the Department of Agriculture–Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR), showed data from planting trials done by Manpat, a farmers association in Balili, Mankayan town, and the Seeds…

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Summer 2020 Market News

The surplus of spuds created by the COVID 19 pandemic closures will affect the potato market well into the fall. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the Canadian potato market, with fresh potato sales taking off while the service industry closures caused french fry demand to plunge. While demand is starting to rebound, the pandemic effects will continue to be felt for months. Potato holdings figures released in June by the United Potato…

Manitoba Potato Heat Units Nearing Possible Early Blight Infection

The potato heat units are nearing 300 units and close to possible early blight infection, the July 3 provincial potato report from Manitoba Agriculture’s Vikram Bisht says. Rains in the western potato growing regions from June 30 to July 1 have been heavier than in eastern parts of the province. Total rainfall is still 35 to 65 per cent below normal, the report notes. High temperatures of around 32C for a few…

Saskatchewan to Invest $4 Billion In Irrigation Project At Lake Diefenbaker

Work will immediately begin to build irrigation infrastructure for Lake Diefenbaker for up to 500,000 acres of land, the Saskatchewan government announced in a news release on July 2. The project will more than double Saskatchewan’s irrigable land. It will begin with an immediate $22.5 million investment in preliminary engineering and initial construction, with continued to project construction expected to occur approximately over the next 10 years in three main phases at…

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