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Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Tours AAFC Fredericton Research Centre

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, toured the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Fredericton research centre April 23 to learn about the department’s research into all things potatoes. The visit included a stop at the centre’s Potato Gene Repository with Fredericton scientist Benoit  Bizimungu. The repository contains Canadian and international potato germplasm. Potato research is the centre’s main focus with an emphasis on potato agroecosystem, bioecology, potato germplasm enhancement and enhancing the…

Fusarium-Infected Seed Potatoes

I have yet to meet a potato grower who is not familiar with the symptoms of the Fusarium dry rot that develops in storage.  The skin of infected areas is wrinkled, and there is a dry, non-smelly rot in the affected flesh.  However, Fusarium may also infect potato seed during transit or handling.  Bruises or wounds allow Fusarium and also soft rot bacteria to get into tubers. I received a photo last…

Is Bigger Really Better?

Potato storage today has come a long way from the wooden shed out back older generations remember. Today, improved aeration systems, thicker gauge steel and innovative designs mean companies like ours can easily build potato storage sheds that hold 215,000 hundredweight and stretch 420 feet in length or more. But, is bigger always better? It entirely depends on your priorities. Building a single large, rather than two or more smaller potato storage…

AgriExpo 2019 to be held August 14 – 15 in Grand Falls, N.B.

Valley Chamber of Commerce, Potatoes NB, and Master Promotions Ltd. are working in partnership to bring AgriExpo 2019 to Grand Falls, N.B. The agriculture-focused event will showcase new trends, technology and equipment for farming sectors across New Brunswick, Quebec and Maine. On August 14 and 15, 2019, AgriExpo will welcome thousands of farmers and industry professionals to Grand Falls, showcasing over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. Attendees will…

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What’s Old is New Again: Practical CPB Insecticide Resistance Management

  As growers head into another production season, some are concerned about Colorado potato beetle populations and rising neonic insecticide resistance.  Ian MacRae, a professor and extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota, offered some practical insecticide resistance management steps at Manitoba Potato Production Days in January in Brandon. MacRae kicked off the conference presentations with a talk about Colorado potato beetle management in a post-neonic world.  The bottom line is we’re…

Potato Cultivation Is Gaining Ground Again In Spain

Since Spain joined the EU, its potato acreage has dropped from 200,000 hectares down to 65,000 hectares, although it seems that the decline may be coming to an end due to several factors. Firstly, consumers increasingly demand products with better culinary qualities. The potatoes stored at low temperatures, although aesthetically attractive, have disappointed the consumers in terms of taste, motivating them to switch to other products, such as pasta. The new potato…

New WPC Webinar with Dr. Gary Secor on BMPs for Seed Potato Handling

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is very pleased to be offering its third webinar in its 2019 series with Dr. Gary Secor. Secor is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D, United States. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Montana State University, and his PhD from the University of California-Davis. Secor has worked with numerous potato diseases, concentrating in recent years…

Special Issue of the American Journal of Potato Research is Available Online

The Potato Association of America is pleased to announce that the special issue of the American Journal of Potato Research (AJPR), Volume 96 Number 2 is now available online. The focus of this publication is “The Contribution of Potatoes to Human Nutrition.” It is the hope of the PAA that this special issue highlights the unique contribution of potato to the human diet, and concurrently expands AJPR readership and the journal’s stature…

Potato Acreage Growth In Line with Demand

The NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) have estimated that the upcoming area for consumption potatoes in 2019 will increase between one and two per cent toward almost 604,000 hectares in the five main production countries, driven by estimated increase in the area on the mainland. This is the largest area for more than ten years. This is a first estimation: planting for main crop is only starting and final figures will come…

Eye On The Nation

SPRING 2019 MANITOBA Dan Sawatzky, General Manager, Keystone Potato Producers Association As I write this snapshot of what I am seeing in the Manitoba potato world, both Simplot Canada and McCain Foods are busy with capital projects. Simplot is on track with the construction of a new plant adjacent to their Portage location doubling their capacity and adding to their ability to produce specialty products. McCain is near the end of a…

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