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Seeding Update — Ontario

There are now about 550 acres of of processing and table potatoes have been planted in the Leamington area in Ontario, according to Mark VanOostrum, field supply manager with Beeton, Ont.-based WD Potato Ltd. Growers in the Delhi area started planting this week; only a few acres are in the ground so far, Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board, says in an email. She expects there should be…

Aerial spraying

Keeping Up with Change

Recent re-evaluations by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency mean potato producers should take extra care to read the label when applying pesticides like chlorothalonil this year. In recent years, special reviews and re-evaluation decisions on pesticide uses by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) have had a considerable impact on potato farming in Canada. For growers and other stakeholders in the industry, it’s been a challenge to keep up with regulatory…

Alliston potato variety

New Varieties Roundup

The latest and most innovative potato varieties available across Canada —which may just put your old favourites out to pasture. Potato breeding in Canada is booming, and to keep our readers abreast of new developments, we reached out to the leading firms and organizations across the country to find out all about their latest and most innovative varieties. Without further ado, here is the new tuber roundup from coast to coast. HZPC…

Potato plants in a row in a field

Seeding Update — Ontario Potato Planting Starts

Potato planting across southern Ontario has began within the last few weeks, Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board, says in an email. There has already been 130 acres of potatoes planted in the Lemington area, according to Mark VanOostrum, Banks notes. The area received two inches of rain last weekend, which stalled planting for a few days. Planting started this week at Whites Potato Farm located near Vanessa,…

Fusarium and Soft Rot

Disease Watch: Fusarium Seed Piece Decay, Fusarium Dry Rot

Fusarium is the most common fungus responsible for seed-piece decay and dry rot. Although Fusarium is found in most soils, infected seed tubers are the most important sources of inoculum. Planting infected seed results in poor stands and serious economic losses. Soft rot bacteria often invade tubers with dry rot, which causes the seed to rot very quickly. Identification External lesions are sunken and shriveled with concentric wrinkles. Cracks often form in…

Potato seeds poking out of the dirt

Seeding Checklist

As you prepare your potato seed to plant this spring, here are a few things to keep in mind. Preparing your seed and making sure you’re planting the right variety for your area can help optimize your potato crop. Here are a few things to keep in mind for spring planting, from Steven Johnson, crops specialist with the University of Maine’s presentation at the Ontario Potato Conference in Guelph, Ont. in March….

Potato field with PED

Feds Earmark $2.3 Million for PED Research

The Canadian government is giving the Canadian Horticultural Council $2.3 million for research on managing Potato Early Dying (PED) disease, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Marie-Claude Bibeau says in an announcement at the Canadian Horticultural Council AGM today in Ottawa on March 11. The research work is meant to provide potato growers with the knowledge, tools and technologies they need to manage PED. As part of the project the Canadian Horticulture…

Potato plants growing in a field

New Research Highlights Drop in New Brunswick PVY levels

Potato Virus Y (PVY) levels in the New Brunswick potato industry have dropped dramatically in the last decade following the instituting of strict regulatory limits on PVY in seed lots and through careful in-field management by growers of this aphid-spread disease, Potatoes New Brunswick says in a news release. Average PVY level in all tested potato seed lots harvested in 2009 was 11.8 per cent — a decade later in 2019 it…

P.E.I. Farmers Fight Back Against Late Blight With Ag Tech

To cut down on costs and make their operations more efficient Prince Edward Island potato farmers have started using precision agriculture technology to prevent late blight, according to a news release from the Prince Edward Island Potato Board. Farmers usually use fungicides throughout the growing season to protect from late blight which can cause millions of dollars in crop losses. Many P.E.I. farmers though have started using precision agriculture technology like localized…

Practices for Mitigating Soil Compaction

ALTHOUGH FARMERS have known for a long time that soil compaction is an important issue, they are now getting more serious than ever about its management. Compaction can threaten potato plants in a number of negative ways, yet farmers must often make the decision to enter a field (e.g. at planting) when conditions don’t lend themselves well to compaction prevention. However, a wholistic approach throughout the year employing the latest strategies will…

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