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Soil Tilling, Mulching Key To China’s Potato Crop

When you think of China, do you think of potatoes? Maybe not, but in the Loess Plateau region of northwestern China, potato is the main food crop. Even though it is such an important crop there, potato yields are lower than they could be. The area has a dry climate with uneven precipitation. Droughts are common, especially in the spring when crops are just starting to emerge. If soil moisture was more…

BASF Pipeline: New products for Potato Growers

Recently, I attended a meeting organized by the staff of BASF to provide updates on several pesticides in the pipeline. Two products that caught my attention were Zidua and CIMEGRA.  Zidua is a pre-emergence herbicide that controls redroot pigweed and suppresses lamb’s quarters.  It is in the same family as dimethenamid-p (Outlook) and s-metolachlor (Dual Magnum).Andrew Robinson, a potato agronomist in North Dakota and Minnesota, has been testing Zidua for three seasons. “Zidua needs to be…

Proposed Regulatory Decision for Mancozeb

Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada is proposing cancellation of all uses of mancozeb, except greenhouse tobacco, due to unacceptable risks to human health and the environment. Mancozeb is a broad-spectrum contact fungicide with multi-site modes of action. The public, including manufacturers and stakeholders, are encouraged to submit comments during the 90-day public consultation period, beginning Oct. 5, 2018. All comments should be addressed to the Pest…

New Label Expansion for Frontier Max Herbicide

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.— On Sept. 24, 2018, BASF Canada Inc. was granted a new label expansion for FrontierMax herbicide, for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes. In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. “Potato growers continue to look for new solutions for their weed control challenges, and we believe Frontier Max will…

Non-Renewal of Diquat (Reglone) Approval

According to the August 31 bulletin from the U.K.’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Reglone’s days are numbered, says Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board. “Loss of the active ingredient Diquat will be a significant blow for European potato growers, as it is an effective desiccant, which helps achieve skin set—such a key requirement for successful storage—and cuts down the risk of disease spread immediately prior to harvest,”…

New Spud Smart Webinar: Managing Potato Virus Y

Managing Potato Virus Y Live on: Wednesday, September 5, 1 p.m. EDT Register here: https://spudsmart.com/webinar/ Join our webinar and find out how to manage potato virus Y. During this webinar, participants will learn: How to plan today to manage PVY Management tools PVY What challenges growers are facing with respect to PVY and why New tactics researchers are developing to fight PVY New control product available Speakers:  Mathuresh Singh, director of Agricultural Certification Services…

PMRA to Conduct New Mancozeb Re-Evaluation

August 19, 2018—After a June 2018 decision to restrict the use of Mancozeb on a wide variety of food and feed crops, including tomatoes, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency will conduct a new Mancozeb re-evaluation for stakeholders’ consultation, says Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board. The June decision also restricts Mancozeb use on ornamentals, oilseed, and fibre crops, as well as in forests and woodlots. Mancozeb is a…

Canadian Grain Commission Invests Surplus Funds in the Harvest Sample Program

Canadian producers will have access to even more information on the quality of their harvest thanks to enhancements to the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program. Beginning in the 2018-19 crop year, producers who participate in the Harvest Sample Program will receive falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) results for their wheat samples at no cost. With this additional information in hand, producers will be better able to market their crop to ensure…

‘Canadian Potato Growers Made Wise Planting Decisions,’ Says Grower Organization

Statistics Canada released the first official estimate of planted Canadian potato acreage for 2018. Planted acreage nationally is slightly up +0.5% and is estimated to be 347,416 acres, compared to 345,817 acres planted in 2017. “It overall reflects improved demand for processing products,” says the general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, Kevin MacIsaac. He says the slight increase further indicates that producers “have made wise planting decisions after assessing…

Enormous Potato Production Potential in Africa

Since 1990, the acreage used for potato production worldwide has increased by 40%. The delivered volume has also doubled. Over the same period, the trade value of potatoes has shot up by 400%. Dr Maximo Torero is the World Bank’s Executive Director. He says that, in a large part, this imbalance of increasing production versus the increasing value of potatoes can be found in the frozen product sector. “The most significant increase…

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