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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…

Potato sorting

Potato Consumption Rebound Puts Squeeze on Reduced Acres

Potato acres across Canada are expected to be down for 2020, due to contract volume cuts in March as the pandemic lockdown hit North America. After a three-month long rollercoaster ride for the potato industry, there’s good news on the horizon. “The rebound is happening faster than anyone anticipated,” Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, says in a phone interview. “We thought we would have far too…

Potato plants in a row in a field

Rainfall in Manitoba Potato Regions Below Normal

Rainfall in Manitoba potato growing areas has been 35 to 70 per cent of normal levels with less rain having fallen over the last week, the June 26 provincial potato report from Manitoba Agriculture’s Vikram Bisht says. Potato heat units are near or just above normal, the report notes. Crop emergence and stand are looking good with some late planted fields just emerging. Winds have been strong which has caused some sand-blasting injury…

Direct seeding with minimal tillage

First of its Kind

A farmer in Manitoba is trying out a first of its kind seeding experiment — using direct seeding with minimal tillage to try and reduce soil compaction and erosion in his fields. Chad Berry has been practicing zero tillage seeding on his grain crops for years but had always wanted to do it on his potato fields. However, he didn’t feel his potato planter would work for it, so when he upgraded…

Potato field

Potato Update for Ontario

Fields across Ontario are at very different stages ranging from flowering and bulking in south western Ontario to still emerging in late areas such as Shelburne-Melancton. Most of the fields planted in early May in central Ontario are filling the rows, and tuber size is good! I saw leaf burning caused by heat and excessive evapo-transpiration. Plants overgrow this leaf burning lesions. Poor emergence has been noticeable in a few fields. Possible…

Potato plants growing in a field

Potatoes Starting to Emerge in Manitoba Fields

Emergence in Manitoba potato fields is ranging from not emerged to 25 cm in height, the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture on June 16, says. Some blackleg/soft rot and dry rot affected sprouts are being noticed in some fields, the report notes. Cutworms have also been found in some fields.

Potato plants in a row in a field

Manitoba Potato Planting Done

All commercial potato planting is done in Manitoba with emergence five to seven days behind normal, the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture, released on June 9 says. Weed control operations are underway with wild oats being noted in some fields, the report notes. Strong winds have caused erosion of hills.

Potato seeds poking out of the dirt

Canadian Potato Planting Nearing Complete Nationally

Potato acres across Canada are almost all planted, according to an update from the United Potato Growers of Canada, published on May 28. Across most of the country planting conditions have been good which has allowed farmers to get their spuds in the ground in a timely manner. Prince Edward Island Planting on the island is about 70 per cent complete with no rain delays having happened in the past 10 days,…

Fully grown potatoes poking out of the dirt

Bulk of Southern Ontario Potatoes Planted in Last Week

The majority of Ontario’s potato crop was seeded over the past week, the May 21 vegetable crop report from ONvegtables, says. Growers are being recommended to check on seed piece health in fields which were planted before the stretch of frosts, the report notes. “The crop may be slower to emerge so keep that in mind when applying your pre-emerge herbicides.”

Rows of planted potato hills

Manitoba Potato Planting Half Done

More than 50 per cent of potato acres in the central region of Manitoba have been planted, the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture, says on May 19. “Potato planting continues with over 50% of the acres planted. Cold soil temperature was slowing emergence, but conditions are improving rapidly,” the report notes.

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