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A Growing Appetite for Sweet Potatoes

The Canadian sweet potato industry is preparing itself to expand with a new variety developed specifically for the country’s climate. Sweet potato consumption in North America has doubled in the last decade —which is good news for Canadian growers. But the celebration doesn’t stop there, as a made-in-Canada variety of the root vegetable is showing excellent yields in recent trials. Radiance, a variety developed by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario…

Colorado Potato Beetle

Survival of the Fittest

As insecticide resistance grows within the Colorado Potato Beetle population, you may be wondering how is this happening? It only takes a few survivors to make something spread — which is how insecticide resistance is growing throughout the Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) population. “Resistance really is survival of the fittest,” Ian MacRae, an extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota, told the audience at the Ontario Potato Conference in Guelph, Ont. in…

Plane spraying potato field

Shrinking Toolbox

With fewer pesticides available to control insects and disease, potato growers in Canada need to find new options for protecting their crops. In recent years, the loss of a number of important pesticide products as well as new restrictions on the use of some others has meant potato growers are having to think outside the toolbox to protect their crops from harmful diseases and insects. Among the latest pesticides to be removed…

Potato field fertilized with Yara products

Roundtable — The Latest Practices for Use of Liquid and Dry Fertilizers

Our experts Bryan Maynard, co-owner, Farmboys farm in Richmond, P.E.I. Alan Blaylock, senior agronomist with Nutrien From Yara: Shawn McIver, Maritimes regional sales manager Maarten de Voogd, global potato business manager Toby Goodroad, market development director for North America Brady Stover, sales agronomist, Washington region Murray Van Zeggelaar, vice-president, ALPINE in New Hamburg, Ont. Experts review current trends and best practices to get the most out of using both forms of nutrient…

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…

Grocery store potatoes

Pandemic Potato Sale Surge

The early weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown have shoppers stockpiling groceries, which is pushing fresh potato sales across Canada to record levels. The spud is versatile food, it can be used in various dishes and stores well — so it makes sense shoppers would turn to it as they plan to hunker down for an unknown amount of time during the novel coronavirus pandemic. In mid-March the federal and provincial governments across…

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 chips spilling out of a bag

Smaller Chips

Shifting consumer habits have potato chip companies making smaller bags, requiring smaller chips and therefore smaller potatoes. Great things come in small packages may just be the idea the potato chip industry is following. As consumers are asking for more “snackable” options, potato chip companies are responding with smaller bags and they’re now asking farmers for smaller potatoes for those bags. Most chip processing plants were built when “big potatoes filled larger…

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…

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