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AAFC’s New Varieties for 2013

Potatoes are the third most important food source in the world, so there’s no denying the importance of advancing the crop to help feed a burgeoning global population. Breeding new, successful varieties is one way to measure progress in the potato production pipeline. Earlier this year at its annual accelerated release selections open house in Fredericton, N.B., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada unveiled its choices of promising, new potato varieties.  Running since 1998,…

Stopping the Spread of Late Blight

Late blight disease has been a challenge to potato producers in Canada for many years, but new strains of the pathogen are making it more difficult to control. The US-8 genotype has been dominant in much of Canada for the past 15 years; however, new studies indicate it’s no longer the leading strain. Khalil Al-Mughrabi, acting manager and pathologist at the Potato Development Centre in Fredericton, N.B., says that’s because more aggressive…

The Path of Least Resistance

Twenty years ago, all was going well on Gary Linkletter’s potato operation in Prince Edward Island. Linkletter, who currently serves as chairman of the P.E.I. Potato Board and was also co-chair of the Potato Council of the Canadian Horticultural Council, was doing everything right—not only did he use regular crop rotations, but he also had a hard and fast policy of rotating chemistries. Then the unthinkable happened. “All of a sudden, one…

From our Desk

Planning the Best Pest Response

That smiling visage to the left belongs to me, the new editor of Spud Smart. It is my pleasure to contribute the From Our Desk feature along with a number of other articles for this, our spring 2013 issue—but first, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I’m a veteran journalist with decades of experience as a news reporter, writer, editor and producer for magazines, newspapers, television and the Internet. I…

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