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After a slow emergence, potatoes in the Leamington area are growing fast, and best of all, they look healthy and vigorous. The attached pictures are courtesy of Chris Rahm, general manager of Setterington’s Fertilizer Service in Cottam, Ont. In other Ontario areas, growers are struggling with the rainy weather and many of them expect to finish planting by June 10. According to the weather network, warm summer temperatures will arrive late this…

United Potato Growers of Canada Planting Update 2019

Prince Edward Island April has been cold with above average rainfall. May has seen more normal amounts of rainfall, however showers almost every second day has made it difficult for growers to get into the fields. As of today, about 10-15% of the potato crop has been planted. Overall acreage will likely be similar to last year. Pricing on old crop has been good with GRI’s at $20.90. Although demand is good,…

IBM Provides Global Agriculture Solution

IBM has announced the global expansion of Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture, with AI technology tailored for new crops and specific regions to help feed a growing population. For the first time, IBM is providing a global agriculture solution that combines predictive technology with data from The Weather Company, an IBM Business, and IoT data to help give farmers around the world greater insights about planning, plowing, planting, spraying and harvesting. By 2050,…

Ontario Planting Update

After the cold, rainy weather that prevailed through April and up to mid-May, spring seems to have arrived.  Warmer weather has allowed growers to get planting as fields dry up.  According to Mark VanOostrum, the processing crop is about 15 days behind: 60 per cent of the field-fry crop is in the ground, but only 20 per cent of the storage crop is planted. In general, planting for the fresh-market crop is also…

New Tool for Growers in the Fight Against Fungicide Resistance

May 13, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian growers have a new tool in the fight against resistance. ManageResistanceNow.ca, a resistance management website, has added fungicide best practice information to help growers minimize the development of resistance in their crops. “Fungicide resistance affects various crops grown across Canada. In fact, it is already an issue in pulses, potatoes and fruit crops,” says Pierre Petelle, president and CEO of CropLife Canada. “I’m pleased we can now offer growers…

How Potatoes Could Become Sun Worshippers

If there’s one thing potato plants don’t like, it’s heat. If the temperature is too high, potato plants form significantly lower numbers of tubers or sometimes none at all. Biochemists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now discovered the reason why. If the temperature rises, a so-called small RNA blocks the formation of tubers. The scientists have now successfully switched off this small RNA and have produced potato plants that are more resistant…

Heat Stress Study Aims to Protect Potato Yields

Temperature has a pronounced effect on the formation of potato tubers: when temperature is too high, potato plants form less or no tubers, which can greatly decrease yields. Scientists at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen Nuremberg (Germany) and the James Hutton Institute have uncovered the genetic mechanism behind the decrease of potato yields under high temperatures, which may help develop heat-tolerant varieties and protect future potato yields. Potato is a major global food crop…

Eugenia Banks: 10-Row Planter

I was in the Alliston, Ont., area during yesterday’s sunny afternoon and was delighted to watch Homer Vander Zaag’s 10-row planter in action.  It did a great job, and the Lamoka seed being planted looked very healthy. Fortunately,  I will be able to keep an eye on this field all summer long because one of my research trials will be in the field. Homer’s 10-row planter is the only one in Ontario…

Training Session for Potato Scouts

If you have scouts that need training, mark your calendars.  The 2019 Training Session for Potato Scouts will be held at the Holiday Inn on Scottsdale Drive in Guelph, Ont., on Monday, June 3.  The Potato Board will provide the 2019 Scouting Manual. Details are provided below. Please email Eugenia Banks with the names of attendees by Friday, May 31. Date: Monday, June 3, 2019 Location: Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre,…

Eugenia Banks: Planting News from Ontario

Cool, wet weather has delayed planting across the province.  According to Mark VanOostrum, 3,000 acres of chipping potatoes are usually planted by May 1, but this year only about 1,000 acres are in the ground. In the Leamington area, the Dakota Pearls that were planted early at Bradley Farms are cracking the ground, and they look healthy.  That is good news! The Envols planted near Chatham for the early fresh market will…

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