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Sugar End Disorder and Stem-End Chip Defect Stress Factors and Management – A Spud Smart Webinar & Podcast

Sugar ends is a physiological disorder that can occur at a tuber’s bud or stem end. The disorder’s symptoms usually aren’t apparent until the tuber’s exposure to colder temperatures — around 10 C or below. The stress that causes the disorder’s development occurs early in the growing season and may be difficult to determine.   Stem-end chip defect is another serious threat affecting tuber quality for chip potato growers. What are the causes…

Fighting Common Scab: A Spud Smart Roundtable Webinar

Common scab is a pervasive threat to some potato-growing regions in Canada. Lesions and cavities on infected tubers can render them unmarketable. Researchers and industry experts are still trying to determine why the pathogen is more prevalent in some fields than others as well as the best methods for fighting the disease.   While growers use many different practices to control common scab, none have proven to be totally effective. During this…

The Pros and Cons of Planting Whole Seed and Cut Seed Pieces – A Spud Smart Webinar & Podcast

The whole seed model has been used in Europe for some time and is becoming more popular in the United States. The practice has had low adoption in Canada; however, that may change. Is a whole seed system possible for Canada? This webinar examines the possible advantages and challenges to planting whole seed and cut seed pieces. Guest speakers will also discuss whole seed size distribution and seed sizing capabilities. Whole seed…

The Pros and Cons of Planting Whole Seed and Cut Seed Pieces

The whole seed model has been used in Europe for some time and is becoming more popular in the United States. The practice has had low adoption in Canada; however, that may change. Is a whole seed system possible for Canada? Join our live webinar to learn: The pros and cons of planting whole seed and cut seed pieces Whole seed size distribution and seed sizing capabilities Whole seed commercial trial results…

Spud Smart Webinar & Podcast: Managing Potato Virus Y

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 for Potatoes New Brunswick • Anne McRae, BASF technical service specialist…

Spud Smart Webinar & Podcast: Remote Sensing For Potato Production

What is remote sensing, and how can we use it in today’s potato production systems? In this free webinar, participants will learn about: • Types of remote sensing equipment • Remote sensing to assist with agronomic decisions • Remote sensing in storage • Remote sensing and variable rate nitrogen Presenters: • Anne Smith, Ph.D. Anne is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre • Brian…

Spud Smart Webinar & Podcast: Start With Healthy Potato Seed

Healthy potato seed is the cornerstone of potato production. Indeed, healthy seed helps to ensure a healthy yield. In this free webinar, participants will learn about: – The importance of healthy seed – How adverse storage conditions affect seed stock – Proper seed handling tips – How to find that perfect seed stock Presenters: • Steven B. Johnson, Ph.D., crops specialist and extension professor, University of Maine • Shaun Pelkey, P.Ag, manager…

Spud Smart Webinar & Podcast – Potato Storage

Storage losses have declined substantially over the years as storage facilities and storage technologies like ventilation systems and temperature sensors improve. Basic storage management recommendations themselves, however, have remained relatively unchanged for many years. In this free webinar, we will hear from top experts in the field about: – Airflow and ventilation – Hot and cold conditions – Disease pressure – The future of storage Presenters: • Dr. Robert Coffin, potato researcher…

Spud Smart Webinar & Podcast – Soil Health

Potato production can disrupt the soil in a very aggressive way, but there are a number of agronomic measures farmers can follow to bolster soil health. In this webinar, we will talk about practices to help increase the soil’s capacity for potato production, including: • Why organic matter is important for soil structure. • How biodiversity in the soil can help suppress soil-borne disease and pest pathogens. • Using cover crops, minimizing tillage and going to…

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