Growing a potato crop is a 365-day process and fall means it’s time for the potato harvest, it also means time for field prep work. From cover cropping to tillage to fall bedding, there’s a lot you can do to get your field ready for spring potato planting.
In this webinar we were joined by experts who shared tips and tricks on what you can do in your fields this fall to prepare them for potato planting next spring. A representative from McCain’s Farm of the Future presented what they’ve learned so far about fall bedding.
McCain’s Farm of the Future — Experimenting with fall ridging, where ridges are made and cover crops are planted at the same time. Plus, different management strategies being investigated for the best ways to terminate the fall rye cover crops in spring.
Fall Ridging Benefits — Expedites potato planting, reduces labour and fuel costs, removes the need to harrow the ground in the spring and more.
Manphool Fageria, senior scientist and manager of the McCain Farm of the Future
Fageria was born and raised on a family farm business in India. He completed his undergraduate, masters, and PhD in sustainable crop production and has over 25 years of experience as an agronomist. Fageria is the manager of McCain’s Farm of the Future located in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. At the farm regenerative agricultural practices and innovative technologies are tested to show their economic viability and regional scalability.
Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Miller Research
Miller was raised on a research farm in southern Idaho. He earned a bachelor of science degree in botany—biotechnology from Brigham Young University in 1994 and a master of science in 1996 and PhD in 1998 degrees in plant pathology at Washington State University working on potato late blight. Miller worked for two years at the University of Minnesota and six years at the University of Idaho in Aberdeen as a potato pathologist conducting research on pink rot, powdery scab, early blight, late blight, silver scurf, black dot, Rhizoctonia, and Verticillium wilt. He now operates his own business in southern Idaho, Miller Research, where he conducts research on crop production and pest management.
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