A multitude of issues from spray drifting to soil carryover to sensitive varieties can cause herbicide injury on potatoes. And while it can sometimes cause only a little damage, it can also easily lead to huge losses for your crop. So, what can, and should you do to protect your spuds? In this roundtable webinar, experts share information about what herbicide injury in potatoes is, how it happens and what you can do for your spuds if they get hit.
Vikram Bisht, plant pathologist for potato and horticultural crops with Manitoba Agriculture
Bisht obtained his PhD in plant pathology from the University of Illinois working on soybean diseases and his post-doctorate at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics in India working on phytophthora blight of pigeon pea crop. Prior to joining Manitoba Agriculture Bisht managed hydroponic seed potato production facilities in China and Maine.
In his current position, Bisht works on disease and pests affecting potato and vegetable crops in Manitoba. He is involved with insect pests and disease monitoring, disease diagnosis, surveillance and on-farm research and extension on diseases and herbicide drift. Bisht is a cooperator in Canadian Agricultural Partnership projects on potato late blight in Canada and Necrotic viruses, including PMTV in potato.
Andy Robinson, extension potato agronomist at North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota
Robinson grew up farming in Parma, Idaho with his family. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master and doctorate degrees from Purdue University.
Robinson’s research and extension goals are to develop science-based solutions to address real-world problems in potato production, enabling producers to increase economic and environmental sustainability through improved crop management. He contributes regularly to the Valley Potato Grower writing “Andy’s Advice.” His work has taken him around the globe speaking, conducting research, and providing education.
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