AgronomyDiseasesNo Potato Wart Detected in 2022 Canadian Survey

    No Potato Wart Detected in 2022 Canadian Survey


    Potato wart was not detected in soil samples from fields tested across Canada for 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said in a March 13 news release.

    The survey included fields in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. It took samples from nearly 1,500 soil samples from 77 seed potato fields which had previously sourced seed potatoes from Prince Edward Island. No fields in Newfoundland and Labrador or P.E.I. were tested.

    The number of soil samples collected and analyzed for potato wart fluctuates year to year based on identified export samples, the requirements of investigations, and follow-up surveillance under the Potato Wart Domestic Long Term Management Plan. Science will continue to inform the CFIA’s evidence-based decision-making in managing potato wart, the release noted.

    The survey results have been provided to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Canadian Potato Council, the release said.

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