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2019 On-Farm Variety Trial

Ontario Late Blight Update June 20

I received a spore trap report for June 17 to June 20. The PCR tests were negative for the Shelburne, Alliston and Simcoe-Delhi, Ont. areas.

I also visited one of my on-farm variety trials planted on May 16 in a commercial field. The trial is 300 feet long and 4 rows wide; enough to evaluate 60 varieties.  I was impressed with the crop growth — the plants are very healthy and vigorous.  It was easy to spot at least six new varieties that looked outstanding. Only time will tell….

Spencer Brenn, a smart and friendly seven-year old,  is keen on scouting the trial.  I saw him pulling weeds, and I liked that!

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