NewsIndustryOntario Potato Crop Update

Ontario Potato Crop Update


The harvest of the early processing crop started this week.  According to sources at WD Potato Ltd., the quality is good. Two to three inches of rain stopped digging of the early crop in the Simcoe-Delhi, Ont., area, but the rain was a blessing. The tubers are at the bulking stage. The Alliston and Shelburne areas continue to be dry. Irrigation is the order of the day.

Although the weather has not been favorable for late blight, a new outbreak of US-23 was found on tomatoes in Wisconsin. This is too close for comfort. The spore traps keep detecting spores of late blight in Simcoe, Dufferin and Norfolk County. The highest concentrations were found in Norfolk County.

I was in Winnipeg from July 28 to 31 attending the Potato Association of America (PAA) meeting.  It was a good meeting with a lot of information that will be of use to growers. Peter VanderZaag was awarded an Honorary Life Membership at the annual banquet.

This is the highest award bestowed upon an individual by the PAA.  It is given to those who have made a significant contribution in research, extension, education, production or any other facet of the potato industry. I was honoured to nominate Peter for the award and to introduce him at the banquet.  I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Peter for the award!

Trending This Week

Covering the Bases with Cover Crops

Welcome to the inaugural edition of “Another Season’s Promise”, a regular column in Spud Smart on potato agronomy. The name comes a lyric from...

Finally: A New (Desperately Needed) Solution for Potato Wart?

If you’re a potato producer who has never laid awake in the middle of the night worrying about potato wart, count yourself lucky. Potato...
Potatoes in storage

There’s Still Lots of Storage Season Left to Go…

Bad news first. It’s been a fairly challenging storage season so far in some regions with many producers reporting real difficulties in getting their...

Loving the Challenges of Growing Potatoes

February is my favourite month of the year because it’s Potato Lovers Month, which has made me think about what exactly I love about...

Canadian Farm Sector Income Expected to Reach New Records

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has completed its farm income forecast for 2023 and 2024, with results showing that overall Canadian farm income is expected...