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    Ontario Potato Harvest at Midway Point

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    The Ontario potato harvest is at the midway point with growers around three quarters of the way done, a Sept. 27 email update from Eugenia Banks said.

    In the update, Banks noted that according to Mark VanOostrum, about 50 per cent of the processing crop has been dug. She also said Kevin Brubacher indicated approximately 75 per cent of the fresh-market crop is harvested.

    So far quality has been excellent for both the chipping and fresh market crops, the update said.

    “Harvesting has been stop and start. Warm days and rain stopped growers from digging. It looks like now, with the arrival of fall, warm days will not be an issue,” Banks said.

    Banks has found a white mold look-alike growing on dead vines, which she later discovered was Botrytis gray mold. In the update Banks noted Botrytis is a pathogen during the growing season and it can obtain nutrients from dead stems, however tubers aren’t affected.

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