Almost all of this year’s southern Ontario potato crop is in the ground with emergence having started, a May 24 email update from Eugenia Banks said.
According to Mark Van Oostrum, approximately 70 per cent of the processing crop is in the ground. Kevin Brubacher has estimated 75 per cent of the fresh market crop has been planted, the email said.
The crop has started emergence in southwestern Ontario and is progressing fast. Banks noted there has been low incidence of soft rot reported. She cautioned that once planting is done, growers should destroy destroy all the cull piles on your farm in order to avoid a potential source of late blight.
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