Crop Protection
Potato farmers in P.E.I. are planting more mustard to ward off wireworm and boost crop yield. 
A research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in P.E.I. is looking for natural ways to deal with click beetles and wireworms that cause damage to potatoes. 
Eight spore traps have been set up in potato fields across Ontario to help detect spores of late blight, according to Eugenia Banks' latest potato update.Two spore traps are located in the Shelburne-Melancthon areas at D & C Vander Zaag Farms Ltd. and two others in the Alliston area at…
The practices used in selecting and preparing seed potatoes for planting play a big role in getting your crop off to a great beginning.
Ever since becoming widely used in Canada in the late 1990s, neonicotinoid pesticides have helped keep Colorado potato beetle (CPB) populations in check. But the pest could be poised for a comeback, due to growing CPB resistance to neonics and the prospect of the Group 4 insecticides being banned from…
Lso (zebra chip pathogen) has been detected in small numbers of potato psyllids in two sites in Alberta, but no zebra chip symptoms or pathogen has been found in any potato plant tissue yet.During three years of sampling for potato psyllids (Bactericera cockerelli) across Canada, we foundsmall numbers in Alberta…
While there are no "silver bullets" for combating wireworm, with ongoing research, Island farmers do have more options.Christine Noronha, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has unveiled an effective wireworm trap. "The trap is a very simple light trap, called the NELT. It uses a solar powered light source to attract…
Researchers are hoping Canadian potato growers will soon be able to use an innovative approach to control wireworms. This method uses just a few grams of insecticide per hectare applied to cereal seeds that are planted along with untreated seed potatoes. It provides very good wireworm control for the whole…
Just because black cutworms don’t overwinter in Canada doesn’t mean they aren’t a threat to potato crops. The insects spend their winters in the southern United States but travel north on low-level jet streams and, once they cross the border into Canada, they look for a tasty food source. Black…
There are other, more sophisticated methods of testing for the presence of late blight spores in growers’ fields, but that’s precisely the reason Eugenia Banks selected a very simple test for her 2016 project.
Post-harvest potato storage expert Todd Forbush of Techmark Inc. in Lansing, Mich., says quality potato storage requires just two things: quality storage facilities and quality potatoes to store.
Sept. 29, 2016 – Second growth is a physiological potato problem induced by soil temperatures of 24 C or above and water stress. These two factors interact to limit the tuber growth rate, causing second growth. Inadequate soil moisture alone does not result in the initiation of second growth. Heat…
July 27, 2016, Prince Edward Island – While some areas on P.E.I. got a thorough soaking over the weekend, others are still thirsty for moisture. Water levels are still low in some areas of the province, reports CBC. | READ MORE
June 28, 2016, Manitoba – The crops continue to look very good, says Vikram Bisht in the Manitoba potato report from June 24. Most early planted crops are row closed and many are nearly so. The rainfall distribution has been very good, and very few fields need irrigation. The accumulated…
June 28, 2016, Alliston, Ont. – Irrigation was the order of the day on June 27, writes Eugenia Banks, OMAFRA potato specialist, in her latest update. Banks checked a few fields near Alliston, Ont., for early blight but did not find any lesions. The fields had been sprayed recently and…
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