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P.E.I. Potato Agronomy update: Soil moisture, spore traps and scouting


July 2, 2021
By Potatoes in Canada

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The latest weekly update from P.E.I. Potato Agronomy includes rain measurements from the past week and month, information on a late blight “early warning detection” project taking place in the province, recommendations for preventing potato virus Y (PVY) in rapidly developing seed potato crops, and upcoming events.

Rainfall is predicted for later today, which will benefit the growing crops across the Island, but especially those in regions experiencing a moisture deficit from less-than-average June rains.

The late blight detection project – led by the P.E.I. Potato Board, with assistance from the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Land (PEIDAL) CAP Applied Research Program and technology from Ontario-based Sporometrics – involves the passive collection and analysis of late blight spores on a weekly basis. Collection from the eight sites situated across the Island will occur on Mondays, and results should be available on Wednesdays. |READ MORE

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