Seeding/Planting
Potato farmers planted 347,416 acres of potatoes in 2018, an increase of 0.5 per cent from 2017, according to Statistics Canada's update on potato production.
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Canadian potato crop is progressing well despite heat stress, hail and frost concerns, according to the latest crop report from Potato Growers of Canada. 
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Potato farmers in P.E.I. are planting more mustard to ward off wireworm and boost crop yield. 
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Manitoba, in general, had a slightly delayed start of planting in 2018; about a week later thanin 2017, reports Vikram Bisht in the first Manitoba Potato Disease Report of the season. The majority of planting started in first week of May, and mostly finished by the end of May. Early planted fields have good emergence. June 1 has been set for initiation/accumulation of P-Days and late blight Disease Severity Values. P-day is a measure of heat available for crop growth and development, and values accumulate when temperatures range between 7 C and 30 C.

Weather conditions since planting have been very warm, with a few days over 30 C. Precipitation has been below normal for May, except for a few scattered heavy rain events towards end of May. This week’s rain should help ingood emergence and stand.

The current soil temperatures are 2 C to 5 C warmer than end of May last year. These warm soil temperatures and may speed up emergence.

Cull piles are an important source of inoculum for many diseases including late blight. It is important to dispose of properly the cull piles before thunderstorms arrive.

Published in Soil
Inside Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) high tech Canadian Potato Genetic Resources (CPGR) lab in Fredericton, N.B., hundreds of small glass test tubes contain vital keys to Canada’s potato growing future. The gene bank – a living library of almost 180 potentially high-value potato breeding lines – is an important component of Canada’s ongoing potato research, proof of our commitment to global food security, and our last line of defence against potato disease or natural disaster.
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May 27, 2016, Prince Edward Island – Prince Edward Island potato growers got a bit of a head start to planting this year, says Greg Donald, manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board. Donald estimated that between 65 and 75 per cent of the Island’s 2016 potato crop was in the ground mid-week. | READ MORE

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May 19, 2016, Prince Edward Island – Potato farmers across P.E.I. are busy planting this year's crop, but those who used to sell to McCain Foods have the added worry of wondering where next year's crop will be heading, writes the Guardian. | READ MORE

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May 10, 2016, Prince Edward Island – About 10 per cent of Prince Edward Island's potato crop is already in the ground, thanks to typical spring weather and good soil conditions. | READ MORE

Published in Soil

May 4, 2016, Ontario – The early-planted potato crop in the Leamington area is sprouting nicely with strong, healthy sprouts. In the Simcoe-Delhi area, the second earliest area, planting is progressing well, according to the potato crop update from Eugenia Banks.

A few seed lots coming from other provinces had high incidence of common scab and silver scurf. 

Seed-borne silver scurf 
Silver scurf is a serious problem for fresh market growers. The fungus causes silvery brown lesions that can grow and join together covering most of the skin of the tuber. The fungus does not survive for very long in the soil, but does move from infected seed to daughter tubers. The variety Superior is very susceptible to silver scurf. If infected seed is planted, plan to harvest the crop as soon as the skin is set. Leaving potatoes in the ground after skin set stimulates the development of the fungus and results in more blemishes. Silver scurf also spreads easily in storage. High humidity increases sporulation, and air circulation in the pile spreads the spores to healthy tubers. 

Quadris in-furrow and Emesto Silver as a seed treatment are labelled for silver scurf. Post-harvest applications of phosphorous-acid based fungicides have been reported to reduce the incidence of silver scurf. 

Late blight 
There were several outbreaks of late blight this year on potatoes and tomatoes grown in Florida. South Carolina has also reported late blight on tomatoes. All of the outbreaks were caused by US 23 strain. According to the potato pathologist at the University of Wisconsin, US 23 is susceptible to Ridomil. 

Published in Seed Treatment

April 25, 2014, Prince Edward Island – Some potato farmers in P.E.I. say the unseasonably cold weather this year has put a halt to planting – and the early premium-priced June spuds that come with it, according to CBC News. | READ MORE

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