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Roundtable: Taking On Late Blight

When it comes to potato diseases, late blight is one of the biggest headaches for producers. And for good reason — the fungal disease attacks both tubers and foliage, and is a threat at every stage of production from field to storage. [Read More]

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Wild Potato Cousins

The potato probably has more related wild species than any other crop. These wild relatives grow through much of the Americas, from the United States southwest through Central America and then along the South American Andes Mountains from Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and northwest Argentina. They also occur in the lowlands of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil.·[Read More]

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Protecting Potato’s Heritage

Climate change and disease could put tuber biodiversity at risk in Latin America, the birthplace of the potato. The International Potato Center in Peru is taking steps to try to ensure that doesn’t happen. [Read More]

From Our Desk: China’s Push to Promote Potato

Another, albeit quieter, revolution is taking root in China. This one involves not politics, but the humble potato. As reported in our story “The New Staple Food in China”, potato production and consumption is being dramatically reshaped in the world’s most populous nation, already an important player in the global potato industry. [Read More]

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The New Staple Food in China

Rice, wheat and maize are considered the three main staple foods in the People’s Republic of China. If all goes according to plan, there will soon be a new food on that list — the potato. In January, the nation announced plans to ramp up domestic consumption of potatoes, in an effort to ensure food security, ease the pressure on the environment and increase farmer incomes.·[Read More]

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Potato Gatherings

Reports from the annual winter conferences and trade shows in Ontario and New Brunswick. [Read More]

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Growing Potatoes In Argentina

In terms of distance travelled, it certainly wasn’t your typical field trip — a round trip of some 20,000 kilometres to the opposite end of the globe. That’s how far a group of 16 Canadian and American growers recently journeyed to observe how they grow processing potatoes in Argentina. The growers — 10 from New Brunswick and six from Maine — were accompanied by three Canadian and American executives from McCain Foods as they toured Argentinean potato farming and production facilities this past January.·[Read More]

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 Prince Edward Island

By Alex Docherty, Chairman,·Prince Edward Island Potato Board
As of the beginning of March, we were in the middle of the 2014/2015 shipping season. Quality remained top-notch, processing use was up over last year, and demand for fresh use seemed to be picking up.
Post-harvest testing for the potato virus Y and potato leaf roll viruses in seed had been completed for the most part, with an approximately 90 per cent pass rate (90 per cent of samples submitted to the lab meeting the planting cap of three per cent or less total virus (PVY + PLRV). This is very encouraging and will contribute to a good start to the 2015 season. [Read More]

 

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Disease Watch

The leading disease threats potato growers need to look for this season — and how to manage or prevent them. [Read More]

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World Review

Colorado potato beetle (CPB) is one of the most destructive and hard to control insect pests due to its resistance against pesticides. Researchers from Max Planck Institute have now developed an alternative to pesticides. According to the researchers, the new technology utilizes molecular biology and allows for precise protection against CPB without using chemicals or introducing foreign proteins into the potato plant. [Read More]

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Insect Watch

Every year, potato producers across Canada are challenged by insect pests damaging their crop. The size of the pest population is influenced by factors such as overwintering survival, host plant availability and climatic conditions, and often varies widely between regions and years.·[Read More]

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International Potato Center Founder Passes Away

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Richard L. Sawyer, the founder of the International Potato Center (CIP) and its first director-general, passed away on March 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Dr. Sawyer’s legacy is enormous. His project to begin a potato research for development institute in the potato’s center of diversity was visionary and this work has led to improved nutrition, health, and livelihood for millions of rural poor in Latin America, Africa, and Asia,” said Barbara Wells, CIP director-general. [Read More]

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New Offerings

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada potato breeders unveil their choice of promising new varieties at their annual open house. [Read More]

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World Potato Congress Preview

Potato industry stakeholders from around the globe will soon be gathering to discuss all things spud-related, and it’ll happen against a spectacular backdrop: the Great Wall of China. Yanqing County, Beijing City, China has been selected as the site of the ninth International World Potato Congress (WPC) to be held in July 2015. It’s the first time the triennial event will be held in the Beijing region of China. [Read Full Article]

 
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