Home-Grown Sweet Potatoes – Cooler temperatures and shorter growing seasons make growing sweet potatoes a challenge in Canada. Research underway in Eastern Canada could prove to be a real game-changer when it comes to producing the popular tubers in this country. [Read Full Article]
Roundtable: Integrated Pest Management
Pests in their many forms — rooted, winged or microscopic — are a problem for any potato grower. Eradicating weeds, bugs and diseases in a way that’s environmentally sustainable but also makes economic sense is a primary goal of using an Integrated Pest Management strategy.
Equipment & Technology Showcase
The Valley SoilPro 1200 uses advanced technology to collect detailed soil moisture data and to provide practical advice for growers on when and how much to irrigate. [Read Full Article]
Providing informative and timely information to the Canadian potato producer, from seed to processing to export. Designed to be the voice of potato growers, processors, industry suppliers and policy makers, Spud Smart focuses on the issues that matter most to the potato industry.
The country’s private potato breeders are calling for a bigger say in how new varieties are developed in Canada.
Three years ago, Quebec’s Andre Gagnon and 10 other potato breeders located across the country got together to form the Canadian Private Potato Breeders Network. Their goal — to forge a stronger, collective voice...[Read Full Article]
While up from the same time in 2013, the supply of stored potatoes going into summer was still tight — which should make for good prices.
The 2014 New Brunswick potato planting season got off to a slower start than normal. A long, cold winter led to soil temperatures not warming up until the second half of May. [Read Full Article]
Fusarium is a major problem for potato growers. The fungi, says Alberta Agriculture plant pathologist Michael Harding, can affect tubers all the way through the production cycle, causing seed piece decay, wilt during the growing season, and dry rot in storage. There are ways, however, to mitigate risk, and should that fail, ways to manage the disease if it does occur. [Read Full Article]
Researchers in China have conducted several studies to improve sweet potato through biotechnology. A recent report called “Sweet Potato Omics and Biotechnology in China” published in Plant Omics Journal summarizes China’s advances in sweet potato biotechnology and suggests directions for future research in this area. [Read Full Article]
CHC WELCOMES NEW LEADER
The Canadian Potato Council has a new leader. The chair of the Potato Growers of Alberta, John Bareman, succeeds Joe Brennan as CPC chair for 2014. Bareman was elected to the position at the Canadian Horticultural Council/CPC meetings held in Kelowna, B.C. in March, following Brennan’s resignation as CPC chair. [Read Full Article]
Statistics Canada’s production estimates for 2014, released this July, identify the total planted acreage in Canada as 348,221 acres. Overall, this represents a reduction of 7,117 acres over last year. As with last year’s crop, the reduction stem from decreases in processing contracts, especially in Manitoba, as well as the long winter and slow start to planting this spring. [Read Full Article]
From time to time, new potato diseases may break out, or old diseases and pests may spread into areas where they were, thus far, unknown. Wild potato species and heirloom cultivars represent a great treasure in terms of genetic resistances against current and/or future diseases and pests, and therefore represent a very valuable resource for future generations of potato producers and consumers alike.·[Read Full Article]
Prince Edward Island research scientist Bourlaye Fofana is confident that potato greening could become be a thing of the past. Research began last year at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Crops and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown, P.E.I., to create a potato that will not turn green when exposed to light. [Read Full Article]