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June 9, 2017, Fredericton, N.B. - Housed in Canada’s centre of excellence for potato research along the Saint John River Valley in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s scientists maintain a living library of nearly 180 potentially high-value potato gene resources. Canada’s potato gene bank, or Canadian Potato Genetic…
May 25, 2017, P.E.I. - There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato.Innate potatoes bruise less and have less black spots than conventional potatoes.Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said the…
May 19, 2017, Holland Marsh, Ont. - Environment Canada says a downburst destroyed a barn and caused all sorts of damage in the Holland Marsh and York Region.Wind gusts stronger than 85 km/h accompanied a band of thunderstorms that moved east across central Ontario on Thursday evening.The hardest hit areas…
May 15, 2017, Augusta, ME – With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control recently approved the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by a major Idaho agribusiness company.The move means that the J.R. Simplot Co.’s Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic…
May 9, 2017 – Laboratory testing can detect Dickeya — but is there enough of it present to justify the higher costs?It’s a relatively new threat to North American potato production. The invasive pathogen Dickeya dianthicola — not to be confused with blackleg causing Dickeya solani — was first spotted…
May 4, 2017, Brandon, Man – Whether fresh or processing potatoes, any issue in storage needs to involve partnership with your end-user, says Mary LeMere, an agronomy manager with McCain Foods based in Wisconsin.LeMere was at Manitoba Potato Production Days in Brandon, Man., January 24 to 26 to deliver “lightning…
April 19, 2017 – Healthy seed is a key factor in growing a quality potato crop. Several diseases affect seed tubers and have the potential to reduce plant stand early in the season.It is extremely important to examine all seed lots carefully immediately after receiving the seed.If you detect diseases…
March 27, 2017, Ridgetown, Ont – The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has released its 2017 schedule for integrated pest management (IPM) workshops for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year. To register, please contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300. Planning is…
March 24, 2017, Mitchell, Ont – Ontario growers and processors of fruits and vegetables have successfully concluded an agreement for the 2017 vegetable season, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processing Association (OFVPA) announced. "For the first time we could sit down directly with our partner growers and resolve many issues,"…
December 9, 2016 – Potato storage sheds in Manitoba are full, thanks to blockbuster yields this fall. In fact, yields were so large that a portion of Manitoba’s potato crop is still in the ground. Consequently, about 1,300 acres of potatoes weren’t harvested this year in Manitoba out of 65,000…
December 1, 2016, Guelph, Ont – Bayer recently announced the launch of Velum Prime nematicide, the first non-fumigant nematicide registered for potatoes in Canada. Velum Prime is a new mode of action and chemical class (pyridinyl ethyl benzamide) for nematode protection. It offers growers effective nematode protection that helps sustain…
November 21, 2016, Ithaca, NY – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its colour, shape and even flavour – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction.
October 5, 2016, Edmonton, Alta – The HortSnacks-to-Go 2016-2017 Webinar Series gets underway on October 17, 2016, at 3 p.m. MT. “This first webinar in the series features Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote of Black Fox Farm and Distillery,” says Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF). “Barb and her…
October 5, 2016, Denmark – Life can be difficult for a potato plant when the soil is thirsting for water and nutrients – unless the plant is given a helping hand from a certain group of fungi.
September 7, 2016, Vineland, Ont – It’s no secret that there’s a growing ethnic population of Canadians who have preferences for foods from their home countries. That fact brings with it unique opportunities for farmers to produce crops that haven’t traditionally been grown locally. Okra is one such crop. More…

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