Canadian potato growers will have a new weapon in the fight against rhizoctonia and black scurf for 2024. AZteroid FC fungicide uses precision chemistry to deliver systemic, long-lasting control of diseases in a wide range of crops, but is registered for only potatoes in Canada, says Vive Crop Protection marketing and communications manager Emily Roden…. Read More

Potato farmers on Prince Edward Island have increased their use of cover crops dramatically over the last five years. PEI farmers have been measuring the growth and impact of cover crops through participation in Living Lab — Atlantic, a four-year innovation project on the island that involves researchers and industry stakeholders. Living Lab data shows… Read More

Cruiser Maxx Vibrance all-in-one, pre-mixed seed treatment will be offered by Syngenta on seed potatoes for the 2024 growing season, the company says. Syngenta Canada says the fungicide and insecticide seed treatment provides protection against a broad spectrum of yield-robbing pests, including Fusarium, silver scurf, and Rhizoctonia (black scurf). “Each spring, growers receive potato seed… Read More

Wireworm is a destructive pest of potatoes, wheat, barley, and other crops. It’s also a below-ground feeder, making it difficult to scout for and even harder to control. Changes to available insecticide seed treatment ingredients has also made it more challenging to protect crops from feeding. Research from Eastern Canada has made significant discoveries into… Read More

Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Sustainability Incentive Program is open to applicants in partnership with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) and McCain Foods. The program pays out incentive payments calculated on a portion of a customer’s lending with FCC if they are also participating in specific certification programs, including the CRSB certification initiative and… Read More

Vive Crop Protection Inc. has registered its first Canadian product with the introduction of AZteroid FC3.3 fungicide. “Bringing cutting edge innovation to the pesticide industry is groundbreaking work and this first Canadian registration has been several years in the making,” says Dr. Darren Anderson, co-founder and CEO of Ontario-based Vive Crop Protection. “At Vive, we’ve… Read More

McCain Foods is making a substantial investment in its Coaldale, Alta. plant, doubling the size of its facility and output. Established in 2000, the potato plant currently employs 225 people. The announced $600 million investment will provide an economic boost for the region that will create 260 new jobs, the company says. Aligned with McCain’s… Read More

Soil acidity is an issue that’s gaining attention in the Northern Plains, especially in areas where no-till practices have been paired with high surface-applied nitrogen rates. “They’re seeing this advancing a lot faster in parts of North Dakota and Montana, under traditional zero till conditions where they broadcast urea fertilizer. They find they’re acidifying the… Read More

The Successors is a RealAgriculture podcast series hosted by Kara Oosterhuis focusing on agriculture from the perspective of the up-and-coming generation. If you sit down and talk to many of our parents and grandparents, they will remember harvesting potatoes from the garden growing up, and getting rid of the small, undersized potatoes. Flash forward to… Read More

An international panel convened by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has concluded that most parts of Prince Edward Island outside of what were deemed “Regulated Fields” should be considered free of potato wart (S. Endobioticum). The International Advisory Panel (IAP) on Potato Wart was set up by the CFIA in 2022, as a follow-up… Read More

The United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) has hired a new general manager. Victoria Stamper of Mascouche, Quebec, will join UPGC in the role, effective April 25, 2022. She will replace outgoing general manager Kevin MacIsaac, who announced his retirement from the organization earlier in the year. Stamper brings a commodities distribution background to the… Read More

Table potatoes from Prince Edward Island will soon be allowed into the U.S. again under certain conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Potato exports from the province known for its potato production were suspended by the Canadian government in November after the confirmation of potato wart… Read More

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson has introduced a bill that would end the province’s single desk marketing system for table potatoes and root vegetables. Bill 12, “The Peak of the Market Reorganization Act,” would transition Peak of the Market from a non-profit regulated marketing agency into an independent company. It would also remove the requirement… Read More

 

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