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5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Imported seed bearing new pathogens is a threat to the Canadian potato industry, according to a U.S. researcher. Neil Gudmestad, a distinguished professor of plant pathology at North Dakota State University, was in Brandon this January to deliver a lecture on the importance of planting locally produced seed at Manitoba Potato Production Days. "There are valid reasons to buy out-of-state or out-of-province seed, but the most common reason is to access newer varieties," said Gudmestad. "But the risk of either importing a major disease problem, or worse yet, importing a pathogen that can do irreparable harm, are substantial." Among the diseases that can be imported on seed, Gudmestad said, are powdery scab, new strains of late blight, bacterial ring rot, potato mop-top virus, potato cyst nematodes and Dickeya, the pathogen that has Gudmestad sounding the alarm.

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5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
The greater American potato industry is closely watching Maine, as seed potato farmers prepare to control a new outbreak of an old disease. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is considering a proposal to set limits on the prevalence of the rotting disease blackleg in its certification of seed potatoes, which more than 100 Maine farmers sell to other farmers along the East Coast. Over the last two years, the Maine Potato Board and some seed potato farms have been dealing with concerned customers - farmers growing certified Maine seed potatoes who suffered outbreaks of blackleg. Some farmers in states such as Maryland and Pennsylvania lost as much as half of their crop to the disease in 2015, said Tim Hobbs, the Maine Potato Board's director of grower relations.

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5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
"Why do we make fries? Because they make us happy." How true. Blake Lingle, founder of Boise Fry Company, wrote these words in his entertaining and fact-filled book about "fryography." He says it's not a cookbook. Rather, it's "loaded with heaps of conjecture, food verbiage, exaggerated yet appropriate jokes at the expense of the French, and sarcasm." It is clear how much Lingle loves fries, and with his restaurant's tag line "burgers on the side," he promotes the idea that "fries can and should stand on their own." "Fries! An Illustrated Guide to the World's Favorite Food" contains history, definitions, a timeline of fry evolution across the world, types of fries, types of potatoes, nutritional values, various fry condiments and sauces, recipes, as well as how they are made, where they are grown and where they're consumed - in short, nearly everything about one of the world's most popular and favorite foods.

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5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
This Spud Smart magazine Podcast brought to you by McCain Foods features Dr. Mathuresh Singh. The Director of Agricultural Certification Services for Potatoes New Brunswick and the project lead for a major research study into the development of more effective strategies for controlling Potato Virus Y. Dr. Singh shares his insights into PVY and how potato growers can benefit from his research findings.

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5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
The subject of starter fertilizer use in crops has been bounced around for many years. It has gotten to the point that few people in the profession talk about it because there are always exceptions to just about every statement that can be made about this topic. Read more on starter fertilizer from this AgFax.com story.

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5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Land rolling also poses agronomic, economic, and environmental risks. These include potential plant injury, soil sealing, erosion, and added expense. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of land rolling will help farmers decide if - and when - rolling makes sense. This Minnesota Crop News article has more on land rolling.

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5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Big Idaho Potato Truck is back on the road this year. The Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission's six-ton spud on wheels is expected to cover about 28,000 miles in its seven-month 2016 tour, according to a news release. Read more on the new tour from this Packer article.

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5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Corn planters are starting to roll in South Dakota. While some producers have been planting steadily for a week or more, others are waiting for a warmer weather forecast to begin. Read more on soil temperatures and management considerations for early planted corn from this Pest & Crop Newsletter article.

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5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Despite weekly waves of heavy rains, Arkansas farmers pushed across their fields, planting soybeans, rice, cotton and corn ahead of the five-year average pace, according to the May 2nd report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Read more on planting progress from this news release.

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5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
Florida's citrus growers say as much as 90 percent of their acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the greening disease, which is making a huge dent in the state's $10.7 billion citrus industry. Read more on the rates from this Southeast Farm Press article.

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