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7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
Officials with the Maine Potato Board said Monday that weeks of heat and sunshine in July have done wonders for this year's potato growing season. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that this year's crop is looking wonderful so far. According to Flannery, despite some parts of Aroostook County and the state receiving up to 4 inches of rain when Hurricane Arthur moved through the state over Independence Day, growers did not see substantial damage to their fields or crops. There also have not been any serious reports of late blight, other crop diseases or damage from pests.

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7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2015. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 19-26, 2015, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato industry. During the program, 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country focus on leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building, and public communication.

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7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
The J.R. Simplot Co. expects USDA approval for its genetically modified Innate potatoes within the next two months. Simplot Plant Sciences Director of Commercialization Kerwin Bradley outlined the strategy for marketing the potatoes at the Potato Association of America meeting in Spokane.

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7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
Boring mashed potato is a thing of the past at Wendy and Terrence Rattray's house. The couple's Tasmanian-grown potatoes are now being used by top chefs and home cooks across the country and overseas to add colour to their dishes. The Rattrays operate their Yum Tasmania Gourmet Potatoes business at Pyengana, in the state's North-East, and grow about 20 different varieties. Bright pink, purple and yellow potatoes are now part of the Yum range, after the Rattrays spent six years introducing new varieties.

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7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Read about symptoms of Goss' wilt and its spread starting on page 6 of the FOCUS on South Plains Agriculture newsletter. Photos are also provided of the disease following the article.

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7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Over the past couple of weeks fleahoppers numbers have started rising in cotton. This is most likely due to the weeds starting to dry down. Brad Easterling has noticed that over the past 3-4 days they seem to have fallen a bit. He suggests keeping an eye on them especially in later planted cotton that have not yet started to bloom. He knows of several producers who threw a little Bidrin or Centric in when making a weed application

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7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Check out P-Day and DSV accumulations as of July 29 from this Plant & Pest Advisory article.

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7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
A number of different root and leaf diseases have been appearing in soybean and corn fields across Minnesota. Most are of minor concern at this point, but some have been more problematic. This Minnesota Crop News article focuses on diseases that have been reported or may be favored by weather conditions and have raised questions or concern.

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7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
It has been a while since we last discussed or posted concerning the Alabama cotton and row crop insect situation. So what has been going on? Find out from this Alabama Insect Blog.

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7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
The trap week of July 17-24 showed a large increase in fall armyworm (FAW) moths captured in the western UK-IPM traps. The capture increasing from virtually none to 155/trap-week, is a pretty major change and worth noting.

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