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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
By potato specialist Phil Nolte. As a plant pathologist, one of the first things I was taught was a fundamental concept called the "Disease Triangle." This model contains the key elements required for a plant disease to occur and includes three components: ?You must have a susceptible host; ?You must have a virulent pathogen; and ?These two must come together under suitable environmental conditions. Throughout my career as a potato specialist, the importance of this basic relationship has been demonstrated time and time again. Each of these three components can be manipulated to some extent by producers. We can influence the host component by our choice of variety, for instance. On the pathogen side, a great deal of time and money is spent on seed certification in an effort to eliminate or greatly reduce the presence of seed-borne pathogens. These first two components are certainly significant in their own right but for this discussion, I thought I'd go into some-what greater detail on the all-important environmental component.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
The most recent report of a metal object found in a bag of Prince Edward Island potatoes appears to be of a different nature than previous reports, says the P.E.I. Potato Board. There are reports a woman from Clarenville, Newfoundland found something in a potato she was eating. "This particular report is for what appears to be a pin from a watch strap, which is quite different from the nails and needles that the RCMP have been investigating since the fall," board assistant general manager Brenda Simmons wrote to CBC News in an email. The CFIA and the P.E.I. RCMP, who have been investigating incidences of tampering, are aware of this latest report. The P.E.I. potato industry is in the midst of installing millions of dollars worth of metal detection equipment at farms and potato processors. (Source: CBC News)

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
China has become the world's largest potato producer, accounting for nearly a quarter of the global production, according to a new report. The World Potato Congress was held in Beijing's Yanqing county yesterday. China plants more than 13.59 million acres of potatoes every year, data provided by World Potato Congress shows. More than 1,000 delegates from developing and developed countries, including growers, researchers, producers, traders, processors and manufacturers attended the conference, state-run People's Daily reports. On the same day, China launched its Asia-Pacific centre for potato research in Beijing, which will bring new opportunities for the potato industry in China and the Asia Pacific region. As China's first international agricultural research institute, the centre marks China's opening up to international cooperation in agriculture. With increased potato production and domestic consumption, China is also the biggest potato consumer in the world, the report says. (The Economic Times, India)

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Sunrain Varieties LLC, known for their innovation, expertise, and dedication to fresh potato seed development is extending an invitation to members of the press, the trade, and the fresh potato growing community to be their guests at their annual facility tour. Billed as an opportunity to see the unique and exciting new potato varieties that are under development plus a chance to tour the newly renovated and expanded facility, this event is a must attend.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
The alternative chip craze has exploded with a flurry of root veg and plant products on shelf, but can they compete with or even kill off the infamous potato chip? In short, no, according to a number of chip makers working on NPD that stretches far beyond potatoes. "Potato chips are going to be around forever - they're not going to go away, nor are tortilla chips," said Paul Cipolla, president and CEO of hummus chip company Plocky's Fine Snacks.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Waiting for your cotton bolls to open before thinking about whitefly control could "stick" you and your industry with a mess you don't want or need. Read more on whitefly management from this Western Farm Press article.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
The western bean cutworm trapping season continues, and from the numbers being reported this past week, we are past the peak moth flight. A large percentage of this year's eggs have been laid and likely hatched, meaning scouting efforts should switch to the small larvae migrating to areas of protection, such as the whorl, before moving to the ear when they get larger. Read more on their activity from this Pest & Crop Newsletter article.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Watch this Pest & Crop video comparing spray versus non-spray for western bean cutworm at the link below.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Cotton is past third week of bloom in many fields, and some leaf spots are appearing. Some leaf spots we will see but not cause a major issue and we do not have to spray. Read about different leaf spots in this Thomas County Ag article.

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7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Lack of rain and excessive heat have taken a toll on Louisiana's dryland cotton. Bollworms are building in places. Plant bugs remain an issue in parts of the region, although pressure has wound down in other areas. Read more on the cotton crop from the regional reports in this AgFax Midsouth Cotton article.

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