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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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5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
The greater American potato industry is closely watching Maine, as seed potato growers prepare to control a new outbreak of an old disease. Read more on the battle with blackleg from this Potato Grower article.

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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
Dickeya sp., an aggressive form of Black leg, has been confirmed on potato in New Jersey in 2016. Symptoms of Dickeya infection look similar to Black leg infection and can cause significant rot above ground (stems and foliage) and below ground (tubers). All potato growers should scout on a regular basis and report any suspect plants or fields.

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4/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
Got a love of gardening and a hankering for fast food? Innovative horticulturalists have created a way to combine the two. Read more on the efforts to create the TomTato plant from this CBC News story.

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4/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
The loonie may be under 80 cents but Canada's relatively weak currency won't encourage more potato acres this spring. Potato growers in Prince Edward Island, Alberta and other provinces have already signed contracts with processors so acres across the country are unlikely to rise, said Kevin MacIsaac, United Potato Growers of Canada general manager. Read more on acreage intentions from this Western Producer article.

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4/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
The 2016 NDSU Pest Management Guides are now available. These can be found under the "Pest Management Guides" link on the website or by clicking the links in this article. Or you can download the NDSU Pest Management App for Pest Management information.

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