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5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Nathan Kleczewski will once again be providing late blight monitoring updates this year. Find out how to subscribe to the updates from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Around SW Florida, late blight is still around and moving but has slowed compared to a few weeks ago. Growers and scouts in central Florida reort that they are still battling late blight in some areas. Read more on late blight battles from page 8 of the South Florida Vegetable Pest & Disease Hotline.

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
A group of potato farmers in East Idaho regulated under a federal pale cyst nematode quarantine area have filed an administrative lawsuit against the regulations in federal court. Read more on the lawsuit from this Capital Press article.

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
One of Canada's leading experts on potato diseases, Khalil Al-Mughrabi is a pathologist at the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture's Potato Development Centre and the chairman of the National Late Blight Working Group. In this article published by SpudSmart magazine, he offers several tips for warding off the major disease threats facing potato producers this season, including late blight, PVY, fusarium dry rot, pink rot, soft rot, Pythium leak, silver scurf, Rhizoctonia canker and blackleg.

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
A McDonald's joint venture in China supplying its outlets with French fries has been slapped with a record 3.9 million yuan (HK$4.9 million) fine for water pollution, state media reported. The fine levied against Beijing Simplot Food Processing was the largest ever meted out by the city of Beijing for pollution, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing the municipal environmental watchdog. Beijing Simplot Food Processing is a joint venture between US agribusiness J.R. Simplot Company, McDonald's and the Beijing Agricultural, Industrial and Commerce General Company, Xinhua said. Beijing Simplot makes French fries and hash browns for McDonald's.

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
A group of potato farmers in Eastern Idaho who are regulated under a federal pale cyst nematode quarantine filed an administrative lawsuit April 28 against the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. The federal and state PCN program regulations "were put in place without proper notice to or input from the appropriate stakeholders," according to a news release from the growers. "As a result, growers, landlords and packaging sheds have been burdened by the arbitrary and capricious manner in which the PCN program has been handled in Idaho."

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
As had been speculated for a while in the media, the north west European potato area is estimated to decrease by 2.5% to 530,000 hectares in the coming season. During the NEPG talks last week, the representatives of all 5 NEPG countries indicated they expected a decrease in area. For Great Britain it was just slightly too early to estimate. Based on the 5 year average of 47.2 tonnes per hectare the total harvest should be 25.2 million tonnes, 11.6% less than in the previous year.

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Surveys show varying percentages for the organic piece of the fresh produce pie, but one point is undisputed - organic's piece is getting bigger. Read more on its growth from this Packer story.

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Offering organic potatoes has become a winning move for some conventional grower-shippers. Read more on the switch from this Potato Grower article.

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4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Despite a decline in customer traffic in March, U.S. restaurant owners reported strong sales for the month and remain positive about future growth. Read more on restaurant traffic from this Packer story.

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