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5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Continue to scout fields for Colorado potato beetle (CPB) and leafhoppers. A treatment should be considered for adults when you find 25 beetles per 50 plants and defoliation has reached the 10% level. Once larvae are detected, the threshold is 4 small larvae per plant or 1.5 large larvae per plant. As a general guideline, controls should be applied for leafhoppers if you find ½ to one adult per sweep and/or one nymph per every 10 leaves.

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5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Check out DSV accumulations as of May 26 from this latest potato late blight report in this Weekly Crop Update article.

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5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Freshway Foods plans to introduce fresh-cut potatoes at the United Fresh Produce Association conference and expo June 20-22 in Chicago. Find out more on the new product from this Packer article.

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5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
Chip companies continue to clean up contract potatoes in Michigan and other northern growing areas. They may need another 2-3 weeks to wrap up the storage season. Competition from new-crop Florida potatoes has become fierce. Read more on market activity from Bruce Huffaker's market commentary at the link below.

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5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
Purple Magic, a new potato variety with high anthocyanin content developed in Northern Ireland, was created by Paul Watts at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Loughgall, Ireland. Find out more on the variety from this Potato Grower article.

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5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today published the 2014 Agricultural Chemical Use survey data for corn and fall potatoes. The information released includes on-farm fertilizer use, pesticide use, and pest management practices for these crops for the 2014 crop year, beginning after the 2013 harvest and ending after the 2014 harvest.

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5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
There is great concern with the planted potato crop due to freezing temperatures last weekend. However, damage to the plant is related to how much plant growth has occurred. Read more on damage from this Vegetable Crop Update article.

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5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
A field trial was conducted at the UW Agricultural Research Station in Hancock to evaluate fungicide programs for control of foliar blights on potato. A total of 44 treatments were included for early blight and late blight control. Find out more on the study from page 3 of the Vegetable Crop Update.

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5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Three research groups have recently reported on advances with crop diseases resistance. These related to detecting novel disease resistance genes and the successful transfer of resistance into wheat, soybean, and potato. The work, in each case, was supported by the 2Blades Foundation. The organization has a remit to discover, advance and deliver genetic improvements in crop disease resistance. The work is of importance due to the growing rise in the spread of plant pathogens. Plant pathogens cause global crop losses estimated at around 15 percent, extending, in some cases, to total crop failure. Pathogens can be battled through the use of agrochemicals and with developing resistant crop varieties. However, many types of pathogens can adapt and resists these measures. One way forwards, is through genetics in order to create durable genetic resistances. This is the basis of the newly reported successes.

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5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
The recently released U.S. International Trade Commission's report on the potential economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) provides many examples of the benefits this free trade agreement would provide. The National Potato Council (NPC) has previously touted the expanded trade opportunities and lowered tariffs that the agreement would ensure. The International Trade Commission's report confirms that lower tariffs on exports would allow potato growers and exporters to meet the rising demand in the Asia-Pacific region by making U.S. potatoes and potato products more competitive in those markets.

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