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7/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Be sure to check out the latest DSV accumulations as per the latest potato late blight update in the July 21 Weekly Crop Update.

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7/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Numerous potato psyllids collected last week tested positive for Lso (liberibacter), the bacterium that causes zebra chip. Lso-positive psyllids were found in the following counties: Payette (1 field), Owyhee (1 field), Canyon (4 fields), Twin Falls (3 fields), and Jerome (1 field). This represents a sharp increase in the prevalence of Lso-positive psyllids relative to the previous weeks this season. Read more on the increases from the pest alert of the same title at the link below.

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7/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
J.R. Simplot Co. hopes to work with farmers willing to raise no other potatoes aside from the company's Innate line of biotech seed on their seed farms. Read more on the plans from this Capital Press article.

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7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
A doctor prescribed potato chips to not just anyone but to a pro athlete to help relieve muscle aches. According to MLB.com, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel has been told by the team doctor to eat potato chips because of cramping in his right arm and hand. Apparently the crispy snack contains enough potassium to make a difference. "For my cramps, if it's a chronic thing, [the doctor] said potato chips because they have a lot of potassium and the sea salt helps retain water," Hammel told one of the league's blog writers. "So I focused on that over the break and ate a lot of potato chips, and I think it turned out pretty well. Potato chip prescription ... that's what I'm going to try to go with." While probably not the best post-workout snack, potato chips also might not be as horrible for us as we thought. (Source: Delish.com)

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7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
Over the past four decades, refrigeration companies like Refrigeration Systems, Inc. (RSI) have provided cooling equipment to potato farmers and agricultural companies in order to keep potato crops from spoiling during storage. These refrigeration systems must meet the unique needs of potato storage applications, and so function best when designed for each end user's precise application, rather than on off-the-shelf technology. RSI, which produced the first potato storage refrigeration systems, continues to innovate in this market, bringing top-quality refrigeration products to U.S. farmers and ensuring that crops can be stored safely and economically before they are brought to market.

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7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
Officials with Simplot Plant Sciences said their company intends to eventually award contracts for propagating its Innate line of biotech potato seed exclusively to farmers willing to forgo raising conventional spuds. The planned move is among a host of precautions intended to aid in identity preservation of Innate, said Erik Gonring, Simplot Plant Sciences industry affairs manager, while offering a recent update on the technology to growers at the National Potato Council's summer meeting. As Gonring noted, failure to keep biotech spuds segregated from conventional spuds caused market disruptions several years ago when Monsanto attempted to commercialize a biotech potato, called NewLeaf. Gonring said Simplot has strict operating procedures governing each stage of production - such as covering truck beds with tarps and using segregated storage.

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7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
Growers and processors attending the summer meeting of the Potatoes USA Chip Committee were provided a demonstration of the new Variety Data Management (VDM) system. The VDM includes trial data on chipping varieties that have been a part of the National Chip Processing Trials, SNaC International Trails and the Potato USA NexGen Trials. Find out more on the system from this news release.

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7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
Late blight has been reported in western Manitoba according to Vikram Bisht of Manitoba Agriculture. Late blight has not been reported in ND or MN. Late blight severity values have increased the past few days in north central ND and northwestern MN and conditions have been favorable for late blight due to the continuing rains.

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7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
The July 19th potato and tomato disease forecast is now available online with the latest DSV accumulations.

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7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
Manitoba's first case of late blight for the year was found in a western Manitoba field over the weekend. Manitoba Agriculture plant pathologist Vikram Bisht says they can't speculate on the source of this disease, but notes that in this case, the lesions have already reached sporulation. Bisht says farmers need to be scouting carefully for late blight. "Especially in low-lying areas of the fields, or in areas where (plants) are protected by the tree line because the air movement is very slow in that area, so they stay wet for a longer period, and the fungus has a chance to sporulate in those areas and cause infection," Bisht says. Thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday could also increase the chance to late blight to spread, as the wind and storms can transport spores.

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