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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
The potato has had a great run for most of the past five centuries. But these days, the humble spud has fallen on hard times in the US. Consumers have shunned the starchy side dish in a race away from carbohydrates and toward greater convenience, two factors driving broad changes in how Americans eat. Total annual consumption of all types of potatoes has fallen by nearly 25 percent since peaking in 1996, to 52 pounds a person in 2012.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Statistics Canada's potato acreage estimates are flat to down for 2014, but coast-to-coast, Canada's growers are optimistic. Statistics Canada's production estimates for 2014, released this July, identify the total planted acreage in Canada as 348,221 acres. Overall, this represents a reduction of 7,117 acres over last year. As with last year's crop, the reduction stem from decreases in processing contracts, especially in Manitoba, as well as the long winter and slow start to planting this spring.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Packaging for potatoes is consistent in the Pacific Northwest. Bill Brewer, executive director of the Portland-based Oregon Potato Commission, doesn't expect to see anything change drastically when it comes to what packaging styles are popular. "We expect this to remain consistent with the last couple of years," he said of potato packaging trends. Still, some shippers have noticed a growing trend toward smaller pack sizes.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Southern rust continues to be reported on corn in Virginia. Southern rust was first confirmed August 3 on corn samples from Chesapeake and Suffolk. Since then, reports of southern rust have been made from Sussex and Albermarle counties, and it is likely that the pathogen is throughout much of the state. Read more on the disease and its spread from this AgFax.com article.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
LSU AgCenter researchers are working to develop biological controls for these aflatoxin-producing fungi. Read more on their efforts from this AgFax.com article.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Manage this year's white mold inoculum to reduce the incidence and severity of white mold in future soybean crops. Read management recommendations from this MSU Extension article.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
A series of videos exploring the history of the Prince Edward Island potato industry will be officially launched this Wednesday at the Canadian Potato Museum in O'Leary. The videos include conversations with individuals who helped build P.E.I. Potatoes into a recognizable brand across Canada and around the world.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Crop disease experts warn Idaho potato growers that extremely wet weather has created ideal conditions for the spread of late blight disease, and it's critical that they keep current on spraying fungicides. University of Idaho Extension potato pathologist Phil Nolte said samples taken Aug. 11-12 from three separate fields in Bingham County have tested positive for the fungal disease, which thrives in prolonged high humidity and warm temperatures.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Washington apple industry leaders anticipate a record crop of apples in 2014, and other industry projections are expected to come into sharper focus after the Aug. 21-22 U.S. Apple Association's Marketing and Outlook Conference. For more details on the apple estimates check out this Packer article and video.

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8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
In fields of Brussels sprouts along the Central Coast, farmers have begun hand-harvesting the early crop, while preparing for the peak of the harvest in the fall. Growers say demand for the early-season crop has improved in the last few years, as more people incorporate Brussels sprouts into their diets year-round. At the height of harvest, farmers use machines to harvest the sprouts. Demand typically rises after Labor Day and peaks during the holiday season.

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