Cultivation/Production, Pests and Diseases

Canada: Insect, disease outlook varied across the country

By all accounts, the potato industry in Canada is a healthy one, and things are certainly looking up for 2017. Spud Smart magazine reached out to some experts in the field in late June to determine what risks growers may face. Sebastian Ibarra, agri-environmental specialist with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries says the main potato pest in Prince Edward Island in 2016 was wireworms, and “it is likely that these pests will cause trouble again.” Khalil I. Al-Mughrabi, a pathologist with the Potato Development Centre, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, says the main potato insect pests in New Brunswick last year were Colorado potato beetle and aphids. When it comes to diseases, Al-Mughrabi says late blight, early blight, pink rot and early dying (caused by both Verticillium, which is a fungus, and nematodes such as root lesion nematode) are diseases of potential impact on potato production in New Brunswick and elsewhere. More

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