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Spud growers turn out for 2018 Potato Production Days in Canada

This year’s Potato Production Days saw a range of speakers from 
emerging technology to resistance and regulatory issues. Resistance issues, management strategies and pathogens both new and old. Just a few of the issues that had potato growers’ attention at the 2018 Potato Production Days Jan. 23-25 at Brandon’s Keystone Centre in Canada’s Manitoba province. This year’s speakers tackled disease and damage diagnosis, drones, seed and vine management, weeds and rapidly rising concern over resistance, both in fungicide for early blight and Colorado potato beetle. The pest has been on the rise in recent years, according to Dr. Tracy Shinners-Carnelley of Peak of the Market. Fungicides are facing similar resistance problems, Dr. Neil Gudmestad told the room Jan. 24. The North Dakota State University professor noted a once rare, but increasing mutation in early blight with a high resistance to boscalid, the active ingredient in several common fungicides. More

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