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Upcoming World Potato Congress webinar to focus on seed potato handling from storage to planting

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is pleased to be offering its third webinar in its 2019 series with Dr. Gary Secor. Dr. Secor is a world renowned potato specialist and Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.

Dr. Secor’s webinar presentation Best Management Practices for Seed Potato Handling from Storage to Planting will be live on April 25, 2019 at 08:00 a.m. Central Standard Time on the WPC website at

Dr Gary Secor

The purpose of this webinar is to provide best management practices for selection and handling of seed potatoes from storage to planting to maximize seed potato performance in the field for quality and yield. This presentation will discuss factors affecting seed potato growth, how to select quality seed potatoes, and the importance of proper handling of seed potatoes during loading, transport, unloading and pre-plant storage.

It will also discuss preparation of seed for planting, whether to use whole seed or cut seed, seed cutting and considerations for using of dust and liquid seed treatments.

Descriptions of important early season diseases will be presented with suggestions for management by cultural and fungicide practices.

This webinar will be valuable to seed growers, but it will be particularly valuable to anyone who buys and plants seed potatoes.

The host for the WPC webinar series will be WPC Director, Dr. Nora Olsen (

Interested participants can register and will be able to interact with the presenters of the webinar. To register in advance for this webinar, please go here: Following your registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

The webinars will be recorded and therefore, those who are unable to join us live can view these webinars via the WPC website until December 31, 2019.

Please also mark your calendars for WPC’s fourth webinar with Cedric Porter. Mr. Porter is the Editor of Brexit Food & Farming, a unique monthly briefing tracking and analysing the impact of Brexit on the food and farming industries. Mr. Porter also co-edits World Potato Markets, a weekly briefing on global potato production, trade and prices. Mr. Porter’s webinar presentation will be: World Potato Output and Trade on May 14, 2019 at 09:00 Eastern Standard Time.

WPC looks forward to interacting with you during this initiative. They welcome all your feedback via

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