Results of research trials funded by the Northwest Potato Research Consortium and other publicly funded research will be discussed as part of an upcoming potato pest-management seminar, according to a report by Capital Press.
Jeff Miller, plant pathologist and principal with seminar host Miller Research LLC, said the trials looked at 13 measurements on eight varieties â€” including new Teton, Clearwater and Dakota russets as well as long-established types such as Russet Burbank, and Ranger, Norkotah, Alturas and Umatilla russets.
â€œWe looked at a number of diseases this year (2019) in the field and post-harvest, with and without fungicide treatment,â€ he said.
Disease problems were fairly minimal last year for Idaho potato growers in general, Miller said. Temperatures werenâ€™t as high as usual for much of the season, though heavy rains early on contributed to some isolated seed-decay problems.
â€œWe had a relatively small outbreak of Late Blight,â€ he said. â€œWe had some growers with Pink Rot issues, but they werenâ€™t very widespread.â€
The seminar will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Historic Wilson Theatre, 610 Fremont St., Rupert, Idaho.