News July 2021, North America

Wisconsin potato researcher discussing season projects

Potato research and the current crop were the topics of a University of Wisconsin field demonstration day Thursday, reports Larry Lee for Brownfield Ag News.

Amanda Gevens is a potato & vegetable disease researcher for the University of Wisconsin and the state’s growers.  She tells Brownfield the one good thing about a drier than normal June is fewer instances of potato disease.

“Relatively few disease calls in the crop but we have seen some. We’ve seen some black leg around around the state. Certainly, we’ve had early blight in fields in lower canopies and mid canopies, but it’s been managed very well.”

As for research this growing season, Gevens says she’s focused on comparing early and traditional planting dates and also on seed treatment. She says with last season affected by the pandemic, there is a lot of interest by growers and suppliers in this year’s research efforts.

Source: Brownfield Ag News. Full story here
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