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  • Fall Potato Production up 2 Percent from 2005

    Nov 9, 2006

    Production of fall potatoes for 2006 is forecast at 391 million cwt., up 2 percent from last year, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area harvested, at 976,900 acres, is virtually unchanged from the July estimate but 3 percent above last year. The average… Full Story »
  • Potato Shipments to and from Canada to Resume

    Oct 11, 2006

    The temporary trade restrictions implemented by the United States and Canada after nematode detections in Idaho and Quebec have been lifted. Trade restrictions were placed on potato shipments from Idaho after the April detection of the pale potato cyst nematode (PCN), and USDA placed restrictions on… Full Story »
  • U.S. and Canada Establish Protocol for Potato Pest Detection and Response

    Oct 9, 2006

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in coordination with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has developed a joint protocol to implement immediate response measures if future detections of potato cyst nematodes are found in either Canada or the United States. The establishment… Full Story »
  • Containment Plan Announced for PCN-Affected Area in Idaho

    Aug 30, 2006

    The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced a plan Aug. 29 to stop the spread of potato cyst nematode (PCN) in Idaho. The restrictions affect Bingham and Bonneville counties, which include the town of Shelley in… Full Story »
  • Idaho PCN Quarantine Announcement Expected Aug. 28

    Aug 29, 2006

    According to a release from the Potato Growers of Idaho, a quarantine of areas affected by the potato cyst nematode is expected today. The quarantine is expected to include only two counties in eastern Idaho that are near where PCN was found. PCN was first found… Full Story »
  • Idaho to Receive Additional $13 Million for Potato Cyst Nematode Surveys

    Aug 22, 2006

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns announced Aug. 22 an additional $13 million to fight the spread of potato cyst nematode (PCN) in Idaho. This brings the total to about $15 million, all of which is immediately available, Johanns said. The money will be used for… Full Story »
  • USDA Restricts Potato Imports from Quebec

    Aug 18, 2006

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced that it is prohibiting the entry of potatoes and other products from the province of Quebec due to the detection of the golden nematode (GN), a serious pest of potatoes that does… Full Story »
  • Second PCN Finding Made in Eastern Idaho

    Jul 28, 2006

    A second potato cyst nematode (PCN) finding has been made in eastern Idaho, in a field bordering the one where the first finding was made. Located in northern Bingham County, the two fields of 45 acres and 60 acres border each other, according to an update… Full Story »
  • Fall Potato Acreage Up 2 Percent from 2005

    Jul 13, 2006

    Area planted to fall potatoes for 2006 is estimated at 990,500 acres, up 2 percent from last year but 5 percent below 2004, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Harvested acres are forecast at 974,400, up 3 percent from 2005 but 5 percent below… Full Story »
  • PEI Potato Buydown Numbers Released

    Jun 29, 2006

    Close to 8,500 acres were accepted in the 2006 Potato Acreage Buydown Program in Prince Edward Island, which had an application deadline of May 1. "We are very pleased with this level of support from growers," said Morley Wood, board chairman. "It shows that growers understand… Full Story »

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