Diseases

Progress on Dickeya

A new blackleg pathogen, Dickeya dianthicola, emerged in the eastern U.S. in 2015. Since then researchers have been working to find ways to control th... more »

Spore sampling project to alert growers of disease threat

A University of Idaho-led research team plans to start giving their state’s potato growers advanced warnings this season about the arrival of fungal... more »

A Deeper Look: Spotting PVY with drones

Seed certification experts gathered at this year’s Potato Expo in Orlando, Florida and discussed some of the challenges facing seed growers. Those c... more »

Judge decides government didn’t follow rules in quarantining Idaho potato fields

A district court judge has ruled in favor of a group of Idaho farmers affected by a federal pale cyst nematode quarantine program who claimed that the... more »

APHIS takes area in New York out of golden nematode regulated area

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing 193,782 acres from the golden nematode (GN) regulated area in Cayuga, Sen... more »

Potato Plants in Field

Start crop protection planning now to combat early season disease

{Sponsored} Potato growers faced slightly less disease pressure in 2017, but they must keep their guard up and have a crop protection plan in place fo... more »

Washington state adopts pesticide safety rules in new year

New rules for using pesticides, modeled after federal worker protection standards, will take effect in Washington on Jan. 13. Washing State Department... more »

UK researchers make progress with late blight resistance 

Researchers at the Sainsbury Laboratory in the UK have completed fields trials on a genetically modified breed of potato that incorporates late blight... more »

First positive tests for zebra chip pathogen in Western Canada

Authorities are advising against panic as monitoring in southern Alberta potato fields has, for the first time ever, identified the zebra chip pathoge... more »

Late start leads to a strong finish for 2017 growing season

{Sponsored} By the time you read this, potato harvest across the U.S. will be nearing its end. In the coming weeks, we will hear about industry succes... more »


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