Apr 26, 2018
Potato virus detection training workshops set

Researchers are holding three potato virus detection training workshops in the United States this year – at Othello, Washington; Antigo, Wisconsin; and Presque Isle, Maine.

These workshops will cover field identification of PVY (strains O, N-Wi and NTN), including visual identification of foliar symptoms on 20 cultivars commonly grown in each region. Recent standardization of seed certification programs across the U.S. includes the requirement for documentation of inspector training. However, organizers said, this training will also be beneficial to growers, people who rogue and those in the potato industry in general.

Othello, Washington 
Date/Time: Thursday June 21. This workshop will be integrated into the Washington State University Potato Field Day, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Washington State University Research Farm, 1471 West Cox Road, Othello, WA
Nearby events
• Tuesday June 19, Final Washington Commercial Potato Seed Lot Reading, Washington State University Research Farm, Othello 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Wednesday June 20, Oregon State University Potato Field Day, OSU Research and Extension Center, 2121 South 1st Street, Hermiston, OR

Antigo, Wisconsin
Date/Time: Thursday July 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in advance of the Langlade Ag Research Station County Field Day, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: University of Wisconsin Langlade Agricultural Research Station, Langlade County Airport, N3689 Langlade Road, Antigo, WI

Presque Isle, Maine
Date/Time: Tuesday July 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for inspectors and 2 to 4 p.m. for growers and field staff, with a rain date on Thursday July 12.
Location: University of Maine Aroostook Farm, 59 Houlton Road, US Route 1, Presque Isle, ME

University and USDA experts will be available at each location to give tours and answer questions. To register for the event, visit Potato Virus Detection Training Workshop Registration. For more information about the workshop, email [email protected]. These workshops are part of a USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Initiative.


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