It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combines on farms, but they may soon play a major role in helping feed the world. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
Potato growers are familiar with the problems that stem from blackleg and are adept at managing it. However, two new strains have been identified and one has been spreading in North America for the last two years. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
In 2013, eastern Canadian potato growers were concerned: they were not seeing the yield increases experienced by growers throughout the rest of North America. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
The Ontario Potato Board and Dr. Eugenia Banks are collaborating on a new two-year project to evaluate late blight management technologies new to Ontario. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
New hope is on the horizon for potato growers engaged in the ongoing battle against Colorado potato beetle (CPB). Researchers are currently field-testing one of the most effective controls ever developed for the potato’s chief insect villain, and it is entirely chemical-free. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
Although many consumers aren’t aware of it, potatoes have a lot of good things going for them when it comes to human nutrition. For instance, potatoes contain vitamin C, minerals, fibre, protein and bioactive compounds, plus they help provide a feeling of fullness that discourages overeating. Now an Ontario project is identifying some especially healthy potato cultivars that could help win back health-conscious consumers. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
A New Brunswick researcher says that despite the common perception that water and wind are responsible for erosion, tillage erosion is actually the leading cause of soil degradation in most cultivated fields in Canada. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
Careful management of irrigated potato crops over the long-term may help maintain crop productivity and nutrient availability within acceptable levels for agricultural production. This is the conclusion Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers reached when they did a field experiment the year after completing a long-term irrigated potato rotation study in Brandon, Man. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
A potato extract that’s rich in beneficial compounds is looking very promising. In trials with mice, researchers at McGill University have found that this extract reduces weight gain and provides other important health benefits. Now, they hope to conduct clinical trials to see if the extract produces similar benefits in people. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
Eugenia Banks recently received the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA) 2016 Award of Merit at the OFVGA annual general meeting. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) needs producer volunteers to participate in focus groups that examine National Occupational Standards. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
Roundworms that feed on plants cause approximately $100 billion in annual global crop damage. But a new way of disrupting the motility and reproduction of these plant parasitic nematodes discovered by a University of New Hampshire (UNH) scientist may one day provide farmers with a new way to safely manage these agricultural pests. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!
Farmers gathered at Brent Kelly Farms last Thursday for the annual B.C. Potato Variety Trial Field Day to see new varieties that have been grown in a test field. The goal is to see if any could become a viable crop in Delta. Add to Facebook Like this? Tweet it to your followers!