|Sep 18, 2012 - Final Disease Report for 2012 (Report #31)|
By Dr. Vikram Bisht, Plant Pathologist, Potato & Horticultural Crops, Manitoba Agriculture, Foods & Rural Initiatives
Potato harvest is in full swing and the potatoes look good. The cool overnight temperatures have brought the tuber temperature down - this should help with storage.
No new late blight incidences have been reported. Frost has affected foliage in many areas.
I take this opportunity to thank Syngenta for being a major sponsor of the program. And I would like to thank a number of individuals. Andy Nadler, Mike Wroblewski, Alistair Kuegler for running the weather networks. Tracy Shinners-Carnelley, Susan Ainsworth, Gary Sloik, and Brian Wilson for their input. Agronomists and crop consultants Leon Jarvis, Scott Graham, Darren White, Andrew Ronald, John Sawatzky, Kurt Ginter, and others who have provided information, reported disease issues and collected disease samples and aphid monitoring cards throughout the season. These helped in preparing regular updates on disease and insect pest situations in the province and other areas.
This will be the last regular report for the 2012 season.