| ||A series of upcoming workshops will provide fresh market potato growers with information on current and up-and-coming diseases and pests in the province. Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says the workshops are a great opportunity for growers to get the latest information and plan ahead.
“Participants will receive information on the importance, impact and management of a number of disease/pest issues in Alberta, including Late blight, Potato Psyllid/Zebra Chip, Fusarium Dry Rot and Blackleg and several skin diseases. Additionally, there will be presentations on the importance of seed and varietal selection in the management of disease in table potatoes,” he says.
Each farm operation will receive a free copy of the manual Potato Field Guide.
Producers may attend any one of three free workshops in Lethbridge (March 1), Lacombe (March 2) or Leduc (March 3). While there is no cost to attend these workshops, participants are asked to register in advance by calling the Ag-Info Centre Registration line at 1-800-387-6030 prior to February 23, 2016. A maximum of 2 attendees from each farm operation may attend.