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Talking about potatoes in Prince Edward Island, primarily discussing research and agronomy topics with farmers, agronomists, researchers and a variety of industry partners.

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Talking about potatoes in Prince Edward Island, primarily discussing research and agronomy topics with farmers, agronomists, researchers and a variety of industry partners.

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English


Episodes
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#44 Precision Agriculture with Aitazaz Farooque

4/16/2024
In this episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Aitazaz Farooque, Professor of Precision Agriculture with the University of Prince Edward Island. Aitazaz has been a frequent collaborator on research projects with the PEI potato industry, including research into the use of soil electroconductivity (EC) for creating management zones, uses those zones for variable rate fertility or seed spacing, investigating compaction, and now working on using AI and machine learning to identify PVY in the field. We discuss all of these projects and more in this chat.

Duration:00:33:03

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#43 - Ian Scott on Colorado Potato Beetles

4/9/2024
In this episode of Spudchat, we talk to Dr. Ian Scott of AAFC in London, Ontario about insecticide resistance in Colorado potato beetles. Ian was part of a team that worked for the last five years to test potato beetles from across Canada for resistance to commonly used insecticides, uncovering some very interesting results. We talk about those results and the next steps in managing these persistent pests.

Duration:00:27:56

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#42 Tyler MacKenzie on PVY

4/2/2024
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Tyler MacKenzie of Agricultural Certification Services in Fredericton, NB to talk about the work that their team is doing on PVY, including some research into aphicide resistance that they did for us here in PEI last year. Tyler also talks about using new lab techniques to identify Verticillium and nematodes, which cause potato early dying.

Duration:00:36:06

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#41 Wireworm in the UK - Martyn Cox

3/19/2024
In this episode of Spudchat, we head "across the pond" again to speak with Martyn Cox, an independent agronomist in England who has been working hard to figure out how to manage wireworm, which has become more of an issue in recent years. Martyn has been collaborating with folks in PEI for the last few years to inform how they improve their IPM strategies back in the UK. Martyn updates us on the challenges they face with wireworm and how they are making headway in reducing losses from this pest.

Duration:00:48:40

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#40 Potato Research and Agronomy in the UK - Mark Stalham

3/18/2024
Spudchat is back! Apologies for the hiatus, but looking forward to bringing you more potato chat this year. In this episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Mark Stalham of Mark Stalham Potato Consultancy in the United Kingdom. Mark worked for many years at Cambridge University Farm and then NIAB CUF before starting his own private agronomy consulting firm. Mark has presented in PEI before and has a great knowledge of potatoes, especially irrigation, compaction, and soil health. In this podcast, we dig into the state of potato research and agronomy in the UK as well as what some of the biggest challenges are for British growers and how they are working together to meet those challenges.

Duration:01:00:35

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#39 - Potato Early Dying with Mario Tenuta

3/20/2023
In this episode of SpudChat, Ryan talks with Dr. Mario Tenuta from the University of Manitoba about Potato Early Dying complex (PED). Mario was the lead for Canadian Potato Early Dying Network (CanPEDNet) project as part of the FVGC National Cluster for the last five year, and included research happening here in PEI. They talk about some of the key findings from the research project, as well as where we go from here in terms of managing the disease.

Duration:00:51:43

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#38 Update on Potato Wart with Greg Donald, PEIPB

3/16/2023
In this episode of SpudChat, we hear from Greg Donald, General Manager of the PEI Potato Board from a presentation Greg made at the 2023 PEI Potato Conference. Greg provides an update on the ongoing potato wart investigation, the results of the International Panel report on potato wart in PEI, and how this informs the path forward toward resuming seed shipments from the Island to the rest of Canada and beyond.

Duration:00:23:55

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#37 Practical Approaches to Soil Health with Anne Verhallen

3/13/2023
This episode features another of our presenters from the 2023 PEI Potato Conference in Summerside on February 13th. Today, we hear from Anne Verhallen of OMAFRA in Ridgetown, Ontario, talking about practical approaches to soil health. Anne is a well-renowned expert on cover cropping and soil health improvement, working primarily with horticulture crop producers in South-Western Ontario. Anne discusses some of the results of trials that indicate how producers can prioritize soil health in a number of ways, but also shares the perspectives of some of the producers she works with.

Duration:00:43:51

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#36 Soil Heath and Cover Crops with Ryan Barrett (repost from Tuber Talk)

3/9/2023
On this bonus episode of SpudChat, we're pleased to share an episode of the Tuber Talk podcast from Potatoes in Canada that was recorded in late 2022. In this episode, Ryan Barrett talks about research and extension projects on cover crops and improving soil health in potato rotations with Bree Rhody. You can find Tuber Talk at https://www.potatoesincanada.com/podcast-category/tuber-talk/ or in your normal podcast platform.

Duration:00:26:50

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#35 Common Scab with Dr. Claudia Goyer, AAFC

3/6/2023
This week on SpudChat, we bring you the audio from another of our presentations at the PEI Potato Conference in Summerside on February 13th, 2023. In this episode, we hear from Dr. Claudia Goyer of AAFC in Fredericton, NB. Claudia has been leading a national research project into common scab for the past five years, investigating both the populations of the bacteria that cause common scab as well as potential treatment options for potatoes.

Duration:00:31:27

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#34 Why was 2022 such a challenging year for PVY - Mathuresh Singh

2/27/2023
SpudChat is back! Over the next couple of weeks, we're sharing some of the presentations from the 2023 PEI Potato Conference, held in Summerside on February 13th. First up is Dr. Mathuresh Singh of Agricultural Certification Services in Fredericton, NB to talk about PVY and why it was such a problem in 2022. Mathuresh covers a number of reasons why PVY levels might be so elevated from last season, including the appearance of green peach aphids, changes in varieties, changes in grower demographics, and changes in field management. We're also including some of the questions at the end of the presentation. To follow along with Mathuresh's presentation slide deck, go to the PEI Potato Agronomy Site, under Seminars/Presentations.

Duration:00:41:09

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#33 Talking Weeds with Andrew Mckenzie-Gopsill

7/13/2022
This week, Ryan talks with Dr. Andrew McKenzie-Gopsill, Weed Scientist with AAFC Charlottetown about a range of weed-related topics, including herbicide rotation and efficacy, herbicide timing, and some of the interesting cultural and mechanical weed seed destruction research that Andrew is working on.

Duration:00:29:33

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#32 - 2022 Crop Update #1

7/7/2022
On this episode of SpudChat, Ryan Barrett provides and update on the crop following the first Crop Update Meeting of the year, hosted by the PEI Dept of Ag. Recorded July 7th, 2022.

Duration:00:13:07

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#31 On Farm Climate Action Fund

6/29/2022
In this episode of SpudChat, Ryan Barrett walks through some of the funding available for farmers under the On Farm Climate Action Fund, administered in PEI by the PEI Federation of Agriculture. Full details available at www.peifa.ca/ofcaf

Duration:00:14:18

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#30 Grower Check-In - June 2022

6/22/2022
SpudChat is back with a new episode, and this week we bring back the grower check-in, where we talk with PEI potato farmers from across the province to hear how things went this planting season, and what's new for this year. This week, Ryan is joined by Jonathan MacLennan from West Cape, Chris MacAulay from Chepstow, and Andrew Lawless from Shamrock.

Duration:00:32:01

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#29 Irrigation Management - Michele Konschuh

4/6/2022
In this episode of SpudChat, Ryan talks with Michele Konschuh from the International Potato Tech Expo in Charlottetown about irrigation management following her presentation on March 30th. Michele is an irrigated crop researcher with the University of Lethbridge.

Duration:00:15:43

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#28 Variety Management with Mark Pavek

3/10/2022
In this episode SpudChat, Ryan talks with Mark Pavek of Washington State University about his research and extension projects, including variety management projects involving newer varieties like Clearwater Russet and Mountain Gem Russet that were developed in the Columbia Basin but are now finding adoption here in Prince Edward Island.

Duration:00:31:48

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#27 Nitrogen Management with David Burton

3/3/2022
In this episode, Ryan talks with Dr. David Burton of the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture about nitrogen in potato rotations. Dave has been doing multiple projects looking at better quantifying the nitrogen in PEI soils as well as how producers can better dial-in nitrogen use, including use of enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizers.

Duration:00:24:33

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#26 David Jones, Canadian Potato Council

2/24/2022
In this episode of SpudChat, Ryan is joined by David Jones, Programs Manager with Canadian Potato Council in Ottawa. David gives an overview of the things that the CPC does for Canadian potato growers, including responding to continual pesticide reviews by PMRA. This week, we dig into the newly announced proposed decision to cancel uses of chlorothalonil and how PEI growers can have their voices heard as part of the review process.

Duration:00:26:01

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#25 Wireworm and other insect pests with Christine Noronha

2/17/2022
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk to Dr. Christine Noronha, a research entomologist with AAFC in Charlottetown. We talk about the great work Christine and other have been doing on wireworm IPM strategies as well as a couple of other insect pests in potato production.

Duration:00:32:03