44 episodes

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

SpudChat Prince Edward Island Potato Board

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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.

    #44 Precision Agriculture with Aitazaz Farooque

    #44 Precision Agriculture with Aitazaz Farooque

    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.&n...

    • 33 min
    #43 - Ian Scott on Colorado Potato Beetles

    #43 - Ian Scott on Colorado Potato Beetles

    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.

    • 27 min
    #42 Tyler MacKenzie on PVY

    #42 Tyler MacKenzie on PVY

    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.

    • 36 min
    #41 Wireworm in the UK - Martyn Cox

    #41 Wireworm in the UK - Martyn Cox

    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 ...

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

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

    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...

    • 1 hr
    #39 - Potato Early Dying with Mario Tenuta

    #39 - Potato Early Dying with Mario Tenuta

    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.

    • 51 min

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