Add by RSS Feed
Get the Android app
Get the iOS app
Prince Edward Island Potato Board
Talking about potatoes in Prince Edward Island, primarily discussing research and agronomy topics with farmers, agronomists, researchers and a variety of industry partners.
Apr 6, 2022
#29 Irrigation Management - Michele Konschuh
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.
Mar 10, 2022
#28 Variety Management with Mark Pavek
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.
Mar 3, 2022
#27 Nitrogen Management with David Burton
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.
Feb 24, 2022
#26 David Jones, Canadian Potato Council
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.
Feb 17, 2022
#25 Wireworm and other insect pests with Christine Noronha
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.
Feb 2, 2022
#24 Jeff Miller on Pink Rot
SpudChat is back, and we're talking about pink rot with Jeff Miller of Miller Research in Rupert, Idaho.
Sep 29, 2021
#23 Cover Crops with Dr. Laura Van Eerd
We cap off our three week focus on cover crops by talking to Dr. Laura Van Eerd, Professor and researcher with the University of Guelph at Ridgetown College in Southwestern Ontario. Ryan talks with Laura about her long-term cover crop research and some of the exciting findings from those trials so far. More on Dr. Van Eerd's research can be found at https://soilsatguelph.ca/ After this week, SpudChat will be taking a short break for a few weeks during the harvest season while we get all of our grower trials harvested. Talk soon!
Sep 22, 2021
#22 Cover Crops with Dr. Judith Nyiraneza
On this episode of SpudChat, Ryan talks to Dr. Judith Nyiraneza with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Charlottetown about some of her research projects, including cover cropping, building soil health and fertility through rotation crops, measuring the effect of manure in potato rotations, as well as her recent research into improving phosphorus management in PEI.
Sep 15, 2021
#21 "Wheat Pete" Johnson
On this episode of SpudChat, Ryan talks with Peter "Wheat Pete" Johnson, an agronomist, farmer and podcaster from Ontario to talk about the agronomy of winter cereals, as growers start ramping up cover cropping this fall. They also chat about some ways to avoid soil compaction as we head into the harvest season. You can listen to Wheat Pete's World every week at RealAgriculture or wherever you get your podcasts.
Sep 8, 2021
#20 Shaun Haney of RealAgriculture
On this week's SpudChat, we talk with the king of Canadian ag podcasting, Shaun Haney of RealAgriculture. We talk about how he started his ag media business, how he enjoys reaching out to farmers of all types across Canada, and some of the newer podcasts and features that he and his team are working on. RealAgRadio, the Agronomists, and other podcasts are available wherever you get podcasts!
Sep 3, 2021
#19 Crop Update with Ryan
On this episode of SpudChat, Ryan provides a quick update on the crop and a look ahead at the two remaining AIM Field Tours coming up on Tuesday, September 7th.
Aug 25, 2021
#18 Grower Check-In - August
This week, the Grower Check-In is back for August. Ryan talks with Morgan Smallman of J & J Smallman Farms near O'Leary, Kevin Murray of Murray Farms in Bedeque, and Myles Rose of RA Rose & Sons of North Lake to hear how the crop is looking across the province.
Aug 18, 2021
#17 Scouting Review 4
On this episode, we again have an update on the status of the crop across the province following our bi-weekly scouting meeting. Joining me this week are Lorraine MacKinnon and Eileen Beaton with the PEI Dept of Agriculture & Land and Morgan MacNeil with the PEI Potato Board. Generally, the crop is looking good in PEI and growers are positive, but still a few things to pay attention to as we move into tuber bulking stage.
Aug 4, 2021
#16 Scouting Review #3 (August 4th)
In this week's episode of SpudChat, we once again get a review of the bi-weekly scouting meeting with Lorraine MacKinnon of the PEI Department of Agriculture and Land. Thankfully, reports have been very positive with few reports of disease or pest issues. We talk a little bit about dealing with wet spots, thinking about pink rot, and other topics.
Jul 28, 2021
#15 Using Willows for Field Buffers with Emily Murphy, EPAA
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk with Emily Murphy, a PhD Candidate at UBC who is working with the East Prince Agri-Environment Association as part of their research in using willow trees to prevent nutrients from moving to groundwater as well as sequestering carbon. Emily will talk a bit about willows and how they could fit for many types of potato fields.
Jul 21, 2021
#14 Scouting Review 2 (July 20)
We've convened our panel after the biweekly Fieldworkers Meeting again. This time, Ryan is joined by Lorraine MacKinnon with the PEI Dept of Agriculture & Land as well as Dr. Christine Noronha, entomologist with AAFC in Charlottetown. We talk about european corn borer control, an explosion of earwigs, healthy and vigorous looking crops, and volunteer control.
Jul 14, 2021
#13 July Grower Check-In
What better time to talk to potato growers than after some rain! This week on SpudChat, we check in with three potato growers from across PEI to hear how the crop is looking and what's new on their farms this year. We talk to Marshall Smallman of Smallman Farms in Knutsford, Matt Ramsay of Oyster Cove Farms in Hamilton and Ben Visser of GWR Visser Farms in Orwell.
Jul 7, 2021
#12 PEI Potato Scouting Review - June 6th
On this edition of SpudChat, we've convened a panel of PEI potato experts to review some of the comments we heard as part of the first biweekly fieldworkers meeting as well as our own observations of the crop. Joining Ryan this week are Lorraine MacKinnon with the PEI Department of Agriculture and Land; Steve Watts, agronomist with Genesis Crop Systems; and Greg Donald, General Manager of the PEI Potato Board.
Jun 30, 2021
#11 Weather Monitoring with Don Jardine
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk with Don Jardine, a researcher/instructor/consultant with the University of Prince Edward Island's Climate Lab. Don is working with their team to install a number of new weather stations across the province in an effort to more accurately capture the regional variability in climate that we see in PEI as well as hopefully improve forecasts in the future.
Jun 23, 2021
#10 June Grower Check-In
For this month's Grower Check-In, we talk to Bryan Maynard of FarmBoys Inc. in Arlington, Gordon McKenna of Country View Farms in Newton, and Chris MacAulay of MacAulay Farms in Chepstow to talk about how planting went, how the crop is looking, and anything new on the farm this season.
Jun 16, 2021
#9 Rotation Crops to Improve Soil Health
In this episode of SpudChat, Ryan is talking about some of the trials that are underway looking at the effect of different rotation crops on improving soil health and suppressing soil borne diseases, including potato early dying.
Jun 9, 2021
#8 PVY Prevention with Mathuresh Singh
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk to Dr. Mathuresh Singh of Agricultural Certification Services in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Mathuresh and his team have been working on research into Potato Virus Y (PVY) over the last decade, providing a great deal of recommendations for seed growers on how to prevent the spread of PVY in their fields. We chat about some of his past research findings and how that has been implemented on the farm in New Brunswick and beyond.
Jun 1, 2021
#7 Seed Potato Topics with Mary Kay Sonier
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk with Mary Kay Sonier, Seed Coordinator at the PEI Potato Board, about all things seed potatoes. Specifically, we talk about variety evaluation and some promising new varieties in PEI, managing PVY, and a bunch of other seed-related topics. For more on many of these topics, visit www.peipotatoagronomy.com for factsheets, presentations and more.
May 26, 2021
#6 Grower Check-In
For this edition of SpudChat, we do our first Grower Check-In with Prince Edward Island potato growers across the province. We learn about three different farms, get an update on how planting is going, and what these growers are doing differently on their farms in 2021. This week we talk with Jonathan MacLennan of MacLennan Properties in West Cape; Brandon MacPhail of MacSull Farms in New London; and Becky Townshend of Townshend Potato Company in Rollo Bay West. Recorded on May 24th, 2021.
May 19, 2021
#5 Common Scab with Claudia Goyer
In this week's episode of SpudChat, we talk with Dr. Claudia Goyer, plant pathologist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Fredericton, NB about common scab, the old nemesis of potato farmers everywhere. We talk about how common scab happens and some of the reasons why it is such a challenge to control. We also talk about Claudia's research as part of the national Potato Cluster research project on common scab, including some promising new results using a conventional product. Check out www.peipotatoagronomy.com for more info on common scab and any of the topics we discuss.
May 12, 2021
#4 IPM Strategies and Program with Sebastian Ibarra
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk to Sebastian Ibarra of the PEI Department of Agriculture & Land to talk about Integrated Pest Management and some of the different IPM programs available from the Department. For more about the PEIDAL programs, visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/agriculture-and-land/beneficial-management-practices-sub-program
May 5, 2021
#3 Precision Ag in Potatoes - Evan MacDonald
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk to Evan MacDonald, Senior Precision Agronomist with Croptimistic Technology Inc covering Eastern Canada. Evan has previously worked with both the PEI Department of Agriculture and Cavendish Agri-Services and has a passion for precision agriculture and field mapping. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Prince Edward Island, studying how soil electroconductivity and elevation can be integrated into to create management zones for variable rate seed spacing in potatoes. We talked a bit about the merits of this type of mapping technology and how it can apply to potato farmers.
Apr 28, 2021
#2 Fungal Diseases with Rick Peters, AAFC
In this episode of SpudChat, we talk with Dr. Rick Peters of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Charlottetown, PEI about his work on fungal diseases in potatoes. A wide-ranging conversation talking about late blight, early blight, black dot, and more.
Apr 23, 2021
Welcome to SpudChat!
Welcome to the first episode of SpudChat, the weekly podcast talking about the potato industry in Prince Edward Island and beyond! In this episode, host Ryan Barrett provides an overview of what SpudChat is all about, as well as a brief overview of some of the types of research and agronomy projects that are being done as part of the Agronomy Initiative for Marketable Yield (AIM). For more information on many of these projects, visit www.peipotatoagronomy.com!