Webcast focuses on seed potato certification

11/28/2012 09:58:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

potato plantCourtesy Agricultural Research ServiceBecause seed potatoes can carry many diseases, you can't just plant tubers and expect to sell the eventual crop as propagation material.

From planting to harvest, you must follow several steps to protect the seed potato crop.

Robert Davidson, a horticulture professor at Colorado State University, walks viewers through the basics of seed potato certification in the latest Focus on Potato webcast, according to a news release.

During the 22-minute presentation, Davidson covers the basis for certification, current certification processes, disease and conditions that are the focus of inspections, and how the problems can be managed.

The webcast will be available through Feb. 28, 2013.

Other Focus on Potato webcasts are available on the Plant Management Network's website.

The non-profit network is a collaborative among the American Society of Agronomy, American Phytopathological Society and Crop Science Society of America.

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