April 05, 2020

Potato conference set for Caribou

CARIBOU — Hundreds of potato farmers from Maine and neighboring New Brunswick are expected to attend the annual Maine Potato Conference on Wednesday and Thursday at the Caribou Motor Inn and Convention Center.

The yearly event, held by Cooperative Extension, offers farmers, researchers and others information on potato diseases, production tips and news about potato research.

The agenda for Wednesday, Jan. 21, includes discussions on early blight, the growing of soybeans in Aroostook County and information on various potato pests, such as leafhoppers.

The Maine Potato Board’s executive director, Michael Corey, also will discuss the board’s research priorities.

The occurrence of late blight during the 1997 crop will be discussed on Thursday, Jan. 22. Potato prices and research for the new potato varieties also is on the agenda.

Results of the recent seed potato tests in Florida will be presented by the Maine Department of Agriculture and Rural Resources.

Both days of lectures and presentations will begin at 9 a.m.

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