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Research Project: Resources for the Genetic Improvement of Potato

Location: Vegetable Crops Research

Title: Pink eye in potato is problematic

item Wang, Yi - University Of Wisconsin
item Gevens, Amanda - University Of Wisconsin
item Bethke, Paul

Submitted to: Common Tater
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/3/2017
Publication Date: 1/1/2018
Citation: Wang, Y., Gevens, A., Bethke, P.C. 2018. Pink eye in potato is problematic. Common Tater. 70(1):14-17.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Fall of 2017 was a challenging harvest season for potato growers in Central Wisconsin because of the less-than-ideal patterns of temperature and precipitation. Late September had several days with high temperatures above 85'F that shut down most harvest operations. Early October brought in quite a few rain events. This abnormal weather pattern created numerous challenges for potato storage quality. In particular, pink eye and subsequent diseases have been problematic. In this article we review the characteristics of pink eye, the physiological causes, and suggest management approaches that growers can take to minimize the occurrence of pink eye.