Published online: Jul 16, 2010
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ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Plant Management Network (PMN), a nonprofit publisher of applied agricultural and horticultural information, announces the launch of Focus on Potato, a resource that features webcasts and other science-backed information tools that will help growers and consultants protect and manage their crops more effectively.

The central feature of Focus on Potato is its 24/7 on-demand educational webcasts. These are audio-visual presentations authored by university professors and extension specialists recognized for their expertise and research on potato management practices.

One new webcast will be published in Focus on Potato each month. Each of these new webcasts will be open access for a period of at least 30 days. As long as users visit the site monthly, all webcasts can be viewed free of charge, without a subscription. Current freely available webcasts include the following:

--Zebra Chip Disease of Potato by Gary Secor, Professor of Plant Pathology,
--Managing Nitrogen by Carl Rosen, Professor and Extension Soil Scientist at the University of Minnesota

--Potato Late Blight by Steve Johnson, Extension Professor and Extension Potato Specialist, University of Maine

--Potassium and Chloride in Potatoes by Don Horneck, Associate Professor and Extension Agronomist, OSU

--Enhancing Potato Seed Performance by Phil Nolte, Professor and Extension Seed Potato Specialist, UI

--Fusarium Dry Rot of Potatoes by Gary Secor, Professor of Plant Pathology, NDSU

In addition, the Plant Management Network publishes several open-access resources available in Focus on Potato. One such resource is PMN's University Extension Search, which allows users to find fact sheets, articles and other information from PMN's 37 land-grant university partners.
Using keywords, users can search individual states or all 37 universities at once for potato-related information. Other open-access resources include PMN's Cross-Journal and Products & Services searches. The Cross-Journal Search allows users to find bottom-line recommendations in the abstracts of journals published by the Plant Management Network and its partnering scientific societies. The Products & Services Search indexes products, solutions, recommendations and other web-based resources from PMN's 38 Industry and Nonprofit partners.