Published online: Sep 25, 2011 Fungicide
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Researchers with the University of Manitoba will launch a study this fall to assess the value of composted hog manure in improving the yield and quality of Manitoba potato crops.

A three-year study being launched this month will compare the effect of composted beef cattle manure, the composted solids from liquid-solid separated hog manure and conventional fumigation in reducing the yield losses in potatoes caused by verticillium wilt.

Dr Mario Tenuta, a soil scientist with the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology, explains previous work has shown the addition of composed beef cattle manure reduces the amount of Verticillium in the potato.