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This high-resolution picture clearly shows septoria leaf spot. Kelly Turkington takes several shots of the same issue to ensure he gets a clear shot of the problem.  Photo: Kelly Turkington

A picture is worth 1,000 words — if it’s done right

Your best bet is an ‘idiot-proof camera,’ not a smartphone, when it comes to digital diagnosis

Reading Time: 3 minutes Most people use their smartphone cameras to share pictures of their kids, pets, or lunch. But those aren’t what is filling up Kelly Turkington’s inbox. “People are going out into the field with a smartphone, taking a picture, and emailing to ask for a diagnosis,” the federal research scientist said at a recent workshop in […] Read more

Plant diseases to look for in 2014

Provincial officials say the story for 2013 was of extremely localized disease 
outbreaks and the one for this coming year could be the arrival of new threats

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last year underscored the need for timely scouting for crop diseases. “Disease patterns matched the weather,” provincial pathology researcher Mike Harding said at last month’s 2014 Irrigation Update conference. “Different conditions led to serious disease issues in one area and virtually none just 20 miles away.” For example, cereal leaf spot diseases were widespread especially […] Read more