Idaho mulls new ring rot requirements

The Idaho potato industry is mulling required bacterial ring rot testing of early generation seed, as well as new record-keeping standards to better trace infections back to a point of origin. A group of about 35 industry representatives has been meeting for several months to address their state’s ongoing challenges with the disease, which can be financially devastating to growers. Michael Cooper, with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries Division, used their input to draft proposed regulations, which the group reviewed and revised Jan. 24 in Pocatello. More