3. Potato Growing

 Postponed - 50th Anniversary Symposium Wed/Thu 1-2 Sep 

Due to the current Covid-19 lockdown, unknown timing of alert level changes, and because we would prefer a face-to-face celebration of 50 years of the Society, the Agronomy Society Council took the decision on 25 Aug to postpone the 50th Anniversary symposium scheduled for next week (Wednesday/Thursday 1-2 Sep). 

The Symposium will be postponed until April 2022 (dates to be confirmed shortly).  A message will be sent out to sponsors, registrants & members on Thu 26 Aug.

Immediately below are PDF files of individual papers from the Agronomy Society of New Zealand Special Publication No. 3 published in 1985 from the Potato growing: A changing scene symposium held in conjunction with the New Zealand Potato Board 2nd National Potato Industry Convention in June 1983.

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A.G. Wilcox p. iii



G.S. Wratt p. iv

Part I. Management


Potato agronomy - an overview

R.A. Genet pp. 3-9


Mechanisation in potato production

G.G. Lindsay pp. 11-16


Irrigation response of potatoes

P.D. Jamieson pp. 17-20

Part II. Cultivars


Potato breeding in New Zealand

R.A. Genet and J.A.D. Anderson pp. 23-27


Techniques for the design of potato cultivar trials

N.S. Mountier pp. 29-31

Part III. Seed


Pathogen tested potatoes in New Zealand I. Production of pathogen tested seed

S.D. Martin pp. 35-37


Pathogen tested potatoes in New Zealand II. Field evaluation

G.E. Ovenden, J.A.D. Anderson, S.D. Armstrong and W.J.P. Mitchell pp. 39-42


Potato production from true seed: is there a future?

J.A.D. Anderson and R.C. Flint pp. 43-45

Part IV. Pathogens


Tuber-borne diseases of potatoes

J. Hedley and R.C. Close pp. 49-54


Recent New Zealand studies on the chemical control of late blight of potatoes

W.F. Hartill and K. Young pp. 55-60


The potato moth Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller) - its habits, damage potential and management

S.L. Goldson and R.M. Emberson pp. 61-66


Potato cyst nematode in New Zealand

J.W. Marshall and M. Spink pp. 67-70


Bibliography of potatoes in New Zealand

M.A. Warwick, F.D. Bills and G.S. Wratt pp. 71-80