‘Yukon Gold’ (2015-3079137-010) certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has tested positive for Dickeya dianthicola in Virginia this summer. This is the second report of Dickeya dianthicola in the U.S. originating from seed potato from New Brunswick, Canada this summer. Importantly, Dickeya-infested potato seed has also been shipped from multiple sources in Maine to 11 states located in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions this year. All potato growers are encouraged to scout fields and report any suspect plants/tubers. The best method for keeping your potato operation Dickeya-free is to adopt your own 0% Dickeya-tolerance policy.
August 1, 2016