In Europe, late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans, is the most devastating disease affecting organic (and conventional) potato production. Under suitable environmental conditions the disease can spread rapidly and it can cause complete crop loss. The extent of damage due to late blight depends on several factors: in organic production systems these factors include climate, choice of variety, soil management and use of crop protection agents such as copper. Therefore, the extent of economic damage varies between European regions.This report presents the results of a detailed survey that has been conducted in 7 European countries in the year 2001: (i) statistics on yields, farm gate prices, and production techniques,(ii) an analysis offarmer observations and experiences on the extent and impact of late blight epidemics,(iii) an analysis of the farmer's motivations, expectations and their assessment of the potential impact of a copper ban. Using multiple linear regression we identified production factors which appear to consistently contribute to production success.
|Authors||Lucius Tamm et al.|
|Year of publication||2004|