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Spore trapping: Another tool in managing potato late blight

According to potato expert Prof Khalil Al-Mughrabi, ‎Plant Pathologist & Adjunct Professor at the ‎Government of New Brunswick in Canada, a more rational approach to late blight control is based on measured data such as the amount of pathogen in the air and the probability of infection by the pathogen based on weather conditions, could help growers, specialists and industry consultants to use fungicides more efficiently. Spore traps can help in this regard.
3/7/2018

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Australian potato market opens up in Indonesia after trade discussions

Australian potato growers are winning new access to valuable Indonesian markets after a decade-long campaign opened the potential to export up to 85,000 tonnes of seed potatoes with a market value of some $110 million annually. A new agreement to take certified seed potatoes from South Australia and Victoria in Indonesia was made at recent trade discussions in Melbourne,
3/7/2018

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Grocerants and Gen Z: Looking for the future for potatoes

You may not have heard of a ?grocerant,? but you?re almost certainly among the growing number of Americans who have eaten in one. It?s part of a fundamental change in eating patterns, and one the U.S. potato industry is well positioned to benefit from, an industry official said. ?More people are eating out, at bars and restaurants (and other establishments), more so than at supermarkets,? Rachael Lynch said. ?It?s a huge opportunity for us.?
3/6/2018

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Silver scurf: Great name, but bad for spuds

Fans of colorful, alliterative language may like ?silver scurf.? Not Red River Valley potato growers; they see the crop disease as a growing threat. ?I?m getting more questions about it at harvest,? said Andy Robinson, Fargo, N.D.-based potato extension agronomist for both North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. He helped to organize potato educational sessions during the recent International Crop Expo in Grand Forks, N.D., and brought in Amanda Gevens to speak on the crop disease on Feb. 22.
3/6/2018

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Potato processor Agristo invests 200 million in french fry factory

Potato processor Agristo has invested 200 million euro in a new French fry factory in Wielsbeke, Belgium. The family business hopes it can break into the global top five this way. ?This is the most innovative French fry factory in the world?, Filip Wallays, who runs the company alongside Hannelore Raes told De Tijd. Pretty much everything is automated, which requires only fifteen people per shift, with five shifts in total, to operate the plant.
3/6/2018

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The Irish Potato Famine ? could it happen again?

Ireland wasn?t always dependent on potatoes, but in the decades leading up to the famine, more farmers started growing potatoes. As a crop, potatoes are inexpensive and high-yielding. As a food, they are packed with calories and nutrients. The Irish potato famine occurred in the mid-1800s, the result of a fungal disease. Let?s look at the scientific factors that contributed to the spread of the fungal disease, and how such a tragedy can be prevented in the future.
3/6/2018

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Eat purple potatoes to cut your colon cancer risk, study finds

Enjoying a diet that includes plenty of vegetables is great for your health, but a daily dose of purple potatoes may help in the prevention colon cancer, according to a new study conducted on pigs. Understanding the compounds found in these foods and how they break down in the digestive tract could be crucial for finding new colon cancer treatments, researchers say. Scientists at Pennsylvania State University found that a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables may prevent or stop colon cancer and bowel inflammatory diseases in pigs.
3/1/2018

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US: RPE chosen as exclusive marketing partner for CSS Farms? Agri-Pack subsidiary

CSS Farms, a multi-state agriculture company producing onions and chip and specialty potatoes, and RPE ? category leader and year-round grower/shipper of potatoes and onions ? announce the selection of RPE as exclusive marketing partner of Agri-Pack, a CSS Farms subsidiary and Pasco, WA-based grower-packer-distributor of potatoes and onions. CSS Farms Managing Partner Reagan Grabner said the partnering organizations share a collaborative mindset, strategic approach and entrepreneurial spirit, noting RPE and CSS Farms have worked effectively together since 2010 as joint venture partners in Tasteful Selections.
2/28/2018

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West Australian farmers have lost millions one year on from tomato potato psyllid outbreak

Two West Australian farmers say they have each lost more than $1 million and have been forced to downsize their operations in the 12 months since the tomato potato psyllid was discovered near Perth. It has been a year since the Australia-first discovery, which is regarded as one of the most serious bio-security incidents in Western Australia?s horticultural history. A South West potato grower has halved operations and is restructuring his business after being forced to dump more than $1.1m of potatoes that could not leave the state.
2/28/2018

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Sprout control: A Canadian update on the use of MH and CIPC

Use of the growth regulators MH (maleic hydrazide) and CIPC (chlorpropham) are integral to the potato industry, but there is always room for improvement ? and even new avenues of use as the chipping industry evolves. According to Mark VanOostrum, potato supply and quality manager at WD Potato Limited in Ontario, growers are generally very careful to apply MH at the right time, but he says there is a tendency to be too late with MH application timing compared with too early. ?That curbs the potential benefits, often due to the fact we usually time our MH with a fungicide application on a seven-day interval,? he explains.
2/28/2018

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Reach for your pocket: Rapid tests provide cost-effective solution for potato disease diagnosis

Getting a definitive confirmation of the presence of which disease is affecting a crop is important in preventing a pathogen from becoming a bigger problem. ?An easy way of getting a confirmation of the presence of a potato disease is by using rapid tests such as those from Pocket Diagnostic,? says the company?s Sales and Marketing Executive, Malcolm Briggs. ?Rapid tests use the same lateral flow immunoassay technology as pregnancy tests and are a cost-effective option for potato disease diagnosis?.
2/26/2018

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Potato Market Update: Lay of the land in Canada

In an interview with Spudsmart magazine, the general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC), Kevin MacIsaac, says that J.R. Simplot?s $40 million processing plant expansion plans in Manitoba province will have a big impact on the industry and is ?fantastic news for Manitoba growers?. As for Canada?s potato storage holdings on Feb. 1, he says that there isn?t a surplus of potatoes on the fresh side, and ?based on the pricing that we see in most areas, we are matched very well in terms of the fresh sector.? However, he notes that ?there?s a lot less seed then we?ve seen in other years.?
2/26/2018

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Enemies of the skin: Expert shares management guidelines on serious potato blemish diseases

Silver scurf and black dot are potato blemish diseases that are growing in prevalence and economic importance. These diseases are challenging to control and require an integrated effort to reduce their impact on potato production. So says Dr Amanda Gevens, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. Earlier today, she addressed attendees at the 2018 International Crop Expo in Grand Forks, ND.
2/26/2018

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Fighting fit: US spud industry going on offensive, think ?performance vegetable?

The U.S. potato industry likes to describe its product as ?America?s favorite vegetable.? But the industry acknowledges that critics have put potato marketing efforts ?on the defensive,? causing ?us to say that it?s OK to eat potatoes,? said Blair Richardson, president and CEO of Potatoes USA, the nation?s potato marketing agency. Now, his group is close to approving a marketing push that would put potatoes ?on the offensive,? with ?us saying that you should be eating potatoes,? he said. The push will encourage consumers ? who sometimes use the term ?couch potato? now ? to focus on potatoes? nutritional properties and think of spuds as a ?performance vegetable,? Richardson said.
2/25/2018

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Safe and sound: Arctic seed vault ?key to future global crops?

A special vault has been built in the Arctic to store thousands of seeds as scientists fear the impact of climate change and prolonged conflicts could have devastating consequences on food crops around the world. The Global Seed Vault has been built inside a mountain, near the town of Longyearbyen on the remote Svalbard Islands. It stores thousands of sample seeds from dozens of different countries. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the largest collection of agricultural biodiversity in the world.
2/25/2018

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Outside the box: Organic potato and veggie chips startup Chipsbox goes entirely green

German organic potato and veggie chip snack producer Chipsbox has swapped out its plastic packaging for a biodegradable option to further cement its sustainable and natural stance. According to founder and MD Erol Kaynak, Chipsbox is the only brand of potato chips in Germany to have made the switch from plastic to biodegradable packaging. Last year, the brand bagged a coveted spot amongst the top three innovations in the ISM New Product Showcase for its novel snack combos that are air-dried, not fried. The added advantage now is the elimination of plastic.
2/25/2018

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Fake scare: Your french fries may not be so deadly after all!

On June 13, 2017, AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) released an article titled ?Your Fries May Be Deadly,? by Cheryl Bond-Nelms, stating that a recent study links frequent consumption of french fries to a higher mortality risk. The study, which analyzed the dietary habits of 4,400 people, ages 45 to 79, focused on how often participants ate potatoes, fried or not. But, as Joe Kertzman, managing editor of Badger Common?Tater magazine in Wisconsin points out in an article published this month, several sources have taken issue with the article and the original study itself, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
2/25/2018

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Slippery character: The potato disease that evades consistent control

?Common scab is notoriously difficult to consistently manage with chemical or biological treatments ? varietal resistance needs to be a fundamental strategy in building an integrated management approach for successful control,? dr Amanda Gevens told a gathering of industry people who attended the Potato Session at the International Crop Expo in Grand Forks, North Dakota yesterday. Dr Gevens is Associate Professor & Extension Specialist in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2/24/2018

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Eyes in the Sky: ARS scientist on the use of UAV?s for potato research

In this video, Shelley Jansky, USDA ARS research geneticist and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses how she is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles in her research. She says there are many directions that researchers can go with UAV;s, although they need first of all learn to use them efficiently and effectively. The main use for her right now is with a visible light camera, monitoring crop development in plots during the season to see if there are differences related to several aspects such as nutrient stress, or perhaps water stress and heat stress.
2/24/2018

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US potato exports set record in 2017

Global sales of U.S. potatoes hit a record high in 2017. U.S. potato and potato product exports grew 4.58% in volume and 4.63% in value in 2017 compared to 2016, according to Potatoes USA. Fresh potato exports were up 6% in 2017 while frozen and chip exports up 1%, according to a news release. Exports of all U.S. potatoes and potato products reached a record $1.76 billion for the July 2016-June 2017 marketing year
2/24/2018

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The takeaway from Ireland?s National Potato Conference

The 2018 National Potato Conference, organised by IFA in association with Bord Bia and Teagasc took place in Dublin, the 20th of March. Here are some of the things participants said they learned on the day. The Potato Promotion Campaign, running since 2015, is working ? Irish potato sales are at their highest level in the last 10 years. When potatoes are included in the basket, grocery trips are worth ?27.90 more than the average shop.
2/23/2018

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Courting consumers: Albert Heijn promotes fresh potatoes with new products and packaging

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has introduced a new in-store layout for its potato section, as well as new products, packaging, and detailed information cards ? all in a bid to promote the sale of fresh potatoes. The retail group says that Dutch consumers eat potatoes three to four times a week on average, and are always looking for new ways to prepare and cook them.
2/23/2018

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Andean potatoes take the world stage, but tough times lie ahead

For the first time in its history, the World Potato Congress will take place in Latin America, the ?birthplace? of the potato. From May 27 to 31 of this year, hundreds of people from around the world will descend on Cusco, Peru, to attend the 10th annual event, organized by the not-for-profit World Potato Congress Inc. It?s timely, really, that the World Potato Congress is meeting in this part of the world at this time.
2/23/2018

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The Canadian grower who produces organic potatoes on a commercial scale

Organic potato production on a commercial scale is a challenge, but one Canadian grower in the province of Ontario is meeting it. Isaiah Swidersky offers a careful answer when asked if organic potato production is a risk worth taking. ?To some degree it is, but there?s a reason I haven?t expanded it to 200 or 300 acres,? Swidersky says. ?It?s a challenge to grow organic potatoes. But I?m optimistic. It?s a good challenge.?
2/22/2018

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Irish Farmers Association: ?Potato growers get less than 20% of the price consumers pay for spuds?

Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin heard. Speaking at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy outlined how retailers are taking the lion?s share of the margin on potatoes, while farmers bear all of the risk. The conference organised by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) in association with Bord Bia and Teagasc, heard that pre-pack potatoes are retailing at up to ?1,400 per tonne while growers receive less than one-fifth of that.
2/22/2018

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Promotional success story: Potatoes are bought once every second in Irish retailers

Speaking at the National Potato Conference 2018 in Dublin, Lorcan Bourke, Fresh Produce and Potato Sector Manager of Bord Bia said that a ?1 million EU-funded promotional campaign, managed by Bord Bia, had significantly helped to promote the sector in recent years. The figures show potato sales are at their highest level in the last 10 years, with ?195m worth of potatoes sold last year, and a 20% increase in potato sales volume since 2013. Research shows potatoes are bought once every second in Irish retailers.
2/22/2018

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Tomato-potato psyllid: Tough times for Western Australian spud growers

West Australian potato growers are still counting the cost of losing market access to the eastern states a year after the tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) outbreak near Perth. Peak bodies are concerned the restrictions were too harsh, as the associated candidatus liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) bacterium, which TPP can be a vector for, has still not been found. Potato Growers Association chief executive Simon Moltoni said it had been a ?devastating? year for farmers
2/22/2018

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Hot arrival: Lamb Weston introduces ?Crispy on Delivery? fries

Lamb Weston introduces a solution for fries that arrive hot and crispy via home delivery ? new Crispy on Delivery is a comprehensive solution that goes from store to door. Crispy on Delivery fries maintain heat and crispiness for thirty minutes, while traditional fries start to lose their appeal after only five minutes. New Crispy on Delivery started with extensive research focused on customer satisfaction for home fry delivery. Lamb Weston identified three key areas that can impact delivered fry quality ? the product, the packaging and best practices for delivery from store to door.
2/21/2018

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?Rooted apical cuttings?: Promising technology with potential to boost quality potato seed production

Seed potato farmers in Kenya?s potato growing regions are adopting promising technology with potential to boost quality seed availability. The farmers are using rooted apical cuttings as starter material for seed production as opposed to certified seed. The cuttings technology has been introduced in Kenya by the International Potato Center (CIP) under a programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
2/21/2018

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US: Impact of CIPC use under review by the EPA

As a part of a Registration Review process, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in the US is reviewing the data associated with the use of Chlorpropham (CIPC) ? the major sprout inhibitor used in the potato industry. The Task Force representing the companies that manufacture and sell CIPC are actively working with EPA to provide any additional data to support the continued registration of this important compound. The output of the models used by EPA to evaluate any potential impacts of the use of CIPC on applicators, the environment or human health, depends on the accuracy of the assumptions about use patterns.
2/20/2018

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Welsh potato growers unite to tackle wireworm

Over 40 potato growers and agronomists met at AHDB Potatoes? Welsh Potato Day near Haverfordwest on 2 February to exchange technical knowledge aimed at producing the perfect crop. Pembrokeshire is renowned nationally for producing high-quality potatoes using an eco-friendly farming system, where potatoes are usually grown in rotation with grassland. This method has many benefits including maintaining healthy and nutritious soil, but the grassland is attractive to wireworm, a pest that causes damage to potato crops.
2/20/2018

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Irish Farmers Association: ?Potato growers get less than one-fifth of the price consumers pay for spuds?

Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin today heard. Speaking at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy outlined how retailers are taking the lion?s share of the margin on potatoes, while farmers bear all of the risk. The conference organised by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) in association with Bord Bia and Teagasc, heard that pre-pack potatoes are retailing at up to ?1,400 per tonne while growers receive less than one-fifth of that.
2/20/2018

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Potatoes gain credibility for performance of Olympic athletes

Potatoes as a performance food are gaining notoriety during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, with the newly released Olympian Menu and announcement that performance nutrition is now a critical part of athletes? strategy to win. The PyeongChang 2018 athlete?s village kitchen has 180 chefs serving 7,000 meals a day at its peak, and two senior sports nutritionists appointed to the United States Olympic Committee. Team USA shipped 85 pallets of food and equipment, including potatoes, to ensure athletes had exactly what they needed for fuel at all times.
2/20/2018

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Report: Global Potato Chips Market Forecast to 2022

The research study on the Global Potato Chips Market organizes the overall perspective of the Potato Chips industry. This incorporates upcoming flow of the Potato Chips market together with an extensive analysis of recent industry statistics. It describes the Potato Chips market size as well as factors controlling market growth. Likewise, the report explains various challenges which affect the Potato Chips market expansion. The report reviews economic prominence of the Potato Chips industry around the globe.
2/19/2018

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?Potato industry needs to present itself more confidently to consumers?, attendees at German event were told

On 6 February, the German Potato Trade Association welcomed around 500 guests from 16 countries to the traditional International Berlin Potato Evening. In his opening speech, DKHV President Thomas Herkenrath called for more attention to discussions on food and agriculture. ?Potatoes are an important staple food and can best meet the high ethical demands of consumers and their desire for a healthy diet in cultivation, processing and distribution. The potato industry only has to present itself more self-confidently to the public in order to be perceived more positively by the consumer.
2/19/2018

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Chep pooled pallets gives Albert Bartlett environmental edge

Leading potato supplier, Albert Bartlett, is enjoying significant environmental savings within its supply chain thanks to the use of Chep?s pooled pallets. The Scottish potato company supplies own label and branded lines of potatoes to retail, wholesale, food service and processing customers, and recently signed a three-year contract renewal with Chep, an international company dealing in pallet and container pooling services.
2/18/2018

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Grower Webinar: Experts share crop nutrition tips for quality potato production

This free webinar with Scott Stuntz, managing editor of Spudman magazine, features YARA?s potato crop manager in North America, Jimmy Ridgway, and the director of agronomic services at YARA in North America, Dr. Steve Petrie. Petrie and Ridgway share insights from extensive crop nutrition research and trials done over the years by YARA. They also discuss technology, tools and services to provide growers with practical guidelines related to potato crop nutrition. Just access this page in your browser and then complete a simple registration form to join the hour long presentation on ReadyTalk.
2/18/2018

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Upcoming potato Conference in Canada to focus on several production issues

The 2018 Ontario Potato Conference & Trade Show in Canada will be held on March 6 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Center in Guelph. Several topics related to potato production issues important to growers will be on the agenda, and attendees will be addressed by several experts in Canada, the US as well as the United Kingdom. Some of the topics include seed performance, late blight fungicides, latest on blackleg research, common scab control, Zebra chip, and Dicamba drift ( said to be a new danger for potato growers).
2/18/2018

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Potato growers rejoice as Indonesia extends Australian seed potato access

The Indonesian market beckons for Australian seed potato farmers, after market access to the South East Asian nation was extended. The deal paves the way for suppliers from Victoria and South Australia to commence trade immediately. ?This is a fantastic result for farmers in these two states ? as major seed potato producers ? and builds on current seed potato access for Western Australia,? explained Australian minister for agriculture and water resources, David Littleproud.
2/18/2018

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Simplot announces $460 million expansion of Canadian based operations

The Manitoba government and J.R. Simplot Company announced a major investment and expansion in the company?s Manitoba-based operations near Portage la Prairie. Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler were joined by ‎Mark McKellar from ‎Simplot to make the announcement.
2/15/2018

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New fungicide offers 10 day persistence for potato growers fighting blight

Brand new chemistry to tackle foliar and stem blight in UK and Irish potato crops has been approved. A fungicide called Zorvec Enicade made by DowDuPont has shown strong performance in domestic trials and has delivered robust control across three continents where it is already available to growers. The product delivers 10-day persistence following application, which is three days more than current practice permits with other blight fungicides.
2/15/2018

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Australia: Turning potatoes into a convenience food

When consumers started to look for more convenient foods traditional staples such as potatoes became less popular. The pasta and rice marketers designed attractive packaging and sold the products well, while the humble potato didn?t really change at all and started to lose market share. ?People began to overlook the potato and forget how versatile it really it is,? explains Susie Daly, potato producer from Daly Potatoes, Tasmania.
2/14/2018

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British potato growers provided with improved tools to tackle PCN

The findings from on-farm trials could help combat a deadly potato disease that causes around 26 million worth of damage to crops in the UK each year. According to demonstrations carried out by AHDB Potatoes and Harper Adams University, the use of fluopyram, previously used as a fungicide, as a nematicide provided a yield increase to a range of potato varieties at a farm with very high levels of Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN).
2/14/2018

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US: Two potato power houses join forces

Farm Fresh Direct (Monte Vista, CO) and Cal-Ore Produce (Tulelake, CA) have announced they are joining forces to continue to increase both their organic and conventional programs. Farm Fresh will act as the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Cal-Ore and will service the U.S. with cost effective, one-stop shopping solutions, they said. Acording to Jamey Higham, president and CEO of Farm Fresh Direct.
2/14/2018

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Europe: Potato DNA markers could keep potatoes in storage fresher for longer

EU-funded scientists have discovered genetic markers that could allow potatoes to be selected for their ability to be stored at low temperatures, keeping them fresh and avoiding the use of anti-sprouting chemicals. Potatoes used for crisps and chips are usually stored at eight degrees ? a temperature high enough to prevent starch from breaking down into glucose and fructose. To slow sprouting, potato producers often use a suppressant like chlorpropham, a chemical the EU is looking to phase out due to health concerns.
2/14/2018

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Albert Bartlett potato producer receives 4m Scottish Government grant

UK-based potato producer Albert Bartlett has received a 4 million grant from the Scottish Government, which the brand will use to expand its product range and manufacturing capacity. Albert Bartlett has stated that the grant will contribute towards a 17 million investment scheme, which will see the brand install new production equipment at the Firm?s Airdrie plant, facilitating the production of new product lines for the convenience and chilled potato markets.
2/13/2018

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US: Potatoes, politics kick off conference

A year after predicting how the new Trump Administration might affect agriculture, National Potato Council Executive Vice President John Keeling was back to give an update on politics and agriculture during the first day of the 2018 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference and Trade Fair on Tuesday in Monte Vista. Keeling said he had anticipated that President Donald Trump might act differently once he was in office, but he said on Tuesday, ?I haven?t seen anything different. He is who he is.?
2/13/2018

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Potato range a nod to growing convenience sector

The rise in the popularity of convenient and easy to prepare produce items continues to make its presence felt in supermarkets. One potato producer has recognized this trend and has created a number of products to cover almost every aspect of preparing potatoes. Fresh Solutions Network, its members based across the US, created what they have named the ?Side Delights? convenience range and potato kits.
2/13/2018

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Forecasting tool named Product of the Year

Real-time ag technologies are here and now, and one of those is the R7 Field Forecasting Tool from WinField United in the US. ?The R7 Field Forecasting Tool uses high-powered modeling for more precise and efficient management of nitrogen, potassium and water and brings that together with the on-the-ground knowledge of the ag retailer,? says Joel Wipperfurth with WinField United. He says 2017 was the pilot year for the R7 FFT.
2/8/2018

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New ?lady-friendly? crisps go down like a sack of potatoes?

Doritos has announced plans to create new, quieter crisps especially for women, that will be downsized in order to fit neatly into our handbags. The mind-boggling ?lady-friendly? creation, dubbed ?Lady Doritos? on social media, is apparently the product of consumer research conducted by PepsiCo, the parent company of Doritos. Speaking to Freakonomics Radio, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said women ?don?t like to crunch too loudly in public? or ?lick their fingers generously...
2/8/2018

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