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New Report: Global market for potato harvesters expected to grow significantly

A report on the global outlook for the Potato Harvester Market sector, ?Worldwide Potato Harvester Market, 2016 ? 2022?, was recently published by AcuteMarketReports.com. According to the authors of the Report, the global market for potato harvesters is expected to witness a significant growth throughout the forecast period until 2022. They say that potato farmers around the world are constantly looking for more advanced solutions in order to improve farm productivity and profit margins. This trend has increased the global demand for potato harvesters during the last few years, particularly in India and China.
8/12/2017

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US-Mexico Potato Trade Issue: Spanish press reports sharp hike in Mexican fresh potato prices after announcement of import ban

The Spanish language potato news website Argenpapa reports that potato retailers are experiencing a sharp rise in the price of fresh potatoes in certain areas of Mexico, especially in Tamaulipas, a state in the northeast of Mexico, bordering the US. Some traders report a hike as much as 100%. Juan Antonio Lpez, owner of a local fruit and vegetable market in Tamaulipas, told Argenpapa yesterday that his wholesale supplier informed him of a rise in price for his next order ? this came almost immediately after the court decision of a ban on imported US potatoes became known last week.
8/11/2017

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Potato bound polyphenols: A novel delivery method for gut health?

The ability of polyphenols to bind with different types of potato cells may provide a new means of delivering them to the gut, say researchers. When potato cells were treated with solutions of phenolic compounds, binding occurred between them, revealed researchers from Queensland University and the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, Valencia. A vast increase in the binding interaction between the polysaccharides in the potatoes and three different polyphenols was seen when using cooked potato cells. However, significant binding also occurred in raw cells.
8/11/2017

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Scottish potato seed exporters set to increase tonnage to Brazil and Kenya

Government representatives from Scotland and Brazil met in July to simplify the import classification requirements for seed potatoes. The game-changing meeting was organised and funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Brazil produces circa 3.6m tonnes of potatoes a year according to UN figures, however in terms of productivity yields are only two thirds of what is achieved by UK growers. Rob Burns, Head of Crops Export Market Development at AHDB said: ?British seed potatoes are rightly renowned across the world. Not only for high health and high quality, but also for diversity, we have a great range of varieties which thrive in a range of conditions, be it damper cooler climates such as the UK, or warmer environments.?
8/11/2017

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US: Traceability products to help you track produce

One way to ease the process of a food safety recall is by having detailed records of where each crop has been and who has touched it. In this article published by Growing Produce, some traceability products using the latest technology are featured. Food Origins offers precision harvest data in real time that can be captured with a handheld device in the field. iFood Decision Sciences? Toolbox makes data collection and analysis easier for growers, harvesters, shippers, packers, third-party suppliers, and processors. Inteligistics offers temperature monitoring, humidity visibility, and product tracking.
8/10/2017

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Why some of the most dangerous potato diseases are successful

All but a few of the plants and animals we?re familiar with have one thing in common: they require oxygen in the atmosphere (or the water) to exist. We refer to these oxygen-dependent lifeforms as being ?aerobic.? Less familiar are lifeforms that cannot grow in the presence of oxygen. Referred to as ?anaerobic,? most of these organisms are bacteria, though a few rare, multi-cellular forms do exist. There is also a group of organisms that straddle the fence and are able to live in the presence or absence of oxygen, their metabolism converting to some form of fermentation under low oxygen conditions. We refer to these types as ?facultative anaerobes.?
8/10/2017

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?The Little Potato Company that could?? ? Canadian specialty company opens first U.S. potato-processing facility

Many parents might recall reading a book to their children called ?The Little Engine that Could,? sometimes over and over again. It?s a story of a small train that tries its best to bring toys to children on the other side of a hill. The story of The Little Potato Company is somewhat like that? Angela Santiago, the company?s co-founder and chief executive officer, and her father and co-founder, Jacob (Jake) van der Schaaf, were told more than once that no one would want the small potatoes they were hoping to market, but that didn?t stop them from pursuing their dream.
8/10/2017

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Nielsen research confirms that microwaveable category is strong and leading US brand is outpacing competition

A recent study on the microwaveable/steamable fresh potato segment conducted by Nielsen FreshFacts highlights the continuing positive performance of this segment led by Side Delights Steamables? ? which accounts for more than half of all dollar sales in the category. Potatoes still lead as the #1 ranked vegetable based on volume sales, and the microwavable/steamable potato segment growth trend continues ? up 12.6% in volume sales and up 28.4% in dollar sales versus last year.
8/10/2017

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Acrylamide: Save our fries! Belgians say EU spares national dish

According to a Reuters report, Belgium?s national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls ?French fries?, has been saved. So, at least, the national government said last week as the European Union agreed to amend food safety rules aimed at curbing cancer. Belgium?s farm minister claimed the EU will now spare the nation?s ?friteries? from having to change traditional preparation methods. ?The Belgian fry is saved! Europe has listened to Belgium,? Agriculture Minister Willy Borsus said in a statement.
8/10/2017

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Potato fertilization on irrigated soils

Optimum potato growth and profitable production depend on many management factors, one of which is ensuring a sufficient supply of nutrients. There are 14 soil-derived elements or nutrients considered to be essential for growth of plants. When the supply of nutrients from the soil is not adequate to meet the demands for growth, fertilizer application becomes necessary. Potatoes have a shallow root system and a relatively high demand for many nutrients. Therefore, a comprehensive nutrient management program is essential for maintaining a healthy potato crop, optimizing tuber yield and quality, and minimizing undesirable impacts on the environment.
8/7/2017

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US: Newly-signed Wisconsin state laws require growers to use certified seed potatoes, speed response to disease

Some Wisconsin potato growers are applauding new state laws that could help protect against crop disease. Gov. Scott Walker signed two new measures involving the potato industry on Wednesday. One law requires growers to use certified seed potatoes if planting 5 or more acres. ?It?s a requirement that just about every one of the other seed states in the country that grow seed potatoes already have,? said Alex Crockford, director of the Wisconsin Seed Certification Program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program certifies that seed potatoes grown in the state are free of damaging levels of viruses or diseases.
8/7/2017

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UK: James Hutton Institute to host next ?Potatoes in Practice? extravaganza

The UK?s leading potato field event, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), will take place at the James Hutton Institute?s Balruddery Farm near Dundee next week. Plant health officials, agronomists, scientists, machinery companies, trade and marketing organisations will have stands and the latest science, technology and practical advice will be on offer for growers, seed breeders and exporters. The packed one-day programme on Thursday August 10 takes the form of a full day of agronomy and variety demonstration plots with guided tours, a technical seminar programme, research and trade stands together with static and working machinery displays.
8/7/2017

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The ban on importation of US potatoes into Mexico as explained in article published in the Spanish ag press

The decision by a judge in Mexico a few days ago to prohibit the importation of potatoes from the US received intense attention in ag circles in both countries, and beyond. A news story about this issue was published on the Spanish ag news website ARGENPAPA (based in Argentina). The article is entitled ?Mxico: Por qu Sagarpa prohibi la importacin de papa?? ? it was published online by ARGENPAPA yesterday, August 5.
8/7/2017

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Australia: Persistence pays off for Tasmanian seed-potato producer Agronico

Nothing happens quickly in the seed-potato business, but persistence has paid off for Agronico owner Julian Shaw. Mr Shaw, who describes himself as a mad scientist, started the business in 1985. Back then Agronico was focused more on production agronomy in crops such as onions but over time his interest in seed-potato production grew. Nowadays Agronico is one of the country?s biggest seed-potato producers ? about 10,000 tonnes a year ? and the only one using hydroponic mini tuber production.
8/6/2017

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Mexican court bans US potato imports over ?food sovereignty? and spread of diseases

According to an Associated Press (AP) news report, a Mexican federal court has made an unusual ruling yesterday that bans the import of US potatoes on the grounds that the imports ?violate Mexicans? right to food sovereignty and a healthy environment?. A group of Mexican potato growers had reportedly sought a constitutional injunction on the imports, claiming that any imports will result in the spread of agricultural diseases within Mexico?s borders. The court further said Mexican agricultural authorities had failed to use sufficient methods such as radiation treatment of imports to prevent disease spread. But because federal injunctions are intended only to protect constitutional rights, the ruling had to break some new ground.
8/6/2017

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Potato growth and irrigation scheduling

All plants vary in their water requirements according to their size and growth stage as well as the length of their maturity and time of year of maximum growth. Possibly no other major crop varies more in its sensitivity to water stress based on growth stage than potato. In this insightful article, written by potato specialists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, irrigation recommendations at key production periods are discussed (based on the S-shaped growth curves of roots, vines and tubers); and quality effects of water deficit and excess during different growth stages of a typical potato crop are described.
8/5/2017

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Canada: Latest information released from potato pest monitoring program

A Canadian monitoring program for potato pests has proven very valuable and offered good news for potato growers. The program began in 2013 in cooperation with Scott Meers, an insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. University of Lethbridge bio-geography professor Dr. Dan Johnson and his team have been monitoring Prairie potato fields for the past few years, looking for evidence of the potato psyllid insect and a bacterium it can carry that can lead to zebra chip disease in potato crops.
8/5/2017

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Canadian officials approve Simplot?s second generation GMO potatoes

Associated Press reports that three types of potatoes genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot to resist late blight are deemed safe for the environment and safe to eat, according to Canadian officials ? who confirmed the approval of these potatoes on Thursday. The official approval by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency means the Simplot potatoes can be imported, planted and sold in Canada. The company said it received approval letters from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the last several days. Health Canada spokeswoman Renelle Briand confirmed the approvals to The Associated Press on Thursday.
8/4/2017

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US: National Potato Council warns of ?serious threat to the industry? if potatoes are imported from the UK

Last week, the National Potato Council (NPC) in the US provided comments to USDA APHIS on the recent pest risk assessment for the importation of potatoes from the United Kingdom to the US. NPC emphasized concern over six pests that would threaten the industry. The introduction of these pests into the US would ?substantially harm US potato production and could cost the industry tens of millions in lost export revenue?, the NPC warns.
8/4/2017

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New webcast explores migration research of zebra chip-carrying potato psyllids

Potato growers in the US looking to reduce the likelihood of a zebra chip disease outbreak have been forced to rely on calendar-based insecticide applications due to the unpredictable arrival of disease-carrying potato psyllids. Providing information about vector migration and overwintering habits is a new educational presentation from the Plant Management Network titled ?What Is the Source of Potato Psyllids Colonizing Potato Fields in the Pacific Northwest?? now available in the Focus on Potato resource for growers, crop consultants, and Extension agents.
8/4/2017

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How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism in Great Britain

Many Britons are troubled by reports that as a nation their fondness for sugar and disdain for exercise will eventually bankrupt the NHS. We agree that our poor dietary choices affect everyone, but at the same time we?re certain that we have a right to eat what we want. The story about how Britons started to think this way about food is closely linked to the rise of the potato as a national starch. Britain?s love for the potato is bound up with notions of the utilitarian value of a good diet and how a healthy citizenry is the engine room of a strong economy.
8/4/2017

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Potatoes USA Chairman shares vision for industry?s future

At the 2017 Potatoes USA annual meeting, Black Gold Farms COO John Halverson was nominated as chairman. He has been a board member of Potatoes USA, formerly known as the United States Potato Board, since March 2012, representing Missouri. ?I have a passion for potatoes,? Halverson said. ?It is what my family has done for generations, and we all love it with a passion. My brother, Eric, and sister, Leah, and I are fourth generation farmers in our business, which dates back to 1928 in the Red River Valley of North Dakota.?
8/3/2017

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UK: Inside Walkers ? the biggest crisp factory in the world

This is the seldom-told story of ?The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World?; a vast grey building in Leicester in the UK. This is where seven million bags of crisps are made every day. The factory ? you smell it before you see it; a heady whiff of fried potatoes hangs over the 16-hectare site ? is the envy of the crisp-making world. They come here, crisp-makers from America, Europe, all corners of the savoury snack-loving globe, to see how Walkers do it. The site, bought by the company in 1982 to prepare for a predicted rise in demand, has put Leicester on the map, not just in the UK, but also around the world.
8/3/2017

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Managing soil health in potatoes

As the experts point out, potato production disrupts the soil in a very aggressive way. The tubers not only need to be dug up for harvest, there are also numerous planting and hilling procedures as well as chemical applications during the growing season. All this plowing, tilling and heavy equipment use has a profound effect on the stability and health of the soil. Spud Smart asked three experts in Canada to talk about important soil practices and how they can increase the soil?s capacity for potato production.
8/3/2017

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Large-scale potato industry event takes root in Scotland

A one-day technical potato industry event scheduled for next week will see growers, seed breeders, plant health officials, agronomists and scientists come together to discuss the key challenges and opportunities in the sector. Potatoes in Practice 2017 (PiP) ? held on Thursday August 10, at the James Hutton Institute?s Balruddery Farm near Dundee ? is described as the largest event of its kind in the UK.
8/2/2017

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Colorado potato crop looks good, but demand could use boost

The Colorado potato crop looks excellent, but prices are stagnant, raising hopes that the Trump administration?s much-discussed renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will make headway in opening greater access to the Mexican market. ?It?s an opportunity to see our issues addressed,? said Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, during a visit to his office in Monte Vista. ?The Mexican market holds a lot of promise for us.?
8/2/2017

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McCain Foods appoints Max Koeune as new CEO

Potato products manufacturer McCain Foods has announced that it is appointing Max Koeune to the role of president and CEO, effective 1 November 2017. Koeune joined McCain as chief financial officer in 2017, and the company says that he has played a lead role in the development and delivery of a ?very successful global growth and transformation strategy?. ?McCain Foods? performance has gone from strength to strength in recent years,? said Koeune.
8/2/2017

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The Farm Where Cows Munch on Potato Chips

IN 1983, JIM HERR, the owner of Herr Food Inc., most famous for its eponymous line of potato chips, had a problem to solve. The state of Pennsylvania was beginning to tighten enforcement of waste-disposal regulations, and Herr found himself with no way to dispose of thousands of pounds of potato chips, pretzels, and cheese curls. So Herr bought a farm, and 300 cows, and let them snack away?though he did work with a nutritionist to determine the best mix of chips, grass, and other feed.
8/1/2017

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Lamb Weston reports increased sales, earnings in first fiscal year since spinning off from ConAgra

The Lamb Weston frozen potato business closed out its first fiscal year as an independent business saying it exceeded its financial goals. The results were a ?strong foundation for sustainable growth as an independent company,? said Tom Werner, the company?s president and chief executive officer. In a November 2016 spinoff deal, shareholders of the former ConAgra Foods received shares of both Lamb Weston and the new Conagra Brands. Conagra shed the frozen potato business to concentrate on branded grocery foods sold at retail stores. Lamb Weston, now headquartered in Idaho, on Tuesday reported a 6 percent increase in sales for the 2017 fiscal year ending May 28, to $3.2 billion, and net income for the year of $326.9 million.
8/1/2017

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India: Struggling with low prices, demand, farmers to sell potatoes directly to homes

Suffering significant losses due to low market prices and lack of demand, potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh have come up with a new strategy. They will now be going from door to door, selling their produce in urban areas. The move is also aimed at working around the monopoly of middlemen over market prices, they said. ?At present we are selling potatoes at Rs 4 to 5 per kg, but consumers are buying them at Rs 15 to 20 per kg. Now we will sell our produce directly to households, at rates lower than what is prevailing in the market. We will sell in packets of 5 to 10kg in urban areas,? a farmer from Khandoli block said.
8/1/2017

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Potato research grant announced for Colorado State

Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the integration of new technologies to manage potato pathogens in North American potato crops. ?Congratulations to Colorado State on receiving this grant to improve the treatment and management of potato pathogens,? Bennet said. ?Potatoes are a critical part of our agricultural economy in Colorado. This grant is an investment in research that will assist potato growers across the country and protect future potato production?
8/1/2017

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Australia: Agronico opens new purpose-built coolstore for seed potato storage in Tasmania

The new coolstore at Spreyton can store up to 8000 tonnes of seed potatoes and has the potential to service Australia?s seed potato needs, Agronico believes. Agronico chief executive Robert Graham said the purpose-built facility will benefit Tasmanian potato farmers because it will improve the viability of their produce. ?We believe there?s a big opportunity for seed potatoes in Tasmania. We think farmers should capitalise on that,? Mr Graham said. ?We should produce seed potatoes for all of Australia because we can produce such good quality seed. High quality seed is vital for high yield and, therefore, valuable for our farmers,? he said.
8/1/2017

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Tummers keeps developing its potato processing equipment

As the people are the heart of Tummers, R&D is the backbone. Tummers is continuously working on improving their machinery, the process, service or other aspects to apply to the demands of the market, within the Tummers Group. Tummers is not improving just to improve, but improving based on feedback from its customers. Once in a while this contains a drastic development like the ZicZac brusher, Switcher, Autotrax or washer/destoner, but mostly this contains subtle improvements on already existing processes or machinery.
8/1/2017

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?It?s shaping up to be a good year? for Washington State potatoes

Last winter?s heavy snowfall and a wet 2017 spring put Washington potato growers in the fields later than the 2016 season, but reports from the Washington State Potato Commission indicate a good crop is coming in. Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake, WA-headquartered organization, told The Produce News on July 25 all signs are positive. ?We planted later than the past couple of years due to a wetter spring, but most folks are saying that the last two years were exceptions and this year was a shift back to normal,? Voigt said.
8/1/2017

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US: Potato farm tour highlights biological diversity

In the heart of prime potato growing country, one San Luis Valley farm has such a worldwide reputation for soil health innovation that a recent field day attracted guests from Canada, France and Sweden in addition to the surrounding area. Rockey Farms, located a mile north of Center, is a multigenerational operation run by Brendon Rockey, a soil health pioneer who presents talks all over the world, and his brother Sheldon, who oversees distribution and marketing. When they opened the farm to several dozen visitors in mid-July, the resulting gathering was as diverse as the colorful mix of plants that blossomed in the surrounding fields. The farm?s main business is growing certified seed potatoes, with an emphasis on unique varieties prized by farmers market growers.
8/1/2017

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McCain?s latest Canadian investment takes the company?s capacity spend to over $1 billion

McCain Foods Limited has announced plans to expand its capacity at its plant in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada. This investment will bring additional production capacity to the french fry manufacturing facility, helping to meet continued strong demand for McCain products in the company?s domestic and international markets. The expansion is expected to be completed by autumn 2017 and is part of an ongoing global capacity investment program that the company has in place.
7/25/2017

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Potatoes seen as healthy product in Sweden

Although some regions were affected more than others, Lars Elofson from Svensk Potatis in Sweden says that overall there was not too much damage to the potato crop from the cold weather during April/May. The potatoes are in good condition and with the current weather conditions, growers don?t expect any issues this season. ?Organic production continues to increase in Sweden, and I suspect it will increase by around 3-5% this season,? said Lars.
7/25/2017

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Belgium: 'Normal harvest of storage potatoes possible, despite drought'

The early potato harvest suffered most from the drought. There was talk of a loss of 15 million Euro a month ago. There is no new figure at this time. ?The potatoes that were in sandy ground have certainly been damaged,? says Romain Cools of Belgapom. Sources estimate a loss of a quarter of the yield. He continues: ?Thankfully it rained a little in the last two weeks. Test harvests show that up to 10 tonnes per hectare has been added in recent weeks. This is somewhat positive news.
7/24/2017

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Kettle launches a new premium chips range in the United Kingdom: ?Discoveries?

KETTLE is pleased to announce the launch of Discoveries, an exciting new sharing range featuring unique flavour combinations, designed to target the growing couples night in occasion. Inspired by food from near & far, and brought to life by our chef, the innovative seasonings are all gluten free and combine authentic food ingredients with hand cooked potato chips.
7/24/2017

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Dutch potato sector accesses Argentinian market

After years of negotiations, the Argentinian border was recently opened for Dutch baby potatoes. The export of in-vitro propagated potato plants to the South American country is also now allowed. The Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) are calling this a breakthrough of great importance for the Dutch potato sector. The NAO is the branch organisation of potato traders, farmers and processors. Karst Weening of the NAO represented the organisation in the talks with Argentina.
7/24/2017

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Applied research: Method to hit the bull?s eye on crop nutrient requirements

Researchers from Aarhus University have developed a method to match crop nitrogen requirements more precisely than ever before. The method can reduce agricultural nitrogen emissions and simultaneously optimise yield. Neither too much nor too little is often the best way to go. This is also the case with regard to nitrogen fertilisation of crops ? but how can you know exactly how much nitrogen a crop needs at a given growth stage in order to maximise yield?
7/23/2017

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British Potato Industry Award nominations now open

Nominations for the coveted ?British Potato Industry Award? and ?AHDB Above and Beyond Award? are now open. The British Potato Industry Awards celebrates the recognition of those who have contributed a significant service to the industry over a considerable period-of-time. The AHDB Above and Beyond award is presented to an exceptional performer or to an individual who has made a significant achievement over the last five years. The Chair of AHDB Potatoes opened nominations in June praising the passionate and dedicated individuals in the sector.
7/22/2017

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McDonald?s takes on the fast-food dead zone

To lure more mid-afternoon customers, McDonald?s Corp. is rejecting its recent health-food kick and rolling out the sweets: croissants, muffin tops and a new sundae-topping station for ice cream lovers. The challenge is daunting. The hours between lunch and dinner are a fast-food dead zone. Only about 5 percent of McDonald?s customers show up at non-meal times such as 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., according to Peter Saleh, an analyst with BTIG in New York.
7/22/2017

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NZ: Mesh cheaper than chemicals in stopping potato psyllid

Scientist Dr Charles Merfield believes he has the answer to solving the problem of the potato psyllid, which costs growers about $10 million a year. Trials using mesh to cover the crops have shown an ?astonishing? reduction in numbers of the insect, which delivers a damaging bacterium to the plant and tubers, causing major production losses. Not only does the mesh ward off the insects, it is about $1000 per hectare cheaper than chemicals, and increases yields by 12 per cent, so that gross margin profit rose between 27 to 75 per cent.
7/21/2017

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Drones measure nitrogen application in potato farming

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands announced that the ?Toward precision agriculture 2.0? research program has included a group of potato farmers carrying out test runs with sensor observations by drones. The drone images show exactly where they should apply more or less nitrogen on their fields, allowing farmers to use the product more efficiently. Precision agriculture researcher Johan Booij from Wageningen University & Research explains how it works
7/21/2017

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US: National Potato Council?s 2017 Potato Statistical Yearbook can now be downloaded online

Download the Statistical Yearbook for 2017 (or read it online). The Yearbook is annually published by the National Potato Council (NPC). You will find overviews of national legislative, regulatory and marketing initiatives along with U.S. and world potato production and consumption data. Peruse the full list of NPC Ag-Vocates and discover progress made on key issues over the past year.
7/21/2017

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This is the little-known ingredient which makes McDonald?s fries so delicious

There?s been some recent confusion over what it is which makes McDonald?s fries so special. It turns out that some branches of McDonald?s are serving up fries with a little-known ingredient added to the mix: ?natural beef flavouring?. The beefy addition gives the fries an extra kick of flavour, but it means that they aren?t vegan, since the flavouring is actually made from milk. However, you won?t find this extra ingredient in every branch ? and you certainly won?t find it in any UK stores.
7/19/2017

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Nottingham University and Pipers Crisps develop science of crisps

Pipers Crisps, one of Britain?s best-known crisp brands, set out to understand more about the science behind their premium products and processes and they turned to food experts at the University of Nottingham. The partnership gave Pipers direct access to the Food Flavour and Sensory Science Laboratories in the School of Biosciences and the specialist knowledge of PhD student, now Dr. Deepa Agarwal ? an expert in food structure, flavor and product development.
7/19/2017

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Scottish potato growers continue to learn that ?less is more?

The ?less is more? lesson for tattie growers continues with the revelation that overall yields could be increased by reducing nitrogen top dressings by 25-30 kg a hectare. The message being given at the AHDB?s Strategic Potato open day at Meigle in Perthshire on fertiliser follows on from revelations earlier in the year from the project that by reducing tillage depth and doing away with the ?recreational pastime? of bed tillage, growers could save costs and increase overall yields and the weight of the crop which packed out.
7/19/2017

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US potato exports increased in May

U.S. exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes all increased in May 2017 compared to May 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The organization reports that exports of frozen products increased 4% in volume and value and remain up 3% for the July ? June marketing year. Dehy exports were up 19% in volume and 11% in value, but are still down 12% in volume for the marketing year. Fresh exports for May were up 9% in volume and 5% in value and are up 12% in volume for the year.
7/19/2017

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