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Blight research: GM potato, IPM can reduce environmental impact of potato production by over 95%

Researchers with Teagasc in Ireland have concluded their field study which investigated both the environmental and agronomic impact of a GM potato variety genetically engineered to resist late blight disease, caused by Phytophthora infestans. Potato late blight can rapidly destroy potato crops with growers commonly having to resort to spraying their crops with fungicides on a near weekly basis.
5/30/2018

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Detecting fungal pathogens: Idaho potato growers benefit from improved spore sampling technology

Potato growers in Idaho will now have the opportunity to learn about the presence of damaging fungal pathogens much earlier, thanks to the efforts of research staff at the University of Idaho. The research team, led by James Woodhall, have placed 14 spore samplers in potato fields across the Snake River Valley. Trials have been running for some time, and the first ?official? results will begin from this week, just in time for the potato season. ?The spore samplers collect air samples over 24 hours for a period of seven days,? Woodhall explained.
5/30/2018

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Spud celebration: Royal potato growers celebrate milestone anniversary

Jersey?s potato growers are celebrating a special anniversary this year to mark the moment an ingenious farmer turned a few misshapen potatoes into a premium British crop. This spring marks the 140th anniversary of Jersey Royal potatoes, an agricultural icon with a quintessentially Jersey heritage. It is the only stem vegetable in the British Isles with Protection Designation of Origin status, like Parma ham, champagne and the Cornish pasty.
5/30/2018

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Summer Toolbox for British potato growers: Resources available from AHDB Potatoes

?Things are really steaming ahead in many in parts of the country, and growers will be working fast to adapt to the various challenges of the season? said AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange Manager, Claire Hodge. The skilled team at AHDB Potatoes provides growers with a range of helpful resources to help them react to what?s coming down the line...
5/28/2018

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Packaging supplier Volm expands to Colorado potato area with Atech purchase

Packaging and equipment supplier Volm Cos. Inc. has acquired Atech Inc., Monte Vista Colo., focused on serving San Luis Valley potato grower-shippers. Atech has worked with Volm in the past, with the Colorado company representing the Volmpack line of equipment in a local sales and service role and distributing packaging for Volm in the area, Atech?s 7,200-square-foot warehouse will be occupied by Volm, and will serve companies in the San Luis Valley in Colorado and beyond.
5/27/2018

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Frito-Lay adds Bare Snacks to its healthy offerings

PepsiCo Inc. is buying a healthy snack company that will be overseen by its subsidiary Frito-Lay. New York-based Pepsi announced Friday is will acquire Bare Foods Co., which does business as Bare Snacks and makes baked fruit and vegetable snacks. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bare is expected to expand Frito-Lay?s portfolio of healthy options. According to a news release from Pepsi, it is the leader apple, banana and coconut snacks.
5/27/2018

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Canadian researchers exploring an environmentally friendly solution to potato early dying complex

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers in Fredericton are exploring environmentally friendly solutions to manage Potato Early Dying complex (PED), a disease that is limiting yields in many potato fields in eastern Canada. PED is a disease complex caused by a combination of a fungal disease (Verticillium wilt) and root-lesion nematodes. With few available treatments, a process called biofumigation is being used by some growers to manage PED. The process involves tilling mustard plants into the soil at a specific stage of growth with enough heat and moisture in the ground to induce a chemical breakdown of the plant material.
5/26/2018

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Grimme opens new ?13 million machinery factory in China

In front of guests and the staff of Grimme China, Franz, Christine and Christoph Grimme have opened a new manufacturing plant in Tianjin. According to the manufacturer, best known here in Ireland for its potato-related equipment, the new 12,500m facility is ?state-of-the-art?. Tianjin is located approximately 130km south-east of Beijing ? China?s massive capital city. The development includes a new 1,400m office building;
5/26/2018

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