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Italy: Frozen potatoes and veg performing well despite crisis

The Italian frozen potato and vegetable sectors have been performing well despite the consumption and price policy issues of the past five years. Between 2010 and 2015, the Italian ...
9/7/2016

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Governments of Manitoba and Canada invest in new potato, sweet potato and carrot research site

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba have invested more than $210,000 in a new vegetable research site near Winkler, in Manitoba. The research will be focused on improving yields, ...
9/7/2016

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Jerry Wright to retire from United Potato Growers of America

United Potato Growers of America President/CEO, Jerry Wright, announced his coming retirement at the August 23 Board of Directors meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jed Ellithorpe, current ...
9/7/2016

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Potatoes USA Summer Meeting shares successes

Potatoes USA held its Summer Meeting Aug. 10 in Seattle, Washington, home state of current chairman, Mike Pink. The meeting provided an opportunity for the staff to present the results ...
9/5/2016

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The Ethiopian highlands: fertile ground for seed potato production?

The Ethiopian highlands are densely populated and home to millions of smallholder farmers. The area is blessed with cool temperatures and high rainfall, which should make it fertile ...
9/5/2016

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How McCain Foods uses Big Data

Big data was something McCain Foods discovered by chance. In fact it was a concept its director of agronomy Dr. Yves Leclerc wasn?t even familiar with until about a year and a half ...
9/5/2016

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Germany: Use of composts made of biowaste and treated compost in organic potato production

This project, which will be conducted in Lower Saxony in Germany over two years, wants to develop recommendations for the application of composts in organic potato production. Bio-waste ...
9/5/2016

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U.S. potato exports up 6%

The value of U.S. potato exports grew 4% in the 12 months ending in June, and volumes increased 6%. Potatoes exported in the 12-month period were valued at $1.69 billion, the second-highest ...
9/5/2016

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Management of potato psyllids

Adult potato psyllids have been detected in some fields in western and south central North Dakota potatoes this season. This insect is mainly found in the Rocky Mountain states. Potato ...
9/2/2016

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Canada: Prince Edward Island scientists see potential for sorghum sudangrass as potato rotation crop

You may not have ever heard of sorghum sudangrass but if you live on Prince Edward Island, it could be coming soon to a potato field near you. A team of researchers with Agriculture ...
9/2/2016

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Canada: From plantlet to tuber: the story behind the staple

Modern potatoes start as tiny plantlets that take years of nurturing before they become a full-grown tuber for the seed market. It can be a risky business. New varieties may offer ...
9/2/2016

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US: Maine potato growers ready for harvest

After a banner year last year, officials with the Maine Potato Board said Wednesday that this year?s crop looks healthy and disease free, but they will not be sure if it will be comparable ...
9/2/2016

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Australia, New Zealand: Food standards watchdog calls for opinions on Simplot?s GM potato

The food regulator Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (Fsanz) has begun public consultation as it reviews whether to allow a potato that has been genetically modified to reduce ...
9/1/2016

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US: Management of potato psyllids

Adult potato psyllids have been detected in some fields in western and south central North Dakota potatoes this season. This insect is mainly found in the Rocky Mountain states. Potato ...
9/1/2016

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Latin America: Up to 20% of potato crops lost due to global warming

Several experts on potato crops stated in Panama that global warming destroyed between 10% and 20% of Latin America?s annual potato production and that it had become the main threat ...
9/1/2016

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Harvest and minimizing foreign material in potatoes ? On-line educational video now available

Foreign material is any material that is not the potato tuber itself. It is ?trash? or ?garbage? in potatoes. Many foreign materials originate in the field, but others enter the product ...
9/1/2016

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UK: Newer potato varieties see growth in planted land

Maris Piper remains the UK?s number one potato variety in terms of area grown, but has been eclipsed in terms of growth by a number of new, specialist varieties. Provisional estimates ...
9/1/2016

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Sri Lanka: Special Goods Tax on imported potatoes increased

Government has increased the Special Goods Tax on imported potatoes up to Rs.40 from Rs.35 per kilogram as effective from midnight August 24 ? with the intention of safeguarding the ...
8/31/2016

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Australia: Potato imports worry growers

A rise in potato imports has reignited the industry?s concerns about competitiveness and profitability. Data released by Global Trade Atlas last week found in the first quarter of ...
8/31/2016

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UK: New award to celebrate up-and-coming potato heroes

A new award has been launched by AHDB aimed at recognising up-and-coming, passionate and dedicated individuals in Great Britain?s potato industry. It comes on the 20th anniversary ...
8/31/2016

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The secret art of making stackable potato chips

If you ever wondered how this particular type of snack is made, you should definitely watch this brief but comprehensive video. Turns out it takes only about 20 minutes to make a tube ...
8/31/2016

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US: Potato growers host farm tour for EPA staff

The National Potato Council (NPC) led a delegation of 12 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff on a tour of Minnesota potato fields. The annual field event gives EPA staff ...
8/31/2016

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AUSVEG and PMA-ANZ combine forces to host joint industry event in 2017

AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA-ANZ) will unite to deliver a joint industry conference and trade show in 2017, marking an historic partnership between two of horticulture?s ...
8/30/2016

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Smaller crop, growing exports brighten U.S. spud outlook

U.S. potato growers should have a smaller crop and strengthened export demand as they start to market their 2016 harvest, according to new reports. Recent estimates by United Potato ...
8/30/2016

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Discovering the benefits of blight resistant potatoes

HERITAGE varieties of potato have been the subject of recent ?field lab? trials in Scotland and England aimed at finding alternative techniques to manage blight. Organised by the Innovative ...
8/30/2016

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Polish Potato Association seeks to remove export restrictions

Poland is the only country in the EU where the export of potatoes is restricted, which is why it continues to be the main focus of the entire Polish industry. Up until recently the ...
8/30/2016

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A challenging year for spuds: Wet conditions, late blight are concerns

In a normal year, Minnesota and North Dakota potato growers generally want late-August rain to provide their fields with one last shot of moisture before harvest. This isn?t a normal ...
8/30/2016

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New York Chips learning new frontier of business

Since hitting shelves in January, New York Chips have been sprouting up in all sorts of locations. And Adam Marquart of Marquart Bros. LLC. said the chips soon will be popping up in ...
8/29/2016

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Canada: McCain takes a new bite out of snack time with McCain March

McCain is thrilled to introduce a satisfying new way for Canadians to snack with our game-changing McCain March lineup, coming soon to freezer aisles at grocery retailers across the ...
8/29/2016

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Canada: Ontario Potato Field Day held near Alliston

Potato farmers from across the province got together to see the latest and greatest in farming equipment technology and crop varieties at HJV Equipment?s annual Ontario Potato Field ...
8/29/2016

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UK: Potatoes ? should I stay or should I go?

Increasing specialisation in the potato sector, combined with tight margins, continues to prompt some growers to reevaluate the crop?s future. Farmers Weekly examines the issues to ...
8/29/2016

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Potatoes USA sets sights on 2017

After a fiscal year total that saw Denver-based Potatoes USA become the largest private sector donor of salad bars in the Let?s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, the organization ...
8/29/2016

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US: Wisconsin potato crop to be very strong

All signs are positive for another strong season for the Wisconsin potato industry. Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, said ...
8/29/2016

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UK: Potato sprout suppressant limits cut again this autumn

The maximum limit for a key sprout suppressant has been further reduced for the coming spud storage season, farmers are being warned. This reduction is part of the gradual annual reduction ...
8/29/2016

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Pressure bruise management aided by texture analysis

Pressure flattening in stored potatoes is a cause of significant economic losses for Colorado potato growers. Pressure flattening occurs as the tuber surface becomes depressed or flattened ...
8/19/2016

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Potato Storage: Hotel or Hospital?

The U.S. potato industry estimates losses during storage at right around 7 percent. Much of this is due to lost water, which is one of the reasons that high relative humidity (RH) ...
8/19/2016

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South Africa: Company reaching out to collaborate with global biocontrol community on potato diseases

AgChem Africa is a South African owned and operated company that specializes in the development and manufacture of agro-chemical products for a range of agricultural crops, including ...
8/19/2016

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Canada: P.E.I. Potato board wants to grow yields and markets

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is working with Cavendish Farms and the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture to grow potato yields and markets while also improving the environmental ...
8/19/2016

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Algerian potato exporters wait for days at Tunisian border

Algerian potato exporters are being forced to wait for days at the Tunisian border crossing point of Tebessa. Although all the legal procedures are being followed by the exporters, ...
8/19/2016

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