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Government chips in cash to get West Australia?s potato industry cooking

West Australia?s struggling potato industry is poised for recovery after the State Government chipped in nearly $750,000 towards expanding processing and exports. Four local growers ...
3/25/2018

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Aviko launches ?hotter, crunchier? new fries

Catering potato supplier Aviko has launched a new line of fries, which it claims stay ?piping hot and crunchier for longer?. The Premium Crunch Fast Food Fries, which cook in just ...
3/25/2018

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British potato packer group hopeful for recovery in potato prices

Produce Investments offered hope for a recovery in UK potato prices from multi-year lows, citing the potential for setbacks to 2018 sowings prospects helping a drawdown in inflated ...
3/23/2018

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Equipment manufacturer Dewulf opens new logistics center in Europe

Dewulf, full-line supplier of potato and root crop equipment, has officially inaugurated its new logistics centre at its headquarters. With the opening of the logistics centre, the ...
3/23/2018

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Potato seed treatment said to help growers start strong with insect and disease protection

Rhizoctonia solani is a pathogen that is often present in soil or on seed tubers and can have a major impact on young plants. It causes diseases such as black scurf and stem canker. ...
3/23/2018

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Wireworms a growing concern for the Canadian potato industry

Wireworm populations appear to be on the rise in Western Canada. Wireworm, which is the larval stage of the adult click beetle, affects many crops, including cereals and pulses, ...
3/23/2018

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Russia blocks two potato shipments imported from Egypt

Russia?s agricultural quarantine authorities flagged two potato shipments from Egypt that were found to be contaminated with potato brown rot. The Ministry of Trade and Industry in ...
3/22/2018

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Canada: University of Manitoba seeking candidates to study potato early dying disease

The laboratory for Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba in Canada is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for training leading to MSc or PhD degrees. Students ...
3/22/2018

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Posted in All the latest News, News March 2018, Trends Edit Idaho Potato Commission launches new video series: Idaho Potato Life Hacks

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has partnered with Ivan Nanney, former member of the Big Idaho Potato Truck?s Tater Team and Cancun.com?s newest Cancun Experience Officer, to create ...
3/22/2018

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Spud planting in Great Britain races to catch up after late start to season

Early potato planting along the Suffolk coast is racing ahead to try and catch up from a wet weather-delayed start with tuber numbers and hence yields feared to be down this season. ...
3/22/2018

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Broad-spectrum fungicide can now be used to control rhizoctonia in potato

Zoxis, a broad-spectrum fungicide from Arysta LifeScience, has been successfully re-registered for use in the UK & Ireland, and can now be used on a wider range of crops. Benefits ...
3/22/2018

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Keeping one step ahead of tuber blight: Experts in Great Britain provide latest results and analysis

The aggressive and fit new blight strains 37_A2 and 36_A2 have been detected as tuber blight in stored potatoes in Great Britain. The latest results and analysis will help the sector ...
3/21/2018

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PhD opportunity: Applications of machine learning to precision potato blackleg prediction

James Hutton Institute in the UK is now offering a unique opportunity for a PhD student to identify the principle drivers of potato blackleg through GIS analysis of historical soil, ...
3/21/2018

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Studies/Reports Edit Video: Newest Strategic Potato Farm in Great Britain aims to maximise quality in store

RJ & AE Godfrey, a mixed arable farm in North Lincolnshire in the UK is the newest Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm. On-farm events will begin in June. The SPot Farm programme up-scales ...
3/20/2018

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For the long haul: South Africas running potato pathology professor chasing after spud diseases

Jacquie van der Waals is not only a professor of potato pathology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa ? she is also a recognized national 10km and cross country runner in ...
3/20/2018

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Data smart: Applying artificial intelligence to the humble spud

?We?re going from precision agriculture to decision agriculture. And we?re trying to drive that revolution,? states Giri Baleri, VP for marketing at Resson, a university spin-out based ...
3/20/2018

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British trials show water conservation product can improve potato yields

Trials have proven that using a water conservation agent can significantly increase potato yields, which could bring in an extra 1,100 per hectare while reducing irrigation water ...
3/20/2018

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New World Bank book on Peruvian agriculture highlights native potato value chains

CIP coordinated the Papa Andina Program that brought together public institutions, businesses and NGOs in Peru in a project called INCOPA, in order to tap the potential of the country?s ...
3/19/2018

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Videos: What soil health testing method could work for you?

Soil testing is an important management practice on all farms, whether growing potatoes or pasture for livestock. It?s nearly impossible to determine what a soil needs to be productive, ...
3/19/2018

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In Victorian Britain, poor rural areas had the best diet and health ? and potatoes were part of it?

It seems counter-intuitive but in the 19th century, the poor were better off than the rich, health and diet wise. A new study found that these rural societies enjoyed a more traditional ...
3/17/2018

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US: Wireless irrigation tool now connects with John Deere Operations Center

Lindsay Corporation has partnered with John Deere to provide growers with more irrigation data. Its pivot telemetry tool, FieldNET will now connect with the John Deere Operations Center. ...
3/17/2018

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A blood test for potatoes

Human blood tests were the inspiration for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researcher Dr. Helen Tai to consider a test for nitrogen levels in potatoes. She wondered if a test ...
3/16/2018

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Kenya, Ireland team up to improve potato farming

The Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya and Ireland have launched a programme to improve potato farming in Kenya. The launch on Wednesday was officiated by Ireland Minister for Public ...
3/16/2018

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Caught in the act: Potato Virus Y rapid tests provide results within minutes

The ?Wireless Spud? (Wireless Potato Node) is a unique device that helps in the identification of the exact locations where potato damage takes place when potatoes are in motion ? ...
3/16/2018

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UK: Water management guide launched with new guidance on common scab control

The updated Seasonal Water Management Guide for Potatoes summarises the latest research findings based on AHDB-funded research projects, and work conducted at Strategic Potato Farms ...
3/16/2018

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Video: Large-scale potato operation innovates to reduce soil compaction

Perry Produce is a large-scale irrigated farming operation based in the southern part of the Canadian province of Alberta. The operation produces, amongst others, processing potatoes ...
3/15/2018

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Soil microbes: Next generation sequencing holds promise for potato sector

?A lot of people are really excited about the work in microbiology because it?s thought that soil microbes could come to our rescue,? said Claudia Goyer, a noted soil scientist and ...
3/15/2018

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Potato production and climate change: Canadian experts have their say

Potato is the most important non-grain crop in the world. So, understanding the potential impacts of climate change on potato production is critical, especially for producers. Throughout ...
3/14/2018

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Blackleg in potatoes: Rapid and effective haulm destruction key to blackleg control

Scientists are getting closer to discovering the origins of blackleg infection in potato seed crops. CPM magazine finds out the latest research findings and how Scottish seed growers ...
3/14/2018

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Potato math: US student wins $250,000 prize for potato blight solution based on mathematical model

According to a CNN report, New York student Benjamin ?Benjy? Firester has won one of the United States? top young science prizes for his research on potato late blight. The 18-year-old ...
3/14/2018

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Potatoes are on an upward trajectory, says Potatoes USA

There are consumers who love potatoes, and Potatoes USA?s fiscal year 2019 will target them. That?s not to say potatoes aren?t popular among all consumers. Board leaders showed how ...
3/14/2018

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APS put spotlight on causal agent of potato zebra chip disease in latest Virtual Issue

The American Phytopathological Society?s latest Virtual Issue focuses on Candidatus Liberibacter, the causal agent of many important plant diseases such as citrus greening and potato ...
3/13/2018

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Pest quest: New program soon to be launched to monitor potato psyllids in Canada

A new monitoring and surveillance program will be launched in the spring of 2018 for potato psyllids in Canada?s Alberta province. Thomas McDade, agricultural director, Potato Growers ...
3/13/2018

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Researchers find rotations with Brassicas consistently reduce soil-borne diseases in potatoes and improve yields

If you?re dealing with some tough soil-borne diseases as a potato grower in North America, adding canola, mustard or rapeseed to your potato rotation could help. That important finding ...
3/13/2018

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Lays-PepsiCo sees huge opportunities for premium potato chips in Argentina

While Argentina?s salted-snack consumption is low at one kilo per person compared with the nine kilos in the US in 2017, the market has plenty of potential, says Pablo Garca, general ...
3/13/2018

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West Australia potato farmers pin hopes on negative psyllid tests to regain market access

Potato farmers in West Australia (WA) could see Eastern States? markets reopen in the near future which are still closed to WA following the tomato potato psyllid outbreak last year. ...
3/13/2018

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Colombia questioned about anti-dumping rules against Dutch potato sector

The Netherlands has appealed to the European Commission (EC). They want the Commission to address the Colombian authorities about their anti-dumping regulations against the Dutch potato ...
3/12/2018

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New study finds that potato plants can be primed to tolerate heat stress

Potatoes are particularly vulnerable to increased temperature, considered to be the most important uncontrollable factor affecting growth and yield. Elevated temperature is known to ...
3/12/2018

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New European regulation on acrylamide: What manufacturers should know

A new EU regulation on acrylamide is setting benchmark values in several categories that will affect the bakery and snacks sectors. Peter Mller, technical service manager, Food, at ...
3/12/2018

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Potato Cyst Nematode results: How reliable are yours?

So your Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) tests have come back negative. Good news?or is it? That largely depends on how the land was sampled and how the samples were analysed. Scottish Agronomy?s ...
3/12/2018

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Potato marketing trends in the US for 2018

In this article, The Packer magazine provides a bird?s eye view on marketing trends as reported by several of the big players in fresh potato marketing and promotion in the US. Demand ...
3/12/2018

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US fresh potato exports show double-digit growth

Led by double-digit growth in Canada and Mexico, U.S. fresh potato exports soared 17% in value last year. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics reveal 2017 U.S. fresh potato exports ...
3/10/2018

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Trendy Chips: New report shows spicy and unusual flavors big hit

Snacking is expected to witness increased consumer preference in the coming years. Facts regarding the growing shift towards snacking is revealed in a new research report added to ...
3/10/2018

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Nab the Scab: South African specialist?s views on how to deal with a nasty potato disease

Powdery scab of potatoes is a serious disease that is a thorn in the side of many a potato grower around the world. This is also the case in South Africa, one of the biggest potato ...
3/10/2018

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France: ?Potato market is facing challenges?

Touquet Savour is a big player on the French potato market. The company represents 30 producers and annually produces 25,000 tonnes of potatoes. Alexis Dequidt, from Touquet Savour: ...
3/10/2018

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Zebra chip pathogen found in Canada?s Alberta province

Zebra chip disease, which causes harmless but unsightly stripes in potato chips, costs producers millions of dollars annually in New Zealand and the United States. Now the zebra chip ...
3/9/2018

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Wind farms positively impact crops, study says

Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them. The overall effects on crops growing in ...
3/9/2018

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New product to offer ?greater efficacy against tuber-borne Rhizoctonia?

At its annual potato agronomists? conference on 25th January, Bayer launched a new potato tuber treatment ? Emesto Prime DS ? that will be available for British growers to use on this ...
3/9/2018

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Potato industry in New Zealand valued at close to a billion dollars, CEO says

In the latest Strategic Update report issued by Potatoes New Zealand, CEO Chris Claridge writes that the 2017 calendar year values and volumes are now available and the news is very ...
3/9/2018

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Sheltered: Limited impact on potatoes in British stores following cold spell, report says

The latest Potato Weekly report issued by AHDB Potatoes has been published earlier today, and the full report can be accessed on the AHDB website. In the report growers are reminded ...
3/9/2018

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