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Hi-tech production to fill demand for quality seed potatoes in India

There is a huge shortage of certified seed in India. The incorporation of hi-tech seed production systems, coupled with advanced virus detection techniques is the only way out in fulfilling ...
7/4/2017

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Utah is home to earliest use of a wild potato in North America ? nearly 11,000 years ago

The town of Escalante in southern Utah is no small potatoes when it comes to scientific discovery; a new archaeological finding within its borders may rewrite the story of tuber domestication. ...
7/4/2017

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More British crisps coming to the United States

The award-winning British Pipers Crisps potato chips will now be enjoyed by more Americans. It is the newest brand to partner with the Liberty Richter division of World Finer Foods, ...
7/4/2017

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University of Idaho reports light potato psyllid pressure

Pressure from the tiny, winged insects that spread zebra chip disease in potatoes has been light this season, emboldening some Idaho farmers to scale back on their pesticide programs. ...
7/3/2017

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European Commission won?t ban Belgian frites

The European Commission is not going to ban Belgian frites, as a spokesman told journalists in response to criticism of an initiative aimed at regulating the way they are made. The ...
7/3/2017

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Heavy rain damages potato crop in Ontario, Canada

After a month of good growing conditions and positive reports amid sporadic news on disease potential, word from one of Ontario?s potato-growing regions is that roughly 1,000 acres ...
7/3/2017

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Australia: Potato farmers send bill for $500,000 to government for abandoned Galati legal case

Frustrated potato growers have sent the West Australian State Government a bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars after the Government dropped an industry funded legal fight against ...
7/3/2017

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Spain: Potato prices fall due to oversupply

Potato prices have hit rock-bottom in Spain and Europe due to an oversupply in all early potato producing countries, amongst other factors, explained ngel Muoz, director of Intersur, ...
7/3/2017

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?Challenges? over Scottish seed potato exports

Seed potato growers who have been confident that crucial trade with Egypt and other non-EU markets would not be disrupted by Brexit may be in for a shock. According to Peter Hardwick, ...
7/3/2017

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Potato beetle cannibalism may help protect crops

Researchers at the University of Maine (UMaine) have found cannibalism may slow down the devastation of Colorado potato beetles on potato crops. University of Maine scientists Everett ...
7/3/2017

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Essential guide for potato store owners on CIPC application practices

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group in the UK recently published a new factsheet entitled ?CIPC Application: A store owner?s guide. Essential information for making potato stores ...
6/29/2017

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Video: Planting potatoes in the Dutch province of North Brabant

Planting potatoes using a Deutz Fahr Agrotron 7250 TTV with front cultivator and AVR GE-force rotary tiller for preparing the land, as well as a Miedema Structural PM 4000 belt planter ...
6/29/2017

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Key Technology presents VERYX digital sorters to Australian food processor

Key Technology introduces its VERYX family of digital sorters to the Australian food processing industry with the VERYX C140 on exhibit at the FoodPro trade show in Sydney 16-19 July, ...
6/29/2017

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Tong?s Fieldloader now comes with new design options

Tong Engineering announced new design options on its popular Fieldloader, including unique automatic transport-mode features, allowing users to make the machine even more compact for ...
6/29/2017

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Video: 16 Row massive potato harvest in Idaho

Carl Taylor from Taylor Farms in Idaho Falls, Idaho, presenting Spudnik?s 16 row harvesting system. With eight 6 row windrowers and four 4 row harvesters they are able to harvest between ...
6/26/2017

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Video: Amazing potato cutting skills

Step away from the veggie peeler, there?s an easier way to get the skin off your potatoes. In a video shared on YouTube, the ?amazing? trick has been viewed over 4 million times. Simply ...
6/26/2017

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How to manage Colorado potato beetles that survived winter

Several different locations in the Red River Valley in the US are experiencing emerging Colorado potato beetles (CPB). Ian MacRae, professor and Extension entomologist at the University ...
6/26/2017

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US: Two new Russet varieties to be released soon

Two new spud varieties are coming soon to the Pacific Northwest. Echo Russet and Castle Russet ? developed by the Tri-State Potato Breeding Program that includes Oregon, Washington ...
6/26/2017

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UK: Brexit affects potato industry

During the Europatat Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, Cedric Porter of the World Potato Markets gave a presentation titled Brexit and the Potato Industry. Last June, 52 per cent of the ...
6/25/2017

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Zambian farmer alleges market is flooded by cheap potato imports from South Africa

A commercial farmer has called on the Zambian government to protect potato growers from cheap imports from South Africa. Stuart Cooke, who is managing director of Chartonel Farms in ...
6/25/2017

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UK: Hot potatoes under Alternaria attack

Heat stress under record seasonal high early summer temperatures could trigger increased risk of an initial Alternaria attack in potato crops. Plants suffering from lack of moisture ...
6/25/2017

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Packaging and processing specialist tna opens office in Japan

tna, supplier of food processing and packaging solutions, continues to grow its global footprint with the opening of a new Japan office and the launch of a brand new Japanese website. ...
6/25/2017

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New publication: Essential guide for potato store owners on CIPC application practices

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group in the UK recently published a new factsheet entitled ?CIPC Application: A store owner?s guide. Essential information for making potato stores ...
6/25/2017

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Why is Bob Dylan?s face now on Chinese potato crisp bags?

News spreads fast on the Internet, and word about what appears to be Chinese potato crisp packets sporting Bob Dylan?s face could not have spread faster. Many denizens of the Internet ...
6/25/2017

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Researchers engineer heat tolerance in potato crops

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute and the University of St. Andrews have developed a technique to ?engineer? heat tolerance in potato crops, potentially providing potato breeders ...
6/25/2017

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Australia: New techniques catch potato pests on the hop on Kangaroo Island

Seed potato growers on Kangaroo Island are adopting a new strategy to manage the aphids and thrips pestering their crops, taking on expert advice from agronomists and entomologists ...
6/22/2017

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Scottish seed potato exporters eyeing new market in Kenya

Scottish seed potato growers may have another export market in the future following successful growing trials in Kenya. It follows a concerted effort by the Agricultural & Horticultural ...
6/22/2017

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Europatat Congress 2017 ? Making the European Potato Trade great

Last week on 15 & 16 June, the Europatat Congress 2017 took place, organised in coordination by Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, and Belgapom, the Belgian Potato Trade ...
6/21/2017

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High hopes for British seed potatoes in Kenya

Official potato trial seed sent to Kenya has passed initial lab tests and is now growing well in three locations. AHDB and SASA have been working together to open the Kenyan market ...
6/21/2017

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India: ?28% GST on farm implements will ruin potato industry?

Punjab potato growers and dealers apprehend a further setback if the state government goes ahead with its proposal of 28% GST on farm implements used in potato growing industry and ...
6/20/2017

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Metals from Bolivian mines affect crops and pose potential health risk, study suggests

A University of Oklahoma Civil Engineering and Environmental Science Professor Robert Nairn and his co-authors have conducted a collaborative study that suggests exposure to trace ...
6/20/2017

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Taiwan: Gov?t to control future GMO potato imports

Agriculture authorities say they?re prepared to implement controls to prevent the possible import of U.S. genetically modified (GMO) potatoes from affecting domestic growers. The U.S. ...
6/20/2017

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Australia: Research team aims to extract high quality proteins from processing wastewater

Researchers dr. Jocelyn Midgley (Simplot Australia) and professor Vicki Chen, from UNSW School of Chemical Engineering in Sydney, Australia, associate professor Jayashree Arcot and ...
6/17/2017

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Lamb Weston?s European Joint Venture completes acquisition of Oerlemans Foods? Potato Division

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) announced today that its European joint venture, Lamb Weston / Meijer v.o.f., has completed its acquisition of the potato division of Oerlemans ...
6/17/2017

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Trend: Driverless farming robots could work the fields of the future

Swarms of automated farming robots could hold the key to future productivity and workforce concerns, according to one exhibitor at the 2017 Cereals show in the UK. Demonstrated in ...
6/17/2017

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US: Funded projects to benefit Idaho?s potato industry

Thirteen projects that seek to enhance the competitiveness of Idaho specialty crops will receive a total of $1.5 million from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture this year. Final ...
6/17/2017

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New report: North America Frozen Potato Market (2016 ? 2022)

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ?North America Frozen Potato Market (2016 ? 2022)? report to their offering. The North America Frozen Potato Market is expected ...
6/17/2017

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Russia: Modern potato processing plant to be built in Tatarstan

A modern potato processing plant is reportedly planned to be built in the Arskii district of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. Construction.ru was told by the press office of the ...
6/16/2017

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China plans to grow potatoes in space ? like Matt Damon did in The Martian

For the first time in history, Chinese space authorities are planning to grow potatoes and raise worms on the moon, the Chongqing Morning Post reported on Tuesday. A 3kg mini-ecosystem ...
6/16/2017

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Japan: Calbee to resume potato chip sales after halt in spud shortage

Snack food maker Calbee Inc. said Thursday it will restart sales of three brands of potato chips it halted in April from next week, as it is now able to procure a steady supply of ...
6/16/2017

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UK: Three Musketeers (3Ms) invest in potato grading and sorting line

With six farms as shareholders of 3Ms (Three Musketeers) operating more than 34,000 acres, they have contracted Haith, Tomra and Dijkstra to put in a new state-of-the-art potato grading ...
6/16/2017

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Videos: Planting no-till potatoes

Ever wondered if it is indeed possible to plant potatoes the no-till way, and if so, how it?s done? Here are two videos from farms in Pennsylvania in the US which shows how such an ...
6/16/2017

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Developing wireless sensor technologies to fight potato rot in storage facilities

In Idaho, farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of potatoes valued at between $550-$700 million. Yet unbeknownst to most consumers, roughly 30 percent of the potatoes harvested spoil ...
6/15/2017

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UK: European agribusiness representatives visit Hutton Institute to establish potato links

James Hutton Limited, the James Hutton Institute?s commercial subsidiary, has welcomed two delegations of European visitors to the Institute?s Dundee site as part of efforts to share ...
6/15/2017

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Oro Agri offers late blight solutions to potato growers

In May ORO AGRI International sponsored the EuroBlight 2017 Workshop for the first time and presented a paper in the ?Control Strategies? session chaired by Huub Schepers from Wageningen ...
6/15/2017

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Research project studied ideal transport conditions for potatoes

In the export of potatoes, there are many different ways of setting up reefer containers, and each expert has his own vision. But only a few wonder why a certain set-up is chosen. ...
6/15/2017

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Texturized potato chips with Ingredion?s solution

Ingredion Incorporated announced six additions to its Precisa Crisp line of functional starch texturizers for the snack industry. With Precisa Crisp series of snack texturizers, manufacturers ...
6/14/2017

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US: Alsum Farms and Produce launches ?Powered by Potatoes? contest

Alsum Farms and Produce is inviting sports fans, athletes and those seeking an active lifestyle to show how they are ?Powered by Potatoes? this summer. ?Powered by Potatoes promotes ...
6/14/2017

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Australia: Potato growers after state

Potato growers have now turned their attention to the state government to seek reimbursement for legal costs after the WA Premier stepped-in to stop a civil lawsuit against the spud ...
6/14/2017

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Overview: Potato product fryers

Selecting the right fryer design is one of the most critical decisions in potato processing. In this article by Don Giles, Director of Sales, Processing Systems at Heat and Control, ...
6/14/2017

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