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Idaho Potato Commission announces value of 2017 crop: 22,7% higher

Idaho, the United State?s top producing potato state since 1957, reached a new crop high in 2017. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the preliminary estimated value for ...
3/7/2018

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Prices versus plantings: A British potato market insight

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board?s (AHDB) Amber Cottingham analyses the seasonal relationship between price and plantings and asks how potato farmers can apply this ...
3/7/2018

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Combination of mineral oils and insecticides to minimize PVY spread on seed potato farms

The use of mineral oils and a combined approach of mineral oils and crop barriers have been under the spotlight the past number of years around the world as potential practical in-season ...
3/7/2018

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Spore trapping: Another tool in managing potato late blight

According to potato expert Prof Khalil Al-Mughrabi, ‎Plant Pathologist & Adjunct Professor at the ‎Government of New Brunswick in Canada, a more rational approach to late ...
3/7/2018

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Australian potato market opens up in Indonesia after trade discussions

Australian potato growers are winning new access to valuable Indonesian markets after a decade-long campaign opened the potential to export up to 85,000 tonnes of seed potatoes with ...
3/7/2018

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Grocerants and Gen Z: Looking for the future for potatoes

You may not have heard of a ?grocerant,? but you?re almost certainly among the growing number of Americans who have eaten in one. It?s part of a fundamental change in eating patterns, ...
3/6/2018

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Silver scurf: Great name, but bad for spuds

Fans of colorful, alliterative language may like ?silver scurf.? Not Red River Valley potato growers; they see the crop disease as a growing threat. ?I?m getting more questions about ...
3/6/2018

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Potato processor Agristo invests 200 million in french fry factory

Potato processor Agristo has invested 200 million euro in a new French fry factory in Wielsbeke, Belgium. The family business hopes it can break into the global top five this way. ...
3/6/2018

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The Irish Potato Famine ? could it happen again?

Ireland wasn?t always dependent on potatoes, but in the decades leading up to the famine, more farmers started growing potatoes. As a crop, potatoes are inexpensive and high-yielding. ...
3/6/2018

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Eat purple potatoes to cut your colon cancer risk, study finds

Enjoying a diet that includes plenty of vegetables is great for your health, but a daily dose of purple potatoes may help in the prevention colon cancer, according to a new study conducted ...
3/1/2018

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US: RPE chosen as exclusive marketing partner for CSS Farms? Agri-Pack subsidiary

CSS Farms, a multi-state agriculture company producing onions and chip and specialty potatoes, and RPE ? category leader and year-round grower/shipper of potatoes and onions ? announce ...
2/28/2018

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West Australian farmers have lost millions one year on from tomato potato psyllid outbreak

Two West Australian farmers say they have each lost more than $1 million and have been forced to downsize their operations in the 12 months since the tomato potato psyllid was discovered ...
2/28/2018

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Sprout control: A Canadian update on the use of MH and CIPC

Use of the growth regulators MH (maleic hydrazide) and CIPC (chlorpropham) are integral to the potato industry, but there is always room for improvement ? and even new avenues of use ...
2/28/2018

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Reach for your pocket: Rapid tests provide cost-effective solution for potato disease diagnosis

Getting a definitive confirmation of the presence of which disease is affecting a crop is important in preventing a pathogen from becoming a bigger problem. ?An easy way of getting ...
2/26/2018

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Potato Market Update: Lay of the land in Canada

In an interview with Spudsmart magazine, the general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC), Kevin MacIsaac, says that J.R. Simplot?s $40 million processing plant expansion ...
2/26/2018

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Enemies of the skin: Expert shares management guidelines on serious potato blemish diseases

Silver scurf and black dot are potato blemish diseases that are growing in prevalence and economic importance. These diseases are challenging to control and require an integrated effort ...
2/26/2018

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Fighting fit: US spud industry going on offensive, think ?performance vegetable?

The U.S. potato industry likes to describe its product as ?America?s favorite vegetable.? But the industry acknowledges that critics have put potato marketing efforts ?on the defensive,? ...
2/25/2018

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Safe and sound: Arctic seed vault ?key to future global crops?

A special vault has been built in the Arctic to store thousands of seeds as scientists fear the impact of climate change and prolonged conflicts could have devastating consequences ...
2/25/2018

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Outside the box: Organic potato and veggie chips startup Chipsbox goes entirely green

German organic potato and veggie chip snack producer Chipsbox has swapped out its plastic packaging for a biodegradable option to further cement its sustainable and natural stance. ...
2/25/2018

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Fake scare: Your french fries may not be so deadly after all!

On June 13, 2017, AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) released an article titled ?Your Fries May Be Deadly,? by Cheryl Bond-Nelms, stating that a recent study links ...
2/25/2018

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Slippery character: The potato disease that evades consistent control

?Common scab is notoriously difficult to consistently manage with chemical or biological treatments ? varietal resistance needs to be a fundamental strategy in building an integrated ...
2/24/2018

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Eyes in the Sky: ARS scientist on the use of UAV?s for potato research

In this video, Shelley Jansky, USDA ARS research geneticist and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses how she is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles ...
2/24/2018

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US potato exports set record in 2017

Global sales of U.S. potatoes hit a record high in 2017. U.S. potato and potato product exports grew 4.58% in volume and 4.63% in value in 2017 compared to 2016, according to Potatoes ...
2/24/2018

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The takeaway from Ireland?s National Potato Conference

The 2018 National Potato Conference, organised by IFA in association with Bord Bia and Teagasc took place in Dublin, the 20th of March. Here are some of the things participants said ...
2/23/2018

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Courting consumers: Albert Heijn promotes fresh potatoes with new products and packaging

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has introduced a new in-store layout for its potato section, as well as new products, packaging, and detailed information cards ? all in a bid to promote ...
2/23/2018

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Andean potatoes take the world stage, but tough times lie ahead

For the first time in its history, the World Potato Congress will take place in Latin America, the ?birthplace? of the potato. From May 27 to 31 of this year, hundreds of people from ...
2/23/2018

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The Canadian grower who produces organic potatoes on a commercial scale

Organic potato production on a commercial scale is a challenge, but one Canadian grower in the province of Ontario is meeting it. Isaiah Swidersky offers a careful answer when asked ...
2/22/2018

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Irish Farmers Association: ?Potato growers get less than 20% of the price consumers pay for spuds?

Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin heard. Speaking at the National Potato Conference ...
2/22/2018

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Promotional success story: Potatoes are bought once every second in Irish retailers

Speaking at the National Potato Conference 2018 in Dublin, Lorcan Bourke, Fresh Produce and Potato Sector Manager of Bord Bia said that a ?1 million EU-funded promotional campaign, ...
2/22/2018

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Tomato-potato psyllid: Tough times for Western Australian spud growers

West Australian potato growers are still counting the cost of losing market access to the eastern states a year after the tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) outbreak near Perth. Peak bodies ...
2/22/2018

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Hot arrival: Lamb Weston introduces ?Crispy on Delivery? fries

Lamb Weston introduces a solution for fries that arrive hot and crispy via home delivery ? new Crispy on Delivery is a comprehensive solution that goes from store to door. Crispy on ...
2/21/2018

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?Rooted apical cuttings?: Promising technology with potential to boost quality potato seed production

Seed potato farmers in Kenya?s potato growing regions are adopting promising technology with potential to boost quality seed availability. The farmers are using rooted apical cuttings ...
2/21/2018

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US: Impact of CIPC use under review by the EPA

As a part of a Registration Review process, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in the US is reviewing the data associated with the use of Chlorpropham (CIPC) ? the major sprout ...
2/20/2018

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Welsh potato growers unite to tackle wireworm

Over 40 potato growers and agronomists met at AHDB Potatoes? Welsh Potato Day near Haverfordwest on 2 February to exchange technical knowledge aimed at producing the perfect crop. ...
2/20/2018

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Irish Farmers Association: ?Potato growers get less than one-fifth of the price consumers pay for spuds?

Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin today heard. Speaking at the National Potato Conference ...
2/20/2018

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Potatoes gain credibility for performance of Olympic athletes

Potatoes as a performance food are gaining notoriety during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, with the newly released Olympian Menu and announcement that performance nutrition ...
2/20/2018

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Report: Global Potato Chips Market Forecast to 2022

The research study on the Global Potato Chips Market organizes the overall perspective of the Potato Chips industry. This incorporates upcoming flow of the Potato Chips market together ...
2/19/2018

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?Potato industry needs to present itself more confidently to consumers?, attendees at German event were told

On 6 February, the German Potato Trade Association welcomed around 500 guests from 16 countries to the traditional International Berlin Potato Evening. In his opening speech, DKHV ...
2/19/2018

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Chep pooled pallets gives Albert Bartlett environmental edge

Leading potato supplier, Albert Bartlett, is enjoying significant environmental savings within its supply chain thanks to the use of Chep?s pooled pallets. The Scottish potato company ...
2/18/2018

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Grower Webinar: Experts share crop nutrition tips for quality potato production

This free webinar with Scott Stuntz, managing editor of Spudman magazine, features YARA?s potato crop manager in North America, Jimmy Ridgway, and the director of agronomic services ...
2/18/2018

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Upcoming potato Conference in Canada to focus on several production issues

The 2018 Ontario Potato Conference & Trade Show in Canada will be held on March 6 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Center in Guelph. Several topics related to potato production issues ...
2/18/2018

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Potato growers rejoice as Indonesia extends Australian seed potato access

The Indonesian market beckons for Australian seed potato farmers, after market access to the South East Asian nation was extended. The deal paves the way for suppliers from Victoria ...
2/18/2018

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Simplot announces $460 million expansion of Canadian based operations

The Manitoba government and J.R. Simplot Company announced a major investment and expansion in the company?s Manitoba-based operations near Portage la Prairie. Premier Brian Pallister ...
2/15/2018

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New fungicide offers 10 day persistence for potato growers fighting blight

Brand new chemistry to tackle foliar and stem blight in UK and Irish potato crops has been approved. A fungicide called Zorvec Enicade made by DowDuPont has shown strong performance ...
2/15/2018

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Australia: Turning potatoes into a convenience food

When consumers started to look for more convenient foods traditional staples such as potatoes became less popular. The pasta and rice marketers designed attractive packaging and sold ...
2/14/2018

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British potato growers provided with improved tools to tackle PCN

The findings from on-farm trials could help combat a deadly potato disease that causes around 26 million worth of damage to crops in the UK each year. According to demonstrations ...
2/14/2018

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US: Two potato power houses join forces

Farm Fresh Direct (Monte Vista, CO) and Cal-Ore Produce (Tulelake, CA) have announced they are joining forces to continue to increase both their organic and conventional programs. ...
2/14/2018

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Europe: Potato DNA markers could keep potatoes in storage fresher for longer

EU-funded scientists have discovered genetic markers that could allow potatoes to be selected for their ability to be stored at low temperatures, keeping them fresh and avoiding the ...
2/14/2018

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Albert Bartlett potato producer receives 4m Scottish Government grant

UK-based potato producer Albert Bartlett has received a 4 million grant from the Scottish Government, which the brand will use to expand its product range and manufacturing capacity. ...
2/13/2018

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US: Potatoes, politics kick off conference

A year after predicting how the new Trump Administration might affect agriculture, National Potato Council Executive Vice President John Keeling was back to give an update on politics ...
2/13/2018

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