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Potato range a nod to growing convenience sector

The rise in the popularity of convenient and easy to prepare produce items continues to make its presence felt in supermarkets. One potato producer has recognized this trend and has ...
2/13/2018

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Forecasting tool named Product of the Year

Real-time ag technologies are here and now, and one of those is the R7 Field Forecasting Tool from WinField United in the US. ?The R7 Field Forecasting Tool uses high-powered modeling ...
2/8/2018

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New ?lady-friendly? crisps go down like a sack of potatoes?

Doritos has announced plans to create new, quieter crisps especially for women, that will be downsized in order to fit neatly into our handbags. The mind-boggling ?lady-friendly? creation, ...
2/8/2018

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Aviko doubles french fry capacity in China

Aviko is considerably increasing the processing capacity of its chip (french fry) factory in Chabei, China. The installation of a new processing line more than doubles capacity, and ...
2/8/2018

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Drones show promise spotting pests in potatoes

Recently, Donna Delparte, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University (ISU) in Pocatello, gave growers an update on the status of her work, specifically ...
2/7/2018

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McDonald?s french fries might cure hair loss, study finds

Researchers at Yokohama National University in Japan discovered that an ingredient in McDonald?s crispy potato recipe may help with hair regrowth, Refinery29 reports. The study found ...
2/7/2018

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US: Cost of potato production rise compared to 2017

Work from the University of Idaho shows that many of the inputs that figure into the cost of production rose over the last year. Extension Agricultural Economist Ben Eborn surveyed ...
2/7/2018

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Grower opinion: Instilling confidence for a successful British potato industry

Confidence throughout the supply chain is key to a sustainable potato industry, but how can growers, processors and packers ensure consistent productivity and regular investment in ...
2/6/2018

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Potatoes: Not only eat them, but also drink ?em?

In Ireland, Donegal continues to brew its reputation as one of Ireland?s top producers of fine alcoholic beverages, with a new gin set to be launched this weekend. Behind the new tipple ...
2/6/2018

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US: Potato CEO sees challenges and success with Trump

John Keeling has spoken about politics to agricultural crowds for 25 years, but he?s never seen a political climate quite like this. ?We?ve seen things over the last year that just ...
2/5/2018

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PepsiCo is developing women-only snacks because potato chips are so hard for girls

PepsiCo?s CEO Indra Nooyi has announced a turning point in the history snack foods. In an interview with Freakonomics, Nooyi revealed that the company would be launching lady snacks, ...
2/5/2018

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Researchers aim to improve accuracy of potato cyst nematode calculator

A team of Harper Adams University researchers, Dr Matthew Back, Dr Ivan Grove and Bill Watts, are working in collaboration with Leeds University and Barworth Agriculture to improve ...
2/5/2018

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Potatoes: The key to providing food for potential Martian colonists in the future?

Few can call themselves more of a potato enthusiast than the Weather Channel?s science editor, James Crugnale. He, like a growing number of spud science aficionados, believe the potato ...
2/5/2018

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Facebook reach increases 630 percent for Colorado Potatoes

A huge bump in Facebook likes for Colorado Potatoes during the 2017 calendar year has reinforced CP?s commitment to the social media giant for reaching current consumers and engaging ...
2/5/2018

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Presentation: ?The weird and wild world of physiological disorders?

This presentation by Dr Andy Robinson at North Dakota State University (NDSU) shows many physiological disorders of potatoes. These disorders can cause minor or major losses in tuber ...
2/2/2018

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Colorado potato beetle genome gives insight into major agricultural pest

The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry ? and for its ability to resist the insecticides developed to stop it. Managing the beetle costs ...
2/1/2018

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Award winning soil moisture meter said to be a ?must-have? for potato growers

Spectrum Technologies, Inc., based in Illinois in the US, brings soil measurement technology to potato farmers with the FieldScout TDR350. The TDR350 is a highly relevant tool every ...
2/1/2018

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Experts provide practical guidelines for fertilizer management in irrigated potato production

A comprehensive nutrient management program is no doubt essential for maintaining a healthy potato crop, optimizing tuber yield and quality, and minimizing undesirable impacts on the ...
2/1/2018

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US: Processing expansion impacts demand for Washington and Oregon spuds

Expansion in the processing industry will create new dynamics for Washington and Oregon potato production, the leader of Washington?s potato commission says. ?We have incredible growing ...
1/31/2018

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NFU Potato Forum wants to improve relations in British fresh produce sector

The NFU Potato Forum last month published a report, entitled Bridging the Gap, which looked at how relations can be improved in what is a vital area of the British fresh produce sector. ...
1/31/2018

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Canada: Upcoming pest management workshops for potato growers in Alberta province

To grow any crop successfully, you need to have a handle of what pests may be threatening that crop and how to identify them, whether it?s insects, diseases, or weeds. And potatoes ...
1/31/2018

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Company on cutting edge of protecting stored potatoes with ?humigator? technology

In 1985, Garry Isaacs invented a piece of equipment he called a humigator. He patented it and started a company in Blackfoot six years ago called Idaho Hydro Tech (IHT) to manufacture ...
1/30/2018

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US: Webinar ? Crop Nutrition for Quality Potato Production

Join Agronomist Steve Petrie and Jimmy Ridgway, Crop Manager-Potatoes Yara North America, for this free webinar as they share insights from extensive crop nutrition research and trials ...
1/30/2018

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North American potato experts share ideas on the importance of healthy seed

Spud Smart magazine gathered 5 expert opinions on why it?s important potato growers plant the best seed they can get their hands on. ?Seed is the cornerstone of potato production,? ...
1/30/2018

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Idaho potato company wants to bring more organic potatoes to market

Everything Potatoes, Inc. is the brain child of Sandy Bragg, president, and husband Jeff Bragg, vice president, whose mission is to offer a healthier potato option as far and wide ...
1/30/2018

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Cargill and AKV Langholt plan $22.5m potato starch facility in Denmark

Cargill and its Danish potato starch partner AKV Langholt will invest $22.5 million in a new potato starch production unit at their Langholt facility in Denmark. The potato starches ...
1/29/2018

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US: Potato prices strengthening

Tight supplies are pushing potato prices higher, but those better prices probably won?t last long. ?I think we are coming into a crunch time for potatoes,? said Bruce Huffaker with ...
1/29/2018

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Ireland: Farmer brothers extend massive deal with Tesco

Country Crest, the north Dublin-based family-owned agri-business, and Tesco Ireland have confirmed a further extension of its almost 20 year relationship until 2020. Owned by Gabriel ...
1/29/2018

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US: Zebra chip control costs potato growers nearly $11 million each year

According to a news report by Capital Press, zebra chip disease control costs farmers in major potato-growing areas in the US ? in particular the Northwest ? nearly $11 million each ...
1/28/2018

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British potato farmer aims to lead vodka revolution

Vodka is the latest example of farmers driven to drink as they seek to make more from their resources in the ground. Gin, beer and wine are already part of Yorkshire agriculture?s ...
1/28/2018

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10th World Potato Congress a tribute to Peru, the origin of modern-day potatoes

Potatoes were first taken out of Peru, their Andean region of origin, 458 years ago and introduced to the rest of the world, and then went on to feed the world, according to a news ...
1/28/2018

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Scientists create potato starch paint as petroleum-free alternative

Researchers in Germany have derived film formers for paint using potato starch. Although there has been numerous attempts to use ?organic? components as a base for paint, none have ...
1/26/2018

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Duravant to acquire sorting and conveying company Key Technology

Material handling and processing specialist Duravant announced today that it has agreed to acquire Key Technology. Key Technology?s potato processing equipment includes optical inspection ...
1/26/2018

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Project to improve forecasting of UK?s most damaging potato disease

A team of researchers aim to improve the accuracy of a calculator which is used as a forecasting tool for growers to predict potato cyst nematode (PCN). To help growers to formulate ...
1/25/2018

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South African potato grower reaching out for help with serious disease problems

Monique Vlok is a potato grower in the so called Sandveld region in the southwestern part of South Africa, not far from Cape Town. In her area, many potato growers are dealing with ...
1/25/2018

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UK: Seed potato suppliers to retail market see 10-15% sales increase

Taylor?s Bulbs says seed potato sales are 10-15% up following the decision by Westland/Unwins and Thompson & Morgan to pull out of the 2018 garden centre seed potato supply market. ...
1/24/2018

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US: First San Luis Valley Potato Business Summit focused on economics, future strategies and technology

In the first San Luis Valley Potato Business Summit on Monday in Monte Vista, topics focused more on economics, future strategies and technology than varieties, diseases and rotations. ...
1/24/2018

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US: Industry cooperation key to progress, potato growers told

The potato industry has had better luck recently in securing federal research dollars due to improved cooperation among its national and state organizations, three industry leaders ...
1/24/2018

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Potatoes USA now largest commodity backer of national school salad bar campaign

This week, Potatoes USA announced the latest part of the Let?s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, which donates salad bars to school districts in need. The campaign, launched via ...
1/23/2018

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Tong Engineering appoints new dealer for Scotland

Potato and vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering announced that it has appointed ScanStone potato systems as the company?s new approved dealer for Scotland. Tong ...
1/23/2018

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Scientists say eating potatoes could help combat dementia

The latest research suggests potatoes can play a significant role in helping combat everything from heart attacks to cancer and strokes and now it seems they could even stave off dementia. ...
1/22/2018

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New potato equipment innovations showcased at Agritechnica event

The Agritechnica event in Hanover, Germany is the world?s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery. The German Agricultural Society (DLG) awarded GRIMME (sister company of Spudnik ...
1/22/2018

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China sending potatoes, weeds along with humans to the moon

China is planning to send not only astronauts. but also the eggs of silkworms, a tiny weed named Arabidopsis (rockcress), and potato plants to the moon by the end of the year. ?The ...
1/21/2018

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Herbicide injury in potato an important focus of university extension program

The Potato Extension program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) / University of Minnesota (U of M) is working on herbicide injury in potato and developing educational tools ...
1/21/2018

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US: Spudnik celebrates 60 years

Sixty years after launching, Spudnik is doing well in the potato race. The company, which traces its origins back to two brothers who invented a potato ?scooper? to do the backbreaking, ...
1/18/2018

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Not much movement on Belgian potato market, says owner of potato pool

Last year, potato wholesaler RTL Patat from Menen, Belgium, started the first Belgian potato pool. In the Netherlands, this has existed for a while. Owner Rik Tanghe talks about how ...
1/17/2018

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Brexit: Jersey Royal potatoes ?could be left rotting in fields? due to lack of EU workers

The largest producer of Jersey Royal potatoes has warned crops may be left to rot in the fields because foreign workers have left ahead of Brexit. Polish workers ? who had previously ...
1/17/2018

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2018 Potato Expo Panelists: ?Potato expectations critical in buy-sell relationship?

Communicating quality expectations clearly is the best way to avoid conflicts in buyer-seller relationships, according to panelists at the 2018 Potato Expo. In a fresh market track ...
1/17/2018

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UK: Potato growers ?must look in dusty corners? to innovate

Researchers are continuing to make strides in helping UK potato growers to get the best crop with the least environmental impact as a nationally-significant Suffolk farm project reached ...
1/16/2018

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Peru does not have a potato processing plant, despite increasing demand

Last Tuesday, farmers and producers of white potatoes raised their voices and went on strike because of the fall in tuber prices. According to farmers, prices started to fall because ...
1/16/2018

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