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Canada, US: Prince Edward Island donating potatoes and other produce to hurricane victims in southern US

Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) farmers on the east coast of Canada are sending some of the province?s best produce to the Southern U.S. to help those affected by hurricane Irma. Wednesday, ...
9/21/2017

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Potatoes South Australia wins grant to develop vodka from waste potato peelings

In an effort to combat food waste, Potatoes South Australia has teamed up with the University of Adelaide and Adelaide Hills Distillery to make vodka from potato skins. Robbie Davis, ...
9/21/2017

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Canada: Cuban delegation eyeing Quebec potato varieties

A Cuban delegation visited several seed potato companies in Quebec during August, visiting seed production fields, different types of mini-tuber production and in-vitro laboratory ...
9/21/2017

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Idaho potatoes bound for Japan

The Japanese government will allow the import of U.S. chipping potatoes from Idaho, marking the end of an 11-year ban on these shipments from the Pacific Northwest state, the U.S. ...
9/20/2017

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Agrifirm introduces TopCote Potato: An innovative new coated fertiliser granule mix

The company Agrifirm in the Netherlands recently introduced a new fertilizer concept in the Netherlands: TopCote Potato. That is in essence a mix of coated and uncoated potato fertilizers. ...
9/20/2017

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Japanese govt to subsidize increased production of processing potatoes

It is reported in the Japanese press that the country?s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will apparently support increased production of potatoes used for potato chips ...
9/20/2017

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No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

On Friday (15 September), the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) confirmed its final decision to extend anti-subsidy duties on exports of EU-manufactured potato starch for another ...
9/19/2017

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Canada: Alberta, feds back new Lethbridge potato processing plant

The federal and Alberta governments are set to cover over $22 million in costs related to the construction of Cavendish Farms? new potato processing plant at Lethbridge. The two levels ...
9/19/2017

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Bio-sector in the Netherlands band together in effort to find sustainable solution for potato late blight

In the Netherlands, Aldi and Lidl recently signed a covenant titled ?Accelerated transition towards resistant/robust potato varieties?. Signees also include Albert Heijn and Jumbo ...
9/19/2017

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Dutch investors eyeing potato farming opportunities in Bangladesh

The Dutch potato industry is showing a keen interest to invest in potato farming in Bangladesh, aiming to increase the production and enhance commercial cultivation of potatoes in ...
9/18/2017

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Research: Straw mulch increases potato yield and suppresses weeds in an organic production system

Scientists at the Dept of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US grew late and early maturing potato cultivars under two organic management systems using straw ...
9/18/2017

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Great British Menu chef to promote Northern Irish spuds

Potato producers in Northern Ireland have recruited Great British Menu contestant Mark Abbott to help grow sales through the industry?s Mighty Spud campaign. The initiative, launched ...
9/18/2017

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Webcast: Management practices for corky ringspot

The Plant Management Network has released a presentation by Michigan State University professor of nematology, George W. Bird, on management practices for corky ringspot This is a ...
9/18/2017

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Northwest European potato production expected to increase by 13,5%; quality good

La France Agricole reports that the quantity and quality of the Northwest European potato crop is expected to be good this year. According to NEPG, the Northwest European Potato Growers? ...
9/17/2017

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Belgium: VDH Concept launches new packaging with net structure perforation

VDH Concept, a Belgian company specializing in retail packaging for potatoes, vegetables and fruit, has recently introduced SQ Pack, a new packaging with a net structure perforation. ...
9/17/2017

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US: Despite dry season, Maine potato crop looks good

As the potato season in Maine is coming to an end, John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist for the University of Maine is reflecting on the season and what the harvest might ...
9/16/2017

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Inventure Foods sells frozen division to Oregon Potato Company

Inventure Foods, Inc, an American specialty food marketer and manufacturer, has announced it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement for the sale of its frozen business ...
9/16/2017

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China extends anti-subsidy rights on imported potato starch from the EU

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has decided to extend the anti-subsidy duties levied on imported potato starch from the EU for five more years, starting on Saturday. Potato starch ...
9/16/2017

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UK: Late blight pressure at independent Eurofins trials site

A surge in late blight pressure on the independent Eurofins trials site in Derbyshire has developed into one of the best tests of potato blight fungicides for many years. One trial, ...
9/15/2017

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Smaller crop size, good quality for Idaho potato growers

The 2017 Idaho potato harvest got under way in the earliest fields in the days immediately following the ?Great American Eclipse? on Aug. 21. It might also have appropriately been ...
9/15/2017

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UK: Tyrrells raises crisp quality with 2M automation spend

Tyrrells has completed a 2M capital investment at its factory at Leominster in Hertfordshire ? a move designed to improve the quality of its vegetable crisps and drive growth in the ...
9/15/2017

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Big issues coming home to roost for Ireland?s potato growers

If you ever venture over to Eastern Europe, you will find that when the good citizens there are looking for a quality starch food to go with their meat and vegetables, they don?t talk ...
9/15/2017

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A New Zealand agritech startup helping US potato farmers just listed on Australian Securities Exchange

A tech company that helps farmers improve crop yields will list on the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday. CropLogic has raised the $8 million it sought in an IPO, and said ...
9/14/2017

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US: Demand for specialty potato products may lead to Bushmans? expansion

For Bushmans? Inc., and other Wisconsin growers, the potato crop this fall is looking very good. Mike Carter, CEO of Bushmans?, based in Rosholt, WI, said very wet spring conditions ...
9/14/2017

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Farmers in Japan?s Nagasaki Prefecture step up efforts to grow more spuds

Potato growers in Nagasaki Prefecture, the nation?s second-largest spud-producing region, are pinning their hopes on a new disease-resistant variety to avoid another crop shortage ...
9/12/2017

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Taiwanese french fry suppliers to be checked amid food concerns

Taiwan?s health authorities will conduct stringent checks of potato suppliers after reports that French fries served at fast food restaurants were found with green patches. The scoop ...
9/12/2017

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French fries ? Friend or foe?

That strip of golden goodness, that salty and crisp fried chip of a potato that makes burgers better, steaks superb and, generally, a meal magnificent. That?s what many of us think ...
9/11/2017

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New Zealand: Extreme wet winter conditions devastate potato crops

An unprecedented wet season has caused potatoes to rot in the ground before they could be harvested in some areas in New Zealand, with one Horowhenua farmer losing 100 tonnes from ...
9/11/2017

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A look to the future of the Potato: 10th World Potato Congress event to be held in Cusco, Peru

For the first time, the World Potato Congress (WPC) and the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) will come together in the historic city of Cusco, Peru, from 27th to 31st of May ...
9/11/2017

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Upcoming industry event in the Netherlands is important for Scots potato export market

In recent years exports of seed potatoes from Scotland have gradually increased to the point where they are now worth millions of pounds to the economy. With a view to further promoting ...
9/11/2017

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UK: Potato growers to be targeted by Health and Safety Executive inspections

East Anglia?s potato growers have been urged to step up their accident prevention measures this harvest season ? and to expect visits from safety inspectors. The Health and Safety ...
9/7/2017

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US: Strong markets should reward lowered potato supply

Early estimates suggest that Wisconsin?s potato crop may be down roughly 5 percent this fall. However, if prices hold strong, as they were in late August, the decreased supply is more ...
9/7/2017

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Lamb Weston expects growing demand for frozen potato products in 2018

Tom Werner, President and CEO of Lamb Weston, says that the company anticipates the operating environment to remain generally favorable, with solid demand growth for frozen potato ...
9/7/2017

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Potato mutants: Useless freaks or precious gems?

Mutations are naturally occurring phenomena in all living organisms. Most mutations are harmful in the organisms in which they occur. In seed-propagated crops, such harmful mutations ...
9/5/2017

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Sonar sensors re-purposed to automatically control digging depth during potato harvest

I?m never surprised when a producer takes an existing technology and sees its value in an entirely new way. Such is the case with sonar sensors, originally designed to control boom ...
9/4/2017

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Cornell Nematode Quarantine Laboratory gets $400,000 from USDA

Golden and pale cyst nematodes threaten New York?s $65 million potato industry. To help protect the vegetable, as well as soybeans and other crops that could be harmed by invasive ...
9/4/2017

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Idaho Potato Commission details upcoming marketing initiatives

At the annual Idaho Grower Shipper Association convention, held Aug. 30-Sept. 1, the Idaho Potato Commission reviewed its marketing initiatives and laid out plans for the upcoming ...
9/4/2017

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What?s in Store for Potato Processors at PACK Expo 2017

Bringing together 2,000+ exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from virtually every vertical market, PACK EXPO Las Vegas is the year?s most comprehensive packaging event on the American ...
9/4/2017

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US potato exports hit record levels

The volume and value of all U.S. potato exports ? including a 9% increase in fresh potatoes ? hit record numbers in fiscal year 2017. Potatoes USA reported the gains from July 2016-June ...
9/1/2017

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US: Acreage reduction means better prices for potato growers

Early season potatoes are being harvested around Hermiston in the state of Oregon, and growers are so far encouraged by what they see. ?It?s going to be a decent year,? said Amstad, ...
8/31/2017

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UK: Tesco to fund environmentally-friendly technology to help potato growers

Tesco has announced its involvement in a project to help East Anglian potato growers protect the soil on their farms and the wildlife in surrounding waterways. The project, which Tesco ...
8/31/2017

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Tomato potato psyllid: Researcher warns incursion inevitable on the east coast of Australia

A researcher says it?s inevitable a destructive insect that has threatened tomato and potato crops in Western Australia will make it to the east coast. The tomato potato psyllid feeds ...
8/30/2017

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Ireland: Donegal potato grower battles to save his livelihood

A farmer who has battled for days to save his ?300,000 potato crop after the Donegal floods is hoping he has done enough to save his livelihood, writes Stephen Maguire. Seamus Lynch ...
8/30/2017

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US: Valley Irrigation introduces new center drive motor for pivot systems

Valley Irrigation introduces a new center drive that delivers the perfect combination of speed and power. The new Valley X-Tec advanced DC drive motor uses FastPass technology and ...
8/30/2017

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National Potato Council awards Academic Scholarship for Potato Research

The National Potato Council (NPC) in the US last week announced that Adrienne Gorny, a fourth-year doctoral student in Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University, ...
8/28/2017

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US: North Dakota and Minnesota expect good potato harvest

Red River Valley potato growers generally have avoided serious drought and deluge this growing season. That bodes well for the soon-to-begin 2017 harvest. ?The crop is looking really ...
8/28/2017

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Canada: Growers advised to ensure accurate soil test results and learn what to do with it

The phrase that advises us never to compare apples to oranges should be taken very seriously in relation to soil tests according to Pat Toner, a soil management specialist with New ...
8/26/2017

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Texas potato researcher plans to pack more value into the crop

A new potato scientist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research plans to pack even more value into the commodity through traditional and molecular breeding. Upon arriving in Texas last January, ...
8/26/2017

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Were McDonald?s fries better before the ?90s?

In February, The Ringer website ranked McDonald?s french fries as the third-best fast food item in America. But some think that McDonald?s fries used to be much, much better. On a ...
8/26/2017

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Potato Europe 2017: Industry members invited to vote online and choose Innovation Award winner

The Potato Europe 2017 event will take place in Emmeloord, The Netherlands, September 13 and 14. The organizers of the event now invite potato industry members around the world to ...
8/24/2017

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