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Accessing agriculture's 'big data'.

For several years, farmers have been using technology to measure yields, monitor plant growth, and adjust the application rates for seed, fertilizer and pesticides. These practices are...
3/7/2017

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Australia: Psyllid pest a threat to agricultural exports

Southern Forests produce is stuck in Western Australia after the detection of an exotic pest forced the region?s growers into lock down. While the tomato potato psyllid has been detected ...
3/6/2017

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US: WSU researcher warns Columbia Basin growers against planting too early

While the calendar may be telling farmers it?s time to plant vegetables across the Columbia Basin, mother nature is telling one potato researcher otherwise. Washington State University ...
3/6/2017

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US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced. ...
3/6/2017

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New webcast helps potato growers avoid devastating powdery scab outbreaks

Powdery scab is a difficult disease to manage and can be potentially devastating to susceptible potato varieties under certain environmental conditions. The Plant Management Network ...
3/6/2017

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Potato Chips Market: Global Industry Trends and Forecast, 2017-2022

Chips currently represent one of the world?s most popular snack foods. From its accidental birth in 1853, the potato chips market has evolved with time and currently represents a multi-billion ...
3/6/2017

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Canada: Potato research, processing investment strong in Alberta

Potato research is firmly en-trenched at the Agriculture Canada Lethbridge Research Centre as production expands in the West.
Yves Plante, associate director, said the centre ...
3/6/2017

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Belize, Mexico: Finding a potato solution

Last week 7newsbelize.com reported on the 2.5 million pounds of Belizean potatoes that were in danger of going to waste, because they were unable to compete with the larger, cheaper, ...
3/2/2017

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McCain Foods Limited ? Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

McCain Foods Limited has presence in more than 160 countries worldwide and employs more than 19,000 people. This report is a source of comprehensive company data and information on ...
3/2/2017

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Australia: Psyllid pest a threat to agricultural exports

Southern Forests produce is stuck in Western Australia after the detection of an exotic pest forced the region?s growers into lock down. While the tomato potato psyllid has been detected ...
3/2/2017

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UK: Isle of Ely Produce ventures into fresh washed potatoes

Traditionally known for processed potatoes for the food service industry and fish and chip sector, UK company Isle of Ely Produce, have ventured into the world of fresh washed potatoes. ...
3/1/2017

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US: Growers stand up for potatoes on Capitol Hill

The National Potato Council hosted the 2017 Potato D.C. Fly-In from February 13-16, bringing together more than 150 U.S. potato growers and industry partners from across the country ...
3/1/2017

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New Program Supports Farmers to Use Digital Technologies

The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020), a EUR30m co-funded project by the European Commission, was officially launched in Amsterdam on February, 21 and 22. The partners in the ...
2/28/2017

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New Zealand: Heartland may employ more staff to cope with growing range of chips

Heartland Potato Chips, in Washdyke, New Zealand, will likely have to introduce double shifts to cope with its growing range of products, after the family business has installed new ...
2/28/2017

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US: Uncertainty for seed growers

By Mike Telford ? Chairman, UPGA Seed Division. Commodity prices are in the tank. Fresh table-stock potato returns in the West are a disaster; returns are below production cost for ...
2/28/2017

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US looks to gain back potato market share

A big factor influencing potato demand in the past decade or two has been low-carb diets that eschewed potatoes. But those negative views are changing, according to Blair Richardson, ...
2/27/2017

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Brazil imposes anti-dumping duty on frozen potato from Germany, Belgium, France and The Netherlands

Last week the Brazilian Government has decided to impose an anti-dumping duty on frozen potatoes imported from Germany, Belgium, France and The Netherlands. Brazil is an important ...
2/27/2017

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China: First batch of US seed potatoes to arrive in Jining next month

The office for Inspection and Quarantine in Jining city (Shandong province), recently handled papers regarding the import of seed potatoes for a local agricultural company. The formalities ...
2/27/2017

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Increase of potato acreage in Western and Central Europe

Motivated by the high prices recorded in the previous season, the acreage devoted to potatoes in Western Europe and some countries in Central and Eastern Europe has increased. In the ...
2/27/2017

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Canada: New products available for potato growers in 2017

Aprovia fungicide is a new alternative for the control of verticillium wilt. Aprovia Top fungicide combines difenoconazole (FRAC Group 3) with Solatenol (FRAC Group 7) in order to ...
2/25/2017

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New tool could mean faster tests for Zebra chip disease

A new portable diagnostic tool for identifying the devastating zebra chip disease may bring faster and more accurate results to stem its spread, according to New Zealand scientists. ...
2/25/2017

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Argentina: Entry of Brazilian potatoes causes concern

The National Federation of Potato Producers (Fenapp), which has been affected by the climate and other factors that may have undermined the crop?s development throughout the country, ...
2/25/2017

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Eastern States ban imports from Western Australia after pest found

After the discovery of a destructive pest known as the tomato potato psyllid at a Perth farm, Eastern States banned the import of produce from Western Australia in order to quarantine ...
2/25/2017

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India: Potato growers urge government to waive loans

After claiming to have suffered huge losses after the governments demonetisation move, the Jalandhar potato growers? association (JPGA) on Monday threatened to throw their crops in ...
2/24/2017

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Australia: Potato prices ease as supply recovers thanks to ?close to perfect? summer conditions

Flooding in South Australia, western Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales delayed plantings and damaged crops last year. The subsequent national supply shortage caused potatoes ...
2/24/2017

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This spud?s for you ? a look at Colorado?s potato history

Baked. Fried. Mashed. How have you been enjoying your potatoes? Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture highlights a product in the state, and it chose February to be Potato ...
2/24/2017

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US: Interpreting post-harvest test results

Seed certification is a quality control program that consists of a number of components intended to ensure that specified quality standards are met. One of the more important of these ...
2/24/2017

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UK: PCN picture looks better with ICM approach

Norfolk potato grower, Pete Legge, believes he has finally got a handle on PCN control, with a switch to Nemathorin in combination with a comprehensive ICM agronomy programme that ...
2/23/2017

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Research: Potatoes wild with calcium

Have you ever cut into a potato to find a dark spot or hollow part? Early research shows that these defects are likely the result of calcium deficiencies in the potato ? and that tuber ...
2/23/2017

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New disease crosses the Atlantic

Soon after their spuds were planted in 2014, some growers in the northeastern United States knew they had a problem. Much of the crop didn?t even emerge. Growers were looking at stands ...
2/23/2017

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US: Growers see yield benefits with V+M Solution

Nematodes and diseases can wreak havoc on the most promising of potato crops. A focus on nematode control to increase root health is one way to keep potatoes healthy all season long, ...
2/23/2017

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Canada: Approvia label expanded to include major potato diseases

Syngenta Canada Inc. has announced the expansion of the Aprovia fungicide label to include additional soil-borne diseases affecting potato production, including Verticillium wilt, ...
2/23/2017

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The ins and outs of potato storage

Post-harvest potato storage expert Todd Forbush of Techmark Inc. in Lansing, Mich., says quality potato storage requires just two things: quality storage facilities and quality potatoes ...
2/23/2017

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Improving soil testing accuracy and speed with laser technology

A Canadian company based in the province of Quebec, Logiag Inc., recently received government funding to commercialize a laser-based soil analysis system that replaces the more traditional ...
2/23/2017

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Fast-food potato fries come with ecological impacts

The popularity of Russet Burbank potatoes in North America, grown to meet demand for fast-food french fries, is said to have an ecological impact because their long growing season ...
2/23/2017

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Despite good yields, Punjab potato growers stare at losses

Despite a bumper crop, potato farmers in Punjab are staring at big losses. They have been hit as big- and middle-level traders are not coming to markets to strike the deals. The prices ...
2/20/2017

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UK: Potato grower Isle of Ely Produce enters pre pack market

Cambridgeshire potato grower Isle of Ely Produce has launched a new brand aimed at foodservice and catering suppliers to mark its entrance into the pre pack market. Named Oliver?s, ...
2/20/2017

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The ?Truth? about McDonald?s burger and fries

People may deny it, but there are times when you really crave a McDonald?s burger, fries, or at least a Shamrock Shake. We all know that fast food isn?t really good for you, even if ...
2/20/2017

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After strong growth, South African potato exports down 18%

South Africa is self-sufficient in potatoes. 2015 was an exceptionally good year with a harvest of 250 million 10kg bags, which fell to 214 million 10kg bags in 2016 due to drought ...
2/20/2017

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Are Baked Lay?s potato chips really ?guilt-free?? PepsiCo says so

What do Baked Lay?s potato chips, Simply Tostitos chips and Diet Mountain Dew have in common? They?re all ?guilt-free,? according to how PepsiCo categorizes them. In reporting higher ...
2/19/2017

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India: Demand for low sugar content potato rising

Demand of Malwa grown low sugar grade (LSG) potatoes is increasing at a rate of about 10 per cent per annum by food processing units across India. As per the market estimate, the demand ...
2/19/2017

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Canada: Warmer, drier climate with plenty of variability

Since there is no immediate ?fix? for the weather, Canadian potato farmers have to be ready for change and be adaptable, advises David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment ...
2/19/2017

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Northern Caribbean University to be key player in national potato-growing project

Northern Caribbean University (NCU), an institution operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Jamaica ...
2/18/2017

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First UK deposit in Global Seed Vault

The Commonwealth Potato Collection (CPC), an invaluable repository of potato germplasm held in trust by the James Hutton Institute with support from the Scottish Government, is set ...
2/18/2017

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Acrylamide needs to be regulated at the source, says expert

The EU Commission announced it was going to set maximum acrylamide levels in food last week (Thursday 9), but how can the chemical be managed? Food Navigator spoke to expert Gregor ...
2/17/2017

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Europe, Canada: Could GM potatoes be headed to Europe via CETA?

Could genetically modified potatoes soon be exported to Europe courtesy of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)? The Government of Canada has ...
2/17/2017

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PotatoEurope 2017 ? ?Precision farming in practice?

With seven months still to go, 50 percent of the exhibition space at PotatoEurope 2017 ? the trade show dedicated to the entire potato chain ? has already been sold. The theme of this ...
2/17/2017

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'FailChips' want you to enjoy the 'best' part of potato chips: The crumbs

Many modern-day snackers claim the best part of a bag of potato chips to be the crumbs left behind, after all the chips have been devoured. ?FailChips? is cashing in on that notion ...
2/15/2017

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Australia: Potato producers concerned exotic pest detected in Perth could devastate industry

Potato producers in south-west Western Australia say the detection of the tomato potato psyllid is a ?serious blow? to their industry. The psyllid is known to attack a range of plants ...
2/15/2017

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Punjab: Potato prices dive; growers fear glut, want export nod

AFTER EXPECTING a bumper crop, potato growers of the state are fearing a glut in the peak harvesting season of February and March, coupled with no demand from other states and prices ...
2/15/2017

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