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US: Potato researchers gather to find solutions for the blackleg disease

Researchers from all over the world were in Bangor, Maine for the ?2017 Dickeya and Pectobacterium Summit?, organized by the University of Maine Extension. They are trying to find a way to stop the blackleg potato disease that could threaten the potato industry. According to Steven Johnson, UMaine cooperative extension professor: ?This is not an emerging problem. This is an existing one we are trying to get ahead of. The pathogen may rot the tubers in the field. It may produce 20 to 80 percent less yield in the field. It may rot the potatoes in storage.?
11/24/2017

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Simplot partners with Spanish biotech company to enhance nutritional properties of potatoes

Iden Biotechnology ? a Spanish biotechnology company ? and J.R. Simplot Company, a potato processor and developer and marketer of Innate GMO potatoes, recently entered into an agreement to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment of the potato. As part of the agreement, Iden will identify promising genes for potential use in Simplot?s proprietary Innate biotechnology platform.
11/24/2017

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British processed potato exports rising; fresh potato sales continue long-term downward trend

Great Britain processed potato exports are up by 24%, while imports are also up by 5%, according to AHDB GB Potatoes Market Intelligence 2017?2018 report. Net import of fresh potatoes reached 54,000t, up by 22%, while seed exports have increased 3% and exports are down by 60%. ?Although this comes as no surprise, due to the poor yields achieved on the continent in the previous year, seed was in very high demand and was reported to be fetching upwards of EUR/1,000/t for certain varieties,? according to the report.
11/24/2017

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EU potato production trends

High prices in the 2016/17 season have motivated growers in most Western European countries to expand their potato acreage, which in the EU-5 amounted to about 579 thousand hectares in 2017; an increase of 4.6% compared to the previous year. The acreage also grew in the Scandinavian countries. In 2017, the total potato production in the EU-28 has grown from 56.9 to 62.0 million tonnes, up by 9%, largely due to an increase in Poland?s potato production (by about 1 million tonnes).
11/24/2017

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ESN ?smart nitrogen? controls release rate of nitrogen

Potato growers know their crop doesn?t grow like every other crop out there. When it comes to nitrogen uptake, they?re an entirely different animal from grains, oilseeds and other crops. Potatoes like to have nitrogen in steady supply, but that?s complicated by the fact that each seed piece contains enough nitrogen for the plant for approximately the first 40 days of growth. After that, they rely on what can be found in the soil. That means conventional nitrogen that is put down early won?t be used, leaving it to leach into the surrounding environment. Enters ESN ?smart nitrogen?, whose polymer coating prevents nitrogen loss when potatoes are using less, but provides the steady release of nitrogen they crave after that initial 40-day period.
11/21/2017

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Belgium to join Indonesian food expo to boost fries exports

The Belgian Potato Trade and Processing Industry Federation (Belgapom) will take part in the major Indonesian food expo SIAL Interfood 2017 to be held at the Jakarta International (JI) Expo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta from Wednesday to Saturday, in an effort to boost its frozen-potato sales. Belgapom representative Wouter Trybou said it was part of a two-year campaign to boost exports of Belgian fries.
11/20/2017

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GRIMME presents brand new 4-row self-propelled potato harvester

GRIMME presented their brand new 4-row self-propelled VENTOR 4150 potato harvester at the Agritechnica 2017 event, complete with a 15 tonne unloading bunker. The crucial element of this 530 hp harvester is the integration of the proven ?SE-principle? ? a combined separating device, consisting of conveying, lifting and sieving webs, including the separation of vines and weed by a wide-meshed deviner web. This principle is nowadays standard for both 1-row and 2-row potato harvesters.
11/20/2017

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Idaho spud harvest meeting brings mixed message

It was a mixed message of good news and caution that Frank Muir delivered Tuesday to Idaho?s potato growers at the Idaho Potato Commission?s inaugural The Big Idaho Potato Harvest Meeting 2017. At the top of the list of major news for Idaho?s potato industry is the recent launch by Lamb Weston of frozen retail products called Grown in Idaho. ?I?ve been working with the processors for many years trying to get one of the major processors to do just this,? Muir said.
11/20/2017

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Idaho Potato Commission takes steps to address quality concerns

The Idaho Potato Commission is collaborating with researchers, major buyers, growers and shippers to address recent quality concerns about some of the state?s fresh potato shipments. Much of the discussion during IPC?s Nov. 14 Big Idaho Potato Harvest Meeting, hosted at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center, focused on the need to reduce bruising and other imperfections in fresh shipments. IPC President and CEO Frank Muir explained the commission is partnering with Walmart and a major food service buyer to learn more about the causes of quality problems, in response to an increasing number of customer complaints since the 2015 harvest.
11/19/2017

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US: Promoting potatoes as athletic fuel

Recently, Potatoes USA received approval to spend money toward research with the goal of launching more proactive campaigns around potato nutrition. Instead of reactively combating negative health claims against potatoes, Potatoes USA will more actively promote potatoes as part of an active lifestyle, including for high-performance athletes.
11/19/2017

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Australia Spud King giving away free potatoes across Perth

Perth?s spud king Tony Galati will be giving away 200 tonnes of potatoes this weekend. Mr Galati says it is his way of thanking Perth families for their support over the potato deregulation decision. ?We?re gonna give away 100 tonnes of spuds each day ? 100 tonnes on Saturday and 100 tonnes on Sunday,? he said. For 20 years, Perth?s potato rebel fought against strict controls on the growing and selling of potatoes, and this time last year the war was won. ?Any grower can grow potatoes, they can grow what varieties they want,? Mr Galati said.
11/18/2017

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UK: AHDB Agronomists? Conference gets more interactive

To encourage dialogue on pressing agronomic challenges, the 2017 AHDB Agronomists? Conference promises to be the most interactive yet. Taking place on 5 to 6 December 2017 at Peterborough Arena, opportunities to discuss new ways of working will be provided and speakers will showcase how research is becoming more connected ? from the lab to the field. For the second year running, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds will combine forces with AHDB Potatoes and the full two-day programme is now available from the conference web pages.
11/18/2017

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Video: New Mexico State University researchers conduct field trials of South American potato, papa criolla

New Mexico State University is collaborating with U.S. Department of Agriculture research geneticist Kathy Haynes to conduct field trials of the South American potato, papa criolla, that she has breed to grow in the United States. White-fleshed potatoes typically grown in the United States are low in carotenoids that act as antioxidants for healthy eyes. The most well-known carotenoid is beta-carotene found in carrots.
11/17/2017

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India: With 40% cold stores in Punjab flooded with old crops, potato glut likely this year too

Potato farmers in Punjab are headed for another season of dwindling profits because the cold storage facilities are still flooded with old crop. Satbir Singh, deputy director of horticulture, said nearly 40% cold stores are filled with old crops at present. With this, farmers are likely to face a glut in the market. The last few years have witnessed a surplus production of potatoes in the state but this has not been promptly transported to other states.
11/17/2017

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Report: Asia-Pacific Processed Potatoes Market

Asia-Pacific Processed Potatoes Market 2017 Research report contains a qualified and comprehensive analysis of the processed potato market. The report provides an overview of the current processed potato business scenario along with an evaluation of the processed potato industry. Geographically, the report split Asia-Pacific into several key Regions (Southeast Asia, Australia, India, Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan), with revenues, sales, market share and growth rate of Processed Potatoes for these regions.
11/17/2017

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New tools for growers to be launched at British Potato 2017

British Potato 2017 is an occasion for launching and introducing working tools for growers. The event takes place in Yorkshire Event Center, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, UK, during November 22-23. For example, Fera, an international center for interdisciplinary in investigation and problem solving across plant and bee health, will present a new in-field diagnostic tool for potato nematodes. On the other hand, AHDB Potatoes will launch a tool which allows growers and those in the supply chain to examine data on price, variety, planted area, market sector and yield.
11/16/2017

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Worst harvests in living memory for Northern Irish potato farmers

Northern Irish potato farmers are experiencing one of the worst harvests in living memory, according to a farming union. The long stretch of wet weather that has blighted Northern Ireland has meant that fields have been virtually inaccessible until recently. Some growers have only been able to get into their fields for the first time this month, explained Ulster Farmers? Union (UFU) potato chairman Robert Sibbett.
11/16/2017

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Canada: How McCain Foods keeps its family-business feeling at global scale

?Would you like some fries with that?? If you said yes?anywhere in the world?odds are one in three you were served a McCain Foods french fry. Not an insignificant accomplishment for a family of potato farmers from the small village of Florenceville, New Brunswick province in eastern Canada, who built the world?s largest manufacturer of frozen potatoes. Founded by Harrison and Wallace McCain, as well as their brothers Andrew and Robert, in 1957, McCain Foods Limited celebrated its 60th anniversary this year by investing more than $1 billion into its plants and facilities.
11/16/2017

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Potato diseases: War and peace, Verticillium style

Insights into the complex relationship between potato plants and this pathogen are helping to advance development of resistance cultivars. Verticillium dahliae, a soil-borne fungus, causes wilt, yellowing, necrosis and early dying in potato. This yield-robbing pathogen is tough to manage, has a broad host range, and is known to survive in the soil for up to about five years. Potato cultivars with improved resistance to Verticillium would be a great tool for growers.
11/14/2017

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Mahindra, Dewulf sign licence agreement for potato planting equipment in India

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd), part of the USD19 billion Mahindra Group, headquartered in Mumbai, India, today announced a licencing agreement with the Dewulf group in Europe to manufacture and market Dewulf?s potato planting equipment in India. Under the aegis of this agreement, Mahindra will work with the Dewulf Group to bring its potato planting technology to the Indian market. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd President, Farm Equipment Sector Rajesh Jejurikar said, ?Our licencing agreement with the Dewulf Group will allow us to bring the latest planting technology to potato farmers in India.?
11/14/2017

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US: Students dig in to help create new value from potatoes

Sterman Masser is eyeing a new spot in the grocery store?s produce department: the ready-to-eat, precut fruits and vegetables section. The national supplier is building upon its history of innovation to solve several problems. For example, cut potato flesh browns in 10 days ? a fraction of the shelf-life of a raw, whole potato. Students in Penn State?s College of Agricultural Sciences are working on finding solutions to that problem
11/13/2017

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US: Report shows lower Northwest spud production

Potato production was down throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2017, driven by acreage reductions in Idaho and lower yields in Washington and Oregon, according to a Nov. 9 USDA report. USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated Idaho?s 2017 potato production at 131.325 million hundredweight, down nearly 8 million hundredweight from the 2016 harvest. Idaho?s average yield, estimated at 425 hundredweight per acre, was down by 5 hundredweight from the previous year.
11/13/2017

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UK: New Potato Data Center said to be game-changer for growers and the supply chain

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board?s (AHDB) new Potato Data Centre (PDC) gets underway later this month. The tool, which allows growers and those in the supply chain to examine data on price, variety, planted area, market sector and yield, will be available from November 22 when it debuts at the ?soil-to-shelf? potato industry event, BP2017, held in London.
11/13/2017

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Potato Expo 2018 to help children in need

Potato farmers who attend National Potato Council?s upcoming Potato Expo 2018 in Orlando, Fla., will also be helping to feed children in need. Potato Expo is scheduled for Jan. 10-12 at Rosen Shingle Creek, and will be followed by the NPC?s annual meeting Jan. 12-13. NPC will solicit donations from guests at the event, aiming to fund at least 2,000 Hi-Five Kids Packs, which are provided by Second Harvest of Central Florida to keep children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches fed during weekends and breaks.
11/10/2017

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Research: Sequenced potato genomes could speed development of disease-resistant varieties

Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. The modern spuds found in today?s kitchens are genetically complex tetraploid potatoes, having four times the regular number of chromosomes. Potatoes? complex genome harbors an estimated 39,000 genes. (In comparison, the human genome comprises roughly 20,000 genes.) From the large gene pool, researchers identified 2,622 genes that drove the crop?s early improvement when first domesticated.
11/10/2017

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Agritechnica 2017: Companies to presents latest technologies for cropping and storing

For seven days, between November 12 and 18, at Agritechnica 2017 In Hanover, Germany, high-caliber manufacturers and service providers will present new brand concepts and innovations in the cropping and storage sectors. The potato storage specialist Omnivent is launching a new line of OmniFans with the Permanent Magnet (PM) engine techniques, which presents many advantages such as improved sustainability and energy efficiency. Tolsma-Grisnich will also be present at this event.
11/9/2017

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Study shows global climate warming could seriously effect Peru?s potato crop

A trio of climate scientists have shifted their forest research techniques to the rural farming regions of the Peruvian tropical Andes and the warming impact on two dietary staples of Latin America ? potatoes and corn. Their findings, published last month in the journal Global Change Biology, are grim. ?For these crops, which are representative of other crops grown in the tropics, it?s a damned if you do, damned if you don?t outcome,? said Kenneth Feeley, a tropical biologist at the University of Miami and a study co-author.
11/9/2017

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The binning of edible potatoes costs UK GBP230m a year

Households bin a ?staggering? 5.8 million potatoes every day in the UK costing the nation 230m a year, figures from waste advisory body WRAP have revealed. Up to 1.7 million tonnes of potatoes are bought in the UK each year, yet almost half ? 46 per cent or around 730,000 tonnes ? end up being thrown away in UK homes, according to the WRAP-run Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
11/8/2017

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Idaho sees lower potato yields but good quality

The weather didn?t always cooperate during Idaho?s 2017 potato-growing season, but in the end, producers turned out high-quality potatoes around the state. ?There is a lower yield this year, primarily driven by too much cold and too much heat at the wrong times,? says Frank Muir, president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). ?Growers are good at what they do, but Mother Nature has the last word.?
11/8/2017

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Increased trade in HZPC certificates during stock trading day

The value of the share certificate of Dutch based potato breeding and seed company HZPC was pegged at ?182.20 after the bi-annual stock trading day in November 2017. Once more, this means a 10% increase in the value (the maximum allowable increase) and brings the market value to ?142.8 million, according to a press released issued by the company. On this last stock trading day, 11,000 certificates were traded ? more than twice as many as in previous years. With a certificate value of ?182.20, the value of the HZPC certificate has risen fifteen times by the maximum of 10% since May 2010.
11/8/2017

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US: RPE to feature new product innovations at Fresh Summit

What?s new in the fresh potato category? From RPE, Inc. a new potato item, a unique approach for commodity product and fresh innovations that add value for both consumers and retailers alike. New featured item: SteamPak Mini?, for the health conscious and on-the-go consumer, is a single-serve package of fresh potatoes. Microwaving in four minutes for a great snack or side dish, SteamPak Mini has no additives and addresses a trend toward smaller pack sizes and a desire from consumers to reduce food waste.
11/8/2017

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Cavendish Farms opens new potato storage facility in Canada

Cavendish Farms opened its new potato storage facility in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, Canada ? which will mean the company can supply potatoes year round. The new facility is 88,000sqf and has a refrigerated potato storage capacity of 48 million pounds. Cavendish Farms is using the Dutch based Tolsma System, which will allow the company to maintain consistent quality potatoes all year for use at its two processing plants on the island.
11/7/2017

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Lamb Weston unveils new $200 million potato processing line

Whether waffle-fried or straight-cut, call Richland a french fry capital. This morning, Lamb Weston unveiled its new $200 million expanded processing line for frozen potato products. The line will double the Richland plant?s capacity to 2 million pounds a day of frozen fries. The 290,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art expansion will added another 150 jobs to the Tri-City economy. Lamb Weston has produced frozen fry products in Richland since 1972. With the new line, the plant now has the combined capacity to produce an estimated 600 million pounds of frozen potato products annually. .It sources most of the potatoes it processes from within 60 miles, making it the region?s largest buyer of locally-grown.
11/7/2017

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Fast food restaurants driving increased demand for frozen potatoes in Japan

A recent report issued by the USDA?s Foreign Agricultural Service in Japan (FAS/Tokyo) forecasts a substantial recovery of Japanese potato production in MY 2017/18 to 2.315 million metric tons, largely restoring production to pre-typhoon levels. Strong growth in Japan?s fast food and restaurant sectors, drove increased demand for frozen potato products such as french fries.
11/7/2017

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Europe: Latest NEPG figures show higher potato harvest estimate

North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates the actual harvest at 28.9 million tons (brut weight) for the 5 countries (Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the UK). This is more than the estimate issued by NEPG last September . NEPG stresses that especially in Great Britain and The Netherlands there are still at least 10-15% of total planted area to be harvested ? mostly under wet conditions.
11/7/2017

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British firm Levity CropScience appoints Egyptian distributor

Lancashire-based Levity CropScience has appointed a distributor in Egypt, eyeing new sales opportunities for its ?smart fertilisers? in the Middle East and North Africa. The company says its products are well suited to helping improve crop production in arid climates, and in Egypt their focus will be on major export crops, including grapes and potatoes. The Egyptian distributor, United Group of Agencies Agricultural Development Co, will market Levity?s full six-product range: Lono, Lono Plus, Sulis, Albion, Indra and Damu.
11/6/2017

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UK: Branston?s Italian spuds return to Tesco

Branston?s Italian new potatoes are back in Tesco stores for a seventh season. The spuds, grown in the Puglia region by Giuseppe Distaso, are being sold in 400 Tesco stores for five weeks. They represent the final seasonal new potato of the calendar year. Branston is suppliying more than 300 tonnes of the crop to Tesco, with shoppers able to purchase loose or in a 750g bag. ?Our research shows that shoppers engage with new-season potatoes as they appreciate their fluffy skins and fresh taste,? said George Christoudias, sales and marketing director at Branston
11/6/2017

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US: Potato crop looks promising as Red River Valley wraps up harvest

It?s too early to say exactly how many potatoes the Red River Valley will produce this year, but it looks much more promising than 2016, the head of an area growers organization said. The potato harvest wrapped up last week in North Dakota and is 97 percent complete in Minnesota, according to information released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That beats out last year, when farmers struggled to get into the fields because of heavy rain.
11/3/2017

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British Potato 2017 event plots UK role after Brexit

BP2017 Potato Industry Show is a potato gathering from seed to supermarket, taking place November 22 to 23, in the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom. The British Potato show has taken on an added dimension as the first show since the UK?s decision to fundamentally change its relationship with Europe and its trading focus with the rest of the world. ?The challenges and opportunities of Brexit, the global role for UK seed and technical lessons from around the world, all feature strongly in the official seminar program at the event,? says show organizer Steve Wellbeloved.
11/3/2017

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Australia: Hope for seed potato exports to Egypt

Western Australia?s potato growers and industry representatives have joined forces to investigate a 10,000-tonne seed potato export agreement with Egypt as a way to reinvigorate the industry. A delegation will travel to Egypt before the end of the year to discuss the proposal. Egypt is the world?s biggest certified producer of imported seed potatoes and supplies about 100,000 tonnes annually to Europe. ?They have four plantings each year in Egypt and have some trouble sometimes, which is where we would fit in,? Mr Moltoni said.
11/3/2017

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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato crop average to below average, but good prices expected

Prince Edward Island?s potato harvest is down to its final few hundred acres. P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald estimated Monday there are probably fewer than a dozen growers with potatoes still in the ground. If the weather co-operates, he figures they?ll all wrap up this week. Despite the dry weather, Donald said some growers, especially in eastern P.E.I. and some parts of central P.E.I., are reporting average yields.
11/3/2017

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Egypt says Jordan to lift import ban on Egyptian potatoes

Jordan has lifted a ban on imports of Egyptian potatoes it imposed over a year ago due to brown rot, Egypt?s Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates agreed to lift bans on Egyptian agricultural imports like lettuce and onions put in place due to concerns of pesticide residues.
11/2/2017

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Maine potatoes are on a roll

Maine Farmers Exchange reported that despite a dry growing season, the state has another good-looking potato crop this year. ?Yields vary widely and are dependent on variety and planting dates,? said Bob Davis, president of MFX, based in Presque Isle, ME. ?Some are finding poor yields on non-irrigated ground where they had early varieties planted; they just did not get enough water at the right time. We anticipate good quality with perhaps a smaller profile on some varieties and normal on others.?
11/2/2017

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India: ITC launches new Farmland brand, to sell potato based products

ITC Ltd has forayed into the fresh fruits and vegetables market under the ?Farmland? brand of products by launching value-added potatoes such as low sugar potatoes, potatoes with antioxidant, baby potatoes and French fry potatoes. The company claims these potatoes are naturally low in fat and sugar with fat content below 0.2% and sugar level below 2% respectively. ITC plans to work with the Indian Council for Agricultural Research ? Central Potato Research.
11/2/2017

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Meet the makers of Idaho?s biggest potatoes

Chris and Sharolyn Schofield have carved a unique niche in the art world ? making colossal sculptures of Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes. Though the Weiser couple has thus far avoided the spotlight, their creations are recognized nationwide. Tens of thousands of onlookers witness the dropping of their giant, glowing potato in downtown Boise each New Year?s Eve. And the 6-ton spud they created for the Idaho Potato Commission?s Great Big Idaho Potato Truck has traveled about 150,000 miles, visiting 7,200 cities while promoting the Idaho brand.
11/2/2017

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New season of Australian baby potatoes auction for $1 million per tonne

Attendance at the Annual Potato Industry Dinner at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide on Friday night exceeded all expectations. Opened by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, the auction of new season baby potatoes, the only one of its kind in Australia, resulted in a final bid of a very impressive $10,250 by Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce. This was for 10 kgs so that means these very special potatoes actually sold for $1.02m per tonne. This was a just a little shy of last year?s record of $11,000 set by The Mitolo Group.
11/1/2017

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Stats show New Zealand potato prices nearly doubled in the last 10 years

The price of potatoes in New Zealand has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to Statistics New Zealand. In 2006, potatoes cost $1.10 a kilo, that had risen to $2.10 in September this year. Potato prices hit a 10-year high of $2.25 a kilo in January this year. Retail price of potatoes in New Zealand. Potato prices hit a 10-year high of $2.25 a kilo in January this year. Unseasonable weather created planting and harvesting problems this month, leading to a shortage of potatoes used for crisps. Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Chris Claridge said last week that potato farmers we?re about 20 per cent behind on planting across the country because of wet weather.
11/1/2017

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Canada: Prince Edward Island Potato Board unveils new TV ad

The P.E.I. Potato Board has unveiled it?s new advertisement which will play on TV and online. Greg Donald, general manager of the board, said the video advertisement is something the board has considered for a long time, and now it can showcase P.E.I. potatoes to the world. ?The potato industry is an important part of P.E.I. and who we are ? it?s an important part of the economy, our culture our scenery,? Donald said. ?There?s fewer people that are involved in the industry, there?s fewer people involved in agriculture. We want to take every opportunity we can to engage with those who aren?t involved in the industry.?
11/1/2017

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New attachment from Grimme reduces damage during potato sorting

Grimme has released a new transfer aid that minimises the risk of damaging potatoes during handling. The SoftFlow combs, which can be fitted to new and existing conveyors, have elastic, polyurethane ?fingers?. Because of the constant movement and high elasticity of the fingers, debris such as stones, lumps or weeds cannot get trapped. The SoftFlow combs are imported and sold in Australia through Landpower.
11/1/2017

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Research: Examining potatoes? past could improve spuds of the future

The old adage of looking to the past to understand the future certainly applies to improving potatoes. Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. Robin Buell, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Plant Biology, shows potential genetic keys that could ensure the crop will thrive in the future. ?Worldwide, potato is the third most important crop grown for direct human consumption, yet breeders have struggled to produce new varieties that outperform those released over a century ago,? Buell said.
11/1/2017

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