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It takes an industry to identify and solve problems, says recipient of World Potato Congress award

Gary Secor, a professor in North Dakota State University?s Plant Pathology Department, is one of three scientists worldwide to receive the 2018 Industry Award from the World Potato ...
6/20/2018

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Spuds in the Box: New initiative from Potatoes USA targets the meal kit market

To get the word out to this growing market, Potatoes USA recently mailed meal kit inspired materials to 25 leading meal kit companies. The potato filled package included a welcome ...
6/20/2018

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Wall Street rumor: Will Kraft Heinz buy Pepsico?

Kraft Heinz Co., producer of Ore-Ida American brand of potato-based frozen foods, is hungry for a big deal, but can it stomach a fight? ?Based on how quickly they walked away from ...
6/20/2018

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Hot potato fries: A different kind of brain food

A team of international scientists appear to have discovered why hot potato fries/chips are so tasty. Simply put, the brain gets ?hijacked? by the combination of high-fat and high-carbohydrates ...
6/18/2018

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Plant disease diagnostic company expands into the US

Pocket Diagnostic announces the addition of another distributor of its plant disease rapid tests in the United States. Potadaho Seed Services (?Potadaho?) joins the Pocket Diagnostic ...
6/18/2018

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Potato virus Y: Reasons why potato growers should pay attention to this serious disease

Potato virus Y (PVY) is one of the most common problems in potato fields, but can be hard to detect and some people do not recognize it when they see it. With plenty of other things ...
6/18/2018

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Cool move: Albert Bartlett ventures into chilled potato market; set to open new production plant

Albert Bartlett, based in Scotland, is venturing further into the prepared potato market with the development of several chilled potato products. Having already entered the frozen ...
6/18/2018

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British expert provides timely advice on common scab control with irrigation

Recent dry weather in parts of the UK will mean that more and more growers will be thinking about irrigation, which is a vital time for common scab control. Dr Mark Stalham, Senior ...
6/17/2018

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Danish growers in the grip of severe drought; millions of Euros at stake

Danish news site ATL reports that Danish farmers are seriously affected by the ceaseless drought. If the drought lasts as long as in 1992, total losses could rise to millions of euros. ...
6/17/2018

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Western Australia releases latest update on presence of tomato potato psyllid

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Western Australia (DPIRD WA) has released the latest industry update on the presence of the tomato potato psyllid (TPP) ...
6/16/2018

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Kettle Foods to invest 2.7M in facility upgrades

Kettle Foods, the crisp manufacturer, is to invest 2.7m at its Norwich site in the UK to develop a new potato intake building. The new project will see the relocation and upgrade ...
6/16/2018

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Spud think tank: Roundup of the World Potato Congress event in Peru

Tubers were the talk of the town in Cusco, Peru during the week of May 27, when the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the 28th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association ...
6/15/2018

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King of the vegetable tribe in the US: The Spud. Of course?

According to the USDA/ERS (Economicc Research Service) food availability data, Americans consumed an average of just over 156 pounds of fresh and processed vegetables per person in ...
6/15/2018

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McCain trialling multi-species cover crop blend for rotation in Canada?s potato province

Soil organic matter (SOM) has become a popular topic of discussion in the past year in Canada. On Prince Edward Island, still Canada?s largest potato producing province, the issue ...
6/15/2018

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Old foe, new offspring: What do we know about the new, emerging clones of Phytophthora Infestans in Europe?

In an insightful and important article published earlier this week on the EuroBlight website, late blight expert Dr Jens Gronbech Hansen in Denmark asks: What do we know at this time ...
6/15/2018

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Rather safe than sorry: Aussies to release Potato Growers Biosecurity Manual

The Potato Growers? Biosecurity Manual is a guide to farm biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of weeds, pests, and diseases impacting production. It was developed by Plant Health ...
6/14/2018

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Untying the knots: Dutch researchers look at biocontrol of root knot nematodes by increasing soil disease suppressiveness

In organic vegetable cultivation in the Netherlands, root knot nematodes are one of the major problems. According to scientists at Wageningen Plant Research, the problems with root ...
6/14/2018

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US and Indonesia sign market access agreement for US fresh potatoes

On June 5, the United States and Indonesia reached a market access agreement that will allow U.S. fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements. ...
6/13/2018

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Luther Burbank: A tribute to America?s greatest horticulturist

Luther Burbank was America?s most legendary horticulturist. At the turn of the 20th century, he developed hundreds of new fruit, vegetable, and flower varieties, creating marvels such ...
6/13/2018

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Allies in the skies: Drone industry launches into specialty agriculture market

In this well researched, in depth article on the current application of drones in agriculture, Stephen Kloosterman, Assistant Editor at Vegetable Growers News writes that drone scouts ...
6/13/2018

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Breath of Life: How to optimize ventilation in potato storage facilities

?Potatoes in storage are living. It is the job of the storage manager to ensure the crop sustains that life,? writes storage specialist Duane Gorman in the Potatoes in Canada magazine. ...
6/13/2018

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Pick-a-choose your Big Mac: Burger and fry chain to add more customer choice and variety

As McDonald?s seeks to modernize its business, the company is placing a big bet on mobile and other tech platforms, including mobile phones. McDonald?s has been systematically adding ...
6/12/2018

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Ditch the soil: British company claims 50 times higher potato yields with aeroponics technology

Hawk Energy, a knowledge-based business solutions provider based in Dubai with a research and development branch in London, has partnered with British start-up Airponix, which will ...
6/12/2018

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Mission accomplished: Kiremko signs agreement with Indian potato fry processor

During a recent Dutch trade mission to India, potato processing equipment manufacturer Kiremko signed a deal with Hyfun Foods, a potato processor headquartered in Mumbai, India. Dutch ...
6/12/2018

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Million dollar question: Do some potato-growing soils suppress powdery scab?

A research project in New Zealand is determining if different field soils affect development of powdery scab on potatoes, and whether soil physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics ...
6/12/2018

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High tech farming: There is an app for that

As agriculture becomes more high tech, a growing number of farmers are using GPS-equipped machinery supported by platforms that collect data on plants, soil, and weather. Termed ?precision ...
6/11/2018

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?Good potential market?: British seed potato growers look to Cuba to export

British seed potato producers are considering Cuba as an export destination after recent meetings with government officials in the country. While British producers are technically ...
6/11/2018

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Canada?s Alberta province home to a vibrant potato industry

Most people don?t know it, but Alberta is the third-largest producer of potatoes in Canada, after Prince Edward Island and Manitoba. ?Currently we grow about 53,500 acres,? said Terence ...
6/10/2018

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A matter of trust: US potato industry supports national standard for accurate product labeling

The National Potato Council (NPC) in the US joined more than 60 organizations, representing farmers, manufacturers, small businesses and retailers in supporting the Accurate Labels ...
6/10/2018

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Beware the impersonator: Late blight look-alike spotted in southern US

Jean Ristaino, a professor at North Carolina State University with emphasis in research on Phytophthora infestans, provided University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension a report on a ...
6/10/2018

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Sneaking in: Nanotechnology shown to increase penetration rate of nutrients into plants

An innovative technology developed at the Technion, (Israel Institute of Technology, and Israel?s first university) could lead to significant increases in agricultural yields. Using ...
6/9/2018

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Media nonsense exposed: AHDB Potatoes busting myths on potatoes and health in mainstream media

AHDB Potatoes in the UK recently produced a document outlining the truth on the nutritional benefits of the potato. The aim was to ?cut through the noise? and ?bust the myths? on potatoes ...
6/9/2018

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Your potato crop?s nutritional status: Remove the guesswork

Your crop?s nutritional status is dynamic and requires constant monitoring to ensure the production of high yielding, high quality potatoes that are demanded in today?s market. Many ...
6/8/2018

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Elevated: How potatoes went from mountaintops to the moon

The process of freeze drying is easily associated with the space age, thanks to its use in making astronaut food, but it?s older than you might think. The first known use of it dates ...
6/7/2018

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Potato Expo 2019 alert: Innovation Hub now open and accepting abstract submissions

Following a highly successful launch at Potato Expo 2018 in January, the Innovation Hub for Expo 2019 is not officially open and abstracts of presentations can be submitted for review. ...
6/7/2018

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From afar: Remote sensing in potatoes actively investigated for its value

Remote sensing in potatoes is being actively investigated for its value in ensuring a high-yielding, healthy crop. Although in its relatively early stages in Canada, data collection ...
6/7/2018

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Marketing 101: History?s greatest potato promoter relied on science and stunts

Neither prison food nor Prussian food have a great reputation, but during the Seven Years War, the combination made quite an impression on Antoine-Augustin Parmentier. Born in 1737, ...
6/7/2018

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Microbial allies: How soil microbes influence nutrient uptake

Soil is rich with biological diversity and complexity that is not immediately apparent to the un-aided eye. Without a strong microscope, you wouldn?t know that there are hundreds of ...
6/6/2018

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Good news: Dickeya not detected in Scottish seed and ware potato survey

A survey was undertaken in Scotland to monitor seed and ware tuber production in Scotland for the presence of Dickeya spp., in support of Scottish legislation introduced in 2010, which ...
6/6/2018

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UK Spud Watch: Warm May lead to rapid crop growth; blight risk increases

What a difference a month makes ? and if it is dry and relatively sunny, it?s even more pronounced. There has been a flurry of activity all along the Moray firth and after a later ...
6/6/2018

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How soil type affects nutrient readings and management

All healthy soils have similar qualities, like good drainage and a sufficient nutrient supply. But improving the health of your soil is much easier if you know and understand your ...
6/5/2018

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European Commission announces neonic ban dates

The European Commission has announced that the sale and supply of neonicotinoid actives clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam for outdoor use will cease by September 19, 2018 ...
6/5/2018

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Noteworthy: Potatoes the source of innovation boom in Peru

According to the executive director of Cite Papa and other Andean Crops, Celfia Obregon Ramirez, potatoes have stopped being just an agricultural crop and have become a great source ...
6/5/2018

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Posted in Europe, UK, Ireland, Fresh/ Table, News June 2018 Edit Russia lifts ban on Egyptian potato exports from 8 regions

Egypt?s Minister of Trade and Industry Tariq Qabeel said that the Russian authorities have agreed to lift the ban on Egypt exports of potatoes from 8 agricultural areas and to allow ...
6/5/2018

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NL: Newly appointed Managing Director to focus on Nedato?s strategic plan

Dutch potato packer Nedato has appointed Carel van Buchem as Managing Director effective May 28, 2018. Carel van Buchem has broad national and international experience as general and ...
6/4/2018

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Biological fungicide targets powdery mildew, fusarium and phytophthora

BioSafe Systems in the US has released PVent Biological Fungicide through a partnership between BioSafe and Lallemand Plant Care. Due to its active ingredient, a 93 percent Gliocladium ...
6/4/2018

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Tolsma-Grisnich secures order for potato packaging line in China

Equipment manufacturer Tolsma-Grisnich participated in a Dutch trade mission to China during April of this year. One of the highlights of the trip for Tolsma-Grisnich was the signing ...
6/4/2018

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McCain Foods Australia wants to ?shake things up? with new product launch

The newest frozen chip range (frozen french fries) now launched by McCain Foods Australia ? Shake Shake ? takes hot potato chips from the side of the plate to the centre of attention, ...
6/3/2018

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Lamb Weston saves energy with installation of modern refrigeration equipment

Potato processor Lamb Weston recently implemented new refrigeration equipment in its Hermiston plant in the US, which company executives said will save 12 million kilowatt hours annually. ...
6/3/2018

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Dutch experts help Indonesia deal with potato pests

Potato cultivation in the highlands of Indonesia is plagued by a number of pests, including Potato Cyst Nematodes and Phytophthora infestans. Dutch experts are now helping their Indonesian ...
6/3/2018

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