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US: Russet potato supplies are tight, boosting prices

While potato production nationwide in 2017 fell less than 1 percent, things were very different in the Pacific Northwest. Combined production in Idaho, Washington and Oregon this year ...
12/11/2017

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USDA reports North American potato production down slightly

The latest estimate for North American fall potato production is 505 million cwt., down 1% from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Canadian growers harvested ...
12/11/2017

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How the humble potato helped bring peace in war-split Europe

The humble potato brought centuries of relative calm and prosperity to Europe after its introduction in the 16th century, a new study says. The crop, discovered in Latin America in ...
12/11/2017

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Canada: P.E.I. shipping in potatoes to make up for low crop yield

Prince Edward Island has experienced a lower potato crop yield than usual this year and has been forced to ship in spuds from other areas of the country to make up for it.​ The ...
12/10/2017

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Rocketing potato sales in Wales highlights popularity of homegrown produce

Aldi?s potato sales in Wales have risen by a third since the retailer began sales of Welsh potatoes five months ago, highlighting the popularity of homegrown produce in the country. ...
12/7/2017

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UK: Branston field manager scoops AHDB award

Branston?s senior field manager Jim Aitken took home AHDB Potatoes? coveted ?Above and Beyond? award at this year?s BP2017 potato show in Harrogate. The award, which is presented to ...
12/7/2017

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McCain UK opens its own specialty ?Roastaurant? in London

McCain is opening the doors to its own speciality restaurant, the Roastaurant, to celebrate the diversity of one of the nation?s favourite meals. The Roastaurant will provide roast ...
12/7/2017

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Grimme partners with Tomra to create new integrated grading and sorting solution

GRIMME Group announces that it has joined forces with TOMRA, a global leader in food sorting solutions. The partnership will result in the TOMRA FPS (Field Potato Sorter) being integrated ...
12/7/2017

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Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys

More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also ...
12/6/2017

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US: Kettles?s chip bags track potatoes back to farm where they were grown

Kettle Brand potato chip company has started placing Tater Tracker codes on its chip bags for customers to scan and learn about the farmers who supplied the crops for them. The code ...
12/6/2017

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USAID: Potato a means to boost farmers? incomes in Kenya

Under the USAid-funded ?Feed the Future Programme? being implemented through the Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises, we ventured into the potato to increase productivity ...
12/6/2017

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Canadian research looks at the use and loss of nitrogen fertilizer in potato crops

Potato plants need a lot of nitrogen to produce tubers at optimum levels, but with more applied nitrogen comes an increased risk of nitrogen loss to the atmosphere. Guillermo Hernandez ...
12/5/2017

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Demand for complete potato processing lines on the increase, expert says

According to Arjan Brouwer, general sales manager at processing equipment manufacturer Kiremko, the demand for complete potato processing lines has increased over the past few years ...
12/5/2017

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Swiss study finds staggering losses of the potato supply from ?field to fork?

Over 50% of the potato harvest is lost from field to fork, and losses occur in the entire chain, from producers and processing wholesalers, to retailers and consumers. This is the ...
12/5/2017

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New ventilated potato sack helps stop the rot

A jute bag with ?ventilated striping? could help Scottish seed potato exporters minimise bacterial growth during export. European packaging supplier LC Packaging has developed a hessian ...
12/5/2017

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Global potato processors wring efficiency from eco-friendly upgrades

European processors have worked to align themselves with the environmental goals passed by their home countries. Their innovative responses to those new rules have led, in some cases, ...
12/4/2017

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Aqua-Yield revolutionizes phosphorus retention

With drastically improved phosphorus retention and application rates at only 4 ounces per acre, Aqua-Yield introduces NanoPhos, now available for a worldwide release. Established research ...
12/4/2017

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Data leads to smarter center pivot irrigation

Information is one of the most powerful tools growers have in their arsenal ? and the methods we use to gather it are always advancing. These days, growers can gather data about soil ...
12/3/2017

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UK: First SDHI fungicide to control Rhizoctonia said to offer 20% more yield

The first in-furrow SDHI fungicide for potatoes offers farmers another option for controlling Black scurf, caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani, a disease that can slash marketable ...
12/3/2017

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Potato prices slump in India?s Punjab province

Potato prices in India?s Punjab province have plummeted to abysmally low levels leaving farmers distressed. The crop is being sold in the wholesale market at around Rs 2.5 per kg, ...
12/3/2017

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Chile: Potato producers end a complex season

Potato producers aren?t very happy with how the 2016/2017 season ended. High production and low prices were the keynote of the period, according to The Potato Market 2016/2017 Season, ...
12/3/2017

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US: Potato marketers see lower volumes, firm pricing

Tough growing conditions in some regions ? and a wide range of temperatures during harvest ? led to a U.S. potato crop that marketers describe as about average. ?This year we faced ...
12/3/2017

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Study shows advantages of locating next North American potato fry plant in Idaho

Any processor planning to build a new frozen fry plant would be wise to locate it in Idaho, according to a recently completed economics study funded by the Idaho Potato Commission. ...
11/26/2017

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British Potato 2017: Latest technical updates from potato event

The latest potato agronomic developments were showcased and industry concerns aired at BP2017, held in Harrogate, North Yorks. More data is needed to assess and respond to the threat ...
11/26/2017

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US: Retail potato sales inch up for third straight month

In September, the total potato category was up 0.08 percent by weight when compared to the same time frame last year according to numbers from Potatoes USA. The total potato category ...
11/26/2017

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UK: ?Potato Lono? fertilizer promises major yield uplift

Levity CropScience has unveiled new research claiming its product Potato Lono can increase potato yields by up to $1,000 per hectare. The UK-based business said that independent three-year ...
11/25/2017

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French potato production up by 21% this year

The French production of potatoes for consumption amounted to 6,180,500 tonnes in 2017, compared to 5,106,500 tonnes in 2016 and 5,226,000 tonnes in 2015. Thus, in 2017, production ...
11/25/2017

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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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, ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
11/13/2017

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