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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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How the bottom line is tied to wastewater treatment for processors

This article looks at some real-world, win-win situations for treating wastewater and identifies some of the compelling reasons for food and beverage processors (including potato processors) ...
2/15/2017

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University of Idaho to grow nuclear potato seed program

University of Idaho has hired a new director for its nuclear seed potato program and plans to build additional facilities to help her expand production. The planned investments; which ...
2/15/2017

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NL, Europe: ?Good demand for industrial potatoes?

?There is a tension in the potato market. On the one hand, cultivators do not want to ?let go? of their ?regular? table potatoes at too low a price for export, and on the other hand, ...
2/13/2017

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India: Environmentally friendly bags made from potatoes

They look like plastic bags but are made of materials like natural starch and vegetable oil derivatives. If placed in a glass of water at normal temperature, an EnviGreen bag dissolves ...
2/13/2017

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UK: Winter Forum focuses on industry challenges

Brexit, blight and the future of the potato industry led the discussion at this year?s Winter Forum at Harper Adams University (26 January 2017). The forum was an excellent opportunity ...
2/13/2017

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Potato prices rise in the UK

UK potato prices are currently up 30% year-over-year (y-o-y), due to a decline in production, as potato output in the UK for 2016/17 fell 5% y-o-y to 5.2m tonnes, 2% below the five-year ...
2/13/2017

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Bangladesh: Potato growers suffer from lack of gov?t. incentives

While potatoes usually play a significant role in the export market of Bangladesh, this season the Bangladeshi potato sector has been in a rut. According to Saifur Rahman of the export ...
2/12/2017

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Real-time harvest quality data helps potato profits

Potato growers are using technology and real-time data to get the most money for their crop. Madhu Jamallamudi is an analyst with AgroMetrics, and works with growers to make use of ...
2/12/2017

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Canada: Islander produces trap to prevent potato-eating wireworm

An Islander has heeded the call to mass manufacture a trap to fight P.E.I.?s wireworm pest. Ralph Yeo said he decided to start producing the wire trap after reading about its invention ...
2/12/2017

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The Debunker: Are Most Nutrients in a Potato Really Found in the Skin?

Great news, everyone ? the Idaho Potato Commission has named February as its official Potato Lovers? Month! In the commission?s own words, this is a time to ?explore Idaho Potato ...
2/10/2017

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Canada, US: Chips gone wild

In the summer of 2015, Peter and Chris Neal were in the heart of barbecue country ? Texas ? talking about a distinctly Canadian dry-rub: Montreal steak spice. The co-founders of Toronto-based ...
2/10/2017

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McDonald?s adding new french fry flavor just for Japan

To succeed in the Japanese fast food industry, you?ve got to continually present people with new reasons to come through your doors. Just rolling out new main dishes isn?t enough, ...
2/10/2017

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Pepsico to support potato cultivation in Myanmar

PepsiCo identified Myanmar (Burma) as a potential hub for growing potatoes, thanks to its rich, fertile lands and favorable climate. The company undertook a comprehensive approach ...
2/10/2017

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Idaho potato industry makes progress against diseases

The head of Idaho?s potato seed certification program says growers appear to have made progress in controlling bacterial ring rot challenges, and their potato virus Y infection rates ...
2/10/2017

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Volm Companies? Matt Alexander Talks Light-Blocker Half-N-Half Bags

One of the many goals I have seen across the board in fresh produce, is the mission to find better ways to extend shelf-life through innovation. When it comes to the potato category, ...
2/9/2017

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Canada: Little Potato Company chooses Linkfresh solution

The Little Potato Co, based in Edmonton in the western province of Alberta in Canada, has chosen Linkfresh Inc. to provide its enterprise resource planning system. ?The Linkfresh ERP ...
2/9/2017

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US: NASS adds nearly 1 million cwt. to North Dakota potato production estimate

In January, USDA-NASS made large adjustments in fall potato production estimates in both North Dakota and Minnesota. North Dakota gained 960,000 hundredweight (cwt.) while the Minnesota ...
2/9/2017

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Australia: Fast growing fresh cut potato market

The Australian potato industry has been suffering from a short supply recently, but according to reports this week things are about to improve as the crop comes on line. South Australia, ...
2/9/2017

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Sweet potato demand soars in Europe

Europe?s appetite for US sweet potatoes is continuing to grow, according to statistics released by the American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute (ASPMI). he European market imported ...
2/9/2017

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Jersey Royal Company boosts yields by switching to controlled release fertiliser

Switching to a controlled release fertiliser (CRF) has boosted the Jersey Royal Company?s yields by eight per cent, the potato grower has reported. The Agromaster CRF fertiliser, which ...
2/9/2017

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