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Belgium: VDH Concept launches new packaging with net structure perforation

VDH Concept, a Belgian company specializing in retail packaging for potatoes, vegetables and fruit, has recently introduced SQ Pack, a new packaging with a net structure perforation. According to Jan van den Heuvel, owner of VDH Concept bvba, ?Allowing net structure perforations is a new way of packaging and is suitable for a lot of products, including potatoes and onions, but also citrus and bulbs. As the small holes in the foil let air in, the product is better able to breath and it extends the shelf life. There are different designs of the packaging available.
9/17/2017

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US: Despite dry season, Maine potato crop looks good

As the potato season in Maine is coming to an end, John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist for the University of Maine is reflecting on the season and what the harvest might bring in a news item by WABI TV5. ?If growers didn?t irrigate this year in Aroostook County, yields might be a little lower, but the quality should be good and if they were able to irrigate timely, I think they?ll do just fine,? John Jemison said. While most of Maine has experienced drought like conditions, that?s not necessarily the case for all regions. However, no matter what crop farmers are trying to grow, most have felt the brunt of a dry August, especially potato farmers.
9/16/2017

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Inventure Foods sells frozen division to Oregon Potato Company

Inventure Foods, Inc, an American specialty food marketer and manufacturer, has announced it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement for the sale of its frozen business to Oregon Potato Company, for total cash consideration of USD50m. This strategic transaction is expected to be completed this month. Terry McDaniel, CEO of Inventure Foods, says ?We intend to use the proceeds from the transaction to further reduce our debt and improve our overall financial flexibility in order to allow us to focus on continuing to grow our leading snack business as we finalize our strategic review.?
9/16/2017

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China extends anti-subsidy rights on imported potato starch from the EU

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has decided to extend the anti-subsidy duties levied on imported potato starch from the EU for five more years, starting on Saturday. Potato starch imported from the EU is subject to anti-subsidy rights ranging from 7.5% to 12.4%, based on the Ministry?s decision announced on 17 September 2011. The latest decision came after a review launched a year ago concluded that China?s potato starch industry could be harmed if anti-dumping duties were dropped.
9/16/2017

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UK: Late blight pressure at independent Eurofins trials site

A surge in late blight pressure on the independent Eurofins trials site in Derbyshire has developed into one of the best tests of potato blight fungicides for many years. One trial, designed to mirror the Euroblight categorisation under UK conditions and native blight strains, has underlined the importance of the rating, along with some interesting developments during 2017, reported Syngenta Potato Field Technical Manager, Douglas Dyas. This year one trial protocol tested 13 different fungicides with single product use at weekly application right through the season; ?infector? rows between plots were inoculated with strains of blight and managed to induce high blight pressure across the site.
9/15/2017

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Smaller crop size, good quality for Idaho potato growers

The 2017 Idaho potato harvest got under way in the earliest fields in the days immediately following the ?Great American Eclipse? on Aug. 21. It might also have appropriately been called the ?Great Idaho Potato Eclipse,? since the path of totality swept across about 90 percent of the state?s potato production regions, and those outside of the path of totality still witnessed a 97 percent eclipse or better. The 2017 Idaho potato harvest got under way in the earliest fields in the days immediately following the ?Great American Eclipse? on Aug. 21. Potato farmers in Idaho saw below-cost pricing for their efforts during much of the 2016-17 marketing year due to a large 2016 crop and an abundance of small sizes.
9/15/2017

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UK: Tyrrells raises crisp quality with 2M automation spend

Tyrrells has completed a 2M capital investment at its factory at Leominster in Hertfordshire ? a move designed to improve the quality of its vegetable crisps and drive growth in the category. The investment has increased the level of automation during manufacture, which will reduce the amount of manual handling or number of ?touchpoints?, resulting in less breakage of the crisps and bigger, whole pieces of vegetable crisp in the packs, said a Tyrrells spokeswoman. The crisps are now about 40?50% larger than those previously made, she added.
9/15/2017

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Big issues coming home to roost for Ireland?s potato growers

If you ever venture over to Eastern Europe, you will find that when the good citizens there are looking for a quality starch food to go with their meat and vegetables, they don?t talk about the potato, but reach for the ?Irish potato?. This is an example of the strong relationship we as a nation have to this basic of foodstuffs. You would think that with this strong relationship, at the very least, we would have a supply chain of potatoes that would be at least comprehensive, if not vibrant and progressive. Alas this is far from the case.
9/15/2017

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A New Zealand agritech startup helping US potato farmers just listed on Australian Securities Exchange

A tech company that helps farmers improve crop yields will list on the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday. CropLogic has raised the $8 million it sought in an IPO, and said it was even offered $1 million on top of that during the offer period. Forty million ordinary shares will be issued at 20 cents each, and the business will have a market cap of $25 million. The New Zealand ?internet of things? agriculture tech company, established in 2010, uses on-field sensors connected via wireless and satellite channels to collect data such as soil moisture and temperature, and rainfall, alongside other information to give farmers a predictive analysis of their efforts.
9/14/2017

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US: Demand for specialty potato products may lead to Bushmans? expansion

For Bushmans? Inc., and other Wisconsin growers, the potato crop this fall is looking very good. Mike Carter, CEO of Bushmans?, based in Rosholt, WI, said very wet spring conditions will cost Wisconsin a small percentage of its potential 2017 potato acreage. However, the surviving acreage is fine, especially given weeks of ideal weather this summer. ?The crop seems a little behind, but every week we let it go (by delaying harvest) it is bulking up.? Carter said Bushmans? specialty shed, built in recent years to pack specialty potato products ? may be expanded this season to help meet strong demand.
9/14/2017

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Farmers in Japan?s Nagasaki Prefecture step up efforts to grow more spuds

Potato growers in Nagasaki Prefecture, the nation?s second-largest spud-producing region, are pinning their hopes on a new disease-resistant variety to avoid another crop shortage of the kind that halted sales of chips and other snack products this year. The prefecture plans to expand the cultivation of the new variety as demand driven by popular takeaway items such as fries and croquettes continues. According to the Japan Snack Cereal Foods Association, the volume of potato chip shipments in Japan rose by over 30 percent between 2004 and 2016.
9/12/2017

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Taiwanese french fry suppliers to be checked amid food concerns

Taiwan?s health authorities will conduct stringent checks of potato suppliers after reports that French fries served at fast food restaurants were found with green patches. The scoop of green-tinted potatoes was first posted online by a user of PTT, the largest terminal-based bulletin board system (BBS) in Taiwan. He wrote that his tongue felt weird when he was eating potato wedges at McDonald?s and he found there was a green tint in the food.
9/12/2017

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French fries ? Friend or foe?

That strip of golden goodness, that salty and crisp fried chip of a potato that makes burgers better, steaks superb and, generally, a meal magnificent. That?s what many of us think and feel about the French fry, frites or Belgian frieten, writes Andre Erasmus. But is it so, particularly the ?golden goodness? part? Not according to the European Union and many food scientists. Acrylamide, says the EU, is ?a carcinogenic substance that forms from naturally present free asparagine (amino acid) and sugars during high temperature processing, such as frying, particularly in potato-based products?.
9/11/2017

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New Zealand: Extreme wet winter conditions devastate potato crops

An unprecedented wet season has caused potatoes to rot in the ground before they could be harvested in some areas in New Zealand, with one Horowhenua farmer losing 100 tonnes from a single paddock. Opiki potato farmer, Mike Moleta has been working his family farm for two decades, and his father for six decades before him. He said that in all that time they had never experienced weather so extreme. The potatoes, planted on their Opiki farm during October last year, were due to be harvested from April onwards.
9/11/2017

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A look to the future of the Potato: 10th World Potato Congress event to be held in Cusco, Peru

For the first time, the World Potato Congress (WPC) and the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) will come together in the historic city of Cusco, Peru, from 27th to 31st of May 2018. According to WPC President and CEO, David Thompson, the two oganizations have agreed to stage a dual congress that will benefit the potato industry in South America and globally. The event is themed A look to the future of the Potato. It will showcase and celebrate the Andean origins of the potato.
9/11/2017

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Upcoming industry event in the Netherlands is important for Scots potato export market

In recent years exports of seed potatoes from Scotland have gradually increased to the point where they are now worth millions of pounds to the economy. With a view to further promoting this trade, British potato exporters will next week attend the Potato Europe event in Emmelord, Holland. With more than 250 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors from around the world, Potato Europe is seen as a key marketplace for the GB potato sector.
9/11/2017

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UK: Potato growers to be targeted by Health and Safety Executive inspections

East Anglia?s potato growers have been urged to step up their accident prevention measures this harvest season ? and to expect visits from safety inspectors. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding producers of the importance of managing risks to workers during the potato harvest as it launches its latest inspection initiative. Inspectors will be making unannounced visits to farms that grow, pick and process potatoes during the next few months to ensure risks during the harvesting season are being controlled and measures are in place to protect farmers and their workers.
9/7/2017

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US: Strong markets should reward lowered potato supply

Early estimates suggest that Wisconsin?s potato crop may be down roughly 5 percent this fall. However, if prices hold strong, as they were in late August, the decreased supply is more than compensating for the lost production. Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, based in Antigo, estimated that Wisconsin?s fresh potato crop would be about 27 million hundredweight for the 2017 growing season. The 2016 fresh crop came in at 28.5 million hundredweight. Late in August Houlihan said growers were enjoying great potato prices. ?The market is fantastic now,? he said.
9/7/2017

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Lamb Weston expects growing demand for frozen potato products in 2018

Tom Werner, President and CEO of Lamb Weston, says that the company anticipates the operating environment to remain generally favorable, with solid demand growth for frozen potato products across most of the markets. ?We expect the industry?s production capacity to continue to be constrained, especially in North America. We are confident in our ability to build upon the momentum that we have created, leverage our investments in additional capacity to support our customers, execute our strategies and win in the marketplace to deliver on our outlook for the year,? says Werner.
9/7/2017

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Potato mutants: Useless freaks or precious gems?

Mutations are naturally occurring phenomena in all living organisms. Most mutations are harmful in the organisms in which they occur. In seed-propagated crops, such harmful mutations ? ?freaks? ? are often lost in the cycle of sexual reproduction and selection. The most famous mutant potato cultivar is Russet Burbank, a russeted variant that arose from the smooth-skinned Burbank?s Seedling that was selected by Luther Burbank in 1874.
9/5/2017

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Sonar sensors re-purposed to automatically control digging depth during potato harvest

I?m never surprised when a producer takes an existing technology and sees its value in an entirely new way. Such is the case with sonar sensors, originally designed to control boom height on sprayers. About a decade ago, creative farmers began to realize that, with some modification and a slightly different configuration, sonar sensors could be repurposed to automatically control both digging depth during potato harvest and boom height control during truck loading. The technology improves convenience, decreases tuber damage and improves harvest efficiency.
9/4/2017

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Cornell Nematode Quarantine Laboratory gets $400,000 from USDA

Golden and pale cyst nematodes threaten New York?s $65 million potato industry. To help protect the vegetable, as well as soybeans and other crops that could be harmed by invasive nematode species, the USDA is committing $400,000 in federal funding to the Nematode Quarantine Laboratory at Cornell University. The USDA has made a verbal commitment to provide the funding for a new growth chamber, which includes plans for new equipment and blueprints at the new facility. In October 2016, the facility received $1.2 million for upgrades from the state.
9/4/2017

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Idaho Potato Commission details upcoming marketing initiatives

At the annual Idaho Grower Shipper Association convention, held Aug. 30-Sept. 1, the Idaho Potato Commission reviewed its marketing initiatives and laid out plans for the upcoming year. IPC President Frank Muir took the dais at the Aug. 31 industry breakfast, detailing past successes the commission has experienced. The ?Grown in Idaho? seal that appears on packages of fresh Idaho potatoes will make a debut on the frozen side, said Muir, who announced that Lamb Wesson will launch a frozen retail line bearing that seal.
9/4/2017

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What?s in Store for Potato Processors at PACK Expo 2017

Bringing together 2,000+ exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from virtually every vertical market, PACK EXPO Las Vegas is the year?s most comprehensive packaging event on the American continent. In this exclusive interview with Laura Thompson, senior director of expositions at PMMI, managing editor Dan Orehov discusses the highlights of the event and the specific focal points of interest for the potato industry.
9/4/2017

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US potato exports hit record levels

The volume and value of all U.S. potato exports ? including a 9% increase in fresh potatoes ? hit record numbers in fiscal year 2017. Potatoes USA reported the gains from July 2016-June 2017 on Aug. 29. Sales hit $1.76 billion and volume reached 71.84 million cwt. at their fresh weight equivalent, according to a news release from Potatoes USA. Japan is the largest export market for U.S. potatoes, followed closely by Canada. A total of 680,264 metric tons went to Japan in the past fiscal year, and 635,463 metric tons of fresh and processed potatoes were shipped to Canada.
9/1/2017

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US: Acreage reduction means better prices for potato growers

Early season potatoes are being harvested around Hermiston in the state of Oregon, and growers are so far encouraged by what they see. ?It?s going to be a decent year,? said Amstad, owner of Amstad Farms. ?It started out bad and ended up good.? Not only is quality looking good this year for Columbia Basin potatoes, but so is price, according to Amstad. Thanks in large part to a 15,000-acre reduction in neighboring Idaho, Amstad said the fresh market is looking to bring in about $12 per 100 pounds, which is the best he?s seen in three years.
8/31/2017

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UK: Tesco to fund environmentally-friendly technology to help potato growers

Tesco has announced its involvement in a project to help East Anglian potato growers protect the soil on their farms and the wildlife in surrounding waterways. The project, which Tesco is running with the Broads Authority, is designed to improve farmers? yields and protect the environment. One example of new technology to protect the soil is the so-called ?Wonder Wheel?, which the retailer has funded to make parts of the field, such as where the tractor drives, more water-retentive.
8/31/2017

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Tomato potato psyllid: Researcher warns incursion inevitable on the east coast of Australia

A researcher says it?s inevitable a destructive insect that has threatened tomato and potato crops in Western Australia will make it to the east coast. The tomato potato psyllid feeds on tomato, potato, capsicum, chilli, eggplant and sweet potato crops, and was first found in Western Australia in February. Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture PhD candidate Raylea Rowbottom co-ordinated workshops in Queensland to raise awareness about the pest. ?The biggest problem is that they still don?t know how the psyllid got into the Western Australia area so it?s possible it could turn up at any time (on the east coast),? she said.
8/30/2017

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Ireland: Donegal potato grower battles to save his livelihood

A farmer who has battled for days to save his ?300,000 potato crop after the Donegal floods is hoping he has done enough to save his livelihood, writes Stephen Maguire. Seamus Lynch was left devastated when he arrived at his 125 acres of crops at Porthall in Lifford early on Wednesday morning. A combination of a spring tide and the torrential rain which lashed the north-west left many parts of his lands on the banks of the River Foyle waist-high in water. The experienced farmer knew there was no time to waste and set about sourcing water pumps to get the water off his land in a bid to save his crops which also included barley and corn.
8/30/2017

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US: Valley Irrigation introduces new center drive motor for pivot systems

Valley Irrigation introduces a new center drive that delivers the perfect combination of speed and power. The new Valley X-Tec advanced DC drive motor uses FastPass technology and operates up to twice the speed of a standard, high-speed AC center drive motor. The motor design provides constant torque at any speed, providing growers with unmatched control and additional options to maximize crop yields. The patented alignment technology and robust DC motor keep the pivot moving at a smooth, consistent pace, even over varied terrain.
8/30/2017

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National Potato Council awards Academic Scholarship for Potato Research

The National Potato Council (NPC) in the US last week announced that Adrienne Gorny, a fourth-year doctoral student in Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University, is the recipient of the 2017-2018 NPC Academic Scholarship. Gorny?s work focuses on the quantitative epidemiology of Northern root-knot and lesion nematodes in potatoes. Her research is squarely focused on helping the potato industry make informed decisions about nematode control measures
8/28/2017

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US: North Dakota and Minnesota expect good potato harvest

Red River Valley potato growers generally have avoided serious drought and deluge this growing season. That bodes well for the soon-to-begin 2017 harvest. ?The crop is looking really good in Minnesota, and it looks very good in North Dakota. We?re optimistic,? said Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. As of Aug. 20, the last day for which statistics from the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA are available, 60 percent of North Dakota?s potato crop was rated good or excellent, with 23 fair and 17 percent poor or very poor.
8/28/2017

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Canada: Growers advised to ensure accurate soil test results and learn what to do with it

The phrase that advises us never to compare apples to oranges should be taken very seriously in relation to soil tests according to Pat Toner, a soil management specialist with New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture (NBAFA) in Canada. ?A standard test will measure water pH, buffer pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulphur, but you need to ensure a couple of things are in place for the results to be accurate and useful,? Toner explains. ?You can also have a micro-nutrient analysis done, but these results are harder to relate back to the crop and it?s better to do a tissue analysis for that.?
8/26/2017

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Texas potato researcher plans to pack more value into the crop

A new potato scientist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research plans to pack even more value into the commodity through traditional and molecular breeding. Upon arriving in Texas last January, Dr. Isabel Vales was quick to put down roots both in her greenhouses near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station and hundreds of miles away where potatoes are grown in the northwestern part of the state. Vales said she is nearing a point of developing a plan to help take Texas potato farmers to the next level of production and market efficiency. Vales said consumers also will play a role in her plans, because of their desire for traits such as healthy components and a trendy preference for smaller potatoes.
8/26/2017

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Were McDonald?s fries better before the ?90s?

In February, The Ringer website ranked McDonald?s french fries as the third-best fast food item in America. But some think that McDonald?s fries used to be much, much better. On a recent episode of his podcast Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell uncovered a change that McDonald?s made in its fries in 1992. Were the fries better before then? Gladwell and Joe House discussed the change on the latest episode of House of Carbs.
8/26/2017

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Potato Europe 2017: Industry members invited to vote online and choose Innovation Award winner

The Potato Europe 2017 event will take place in Emmeloord, The Netherlands, September 13 and 14. The organizers of the event now invite potato industry members around the world to vote for one of the 5 finalists in the Innovation Award competition. The organizers received a total of 26 entries for the Award and the following 5 were chosen as finalists, based on the criteria of innovation, market potential, inventiveness and sustainability: BASF for 1,4SIGHT, JASA for 2-in-1Pack, Weststrate for MagGrow, Solentum for Solgrader, Tolsma Grisnich for 5M Temperature Sensor.
8/24/2017

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Potatoes South Africa?s annual Congress to focus on value chains

According to Potatoes South Africa, it is of great importance that stakeholders in the food value chain produce that what will satisfy consumers? tastes and preferences at affordable prices ? and that also rings true for the potato industry. During the upcoming Potatoes South Africa Congress, experts in different potato value chains will share ideas on what is required of the potato industry to remain relevant and grow the demand for potatoes and potato products in South Africa. The Congress will be held on September 28 in the OR Thambo Hotel in Gauteng province.
8/24/2017

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UK: Promising weed-control alternative to fill gap when linuron is withdrawn

According to an AHDB press release issued today, early results from a four-year crop protection research project in the UK have identified metobromuron as having potential to fill the gap that will be left for many vegetable growers when the herbicide linuron is withdrawn from use in June 2018. Linuron has been a mainstay of potato production for the past 25 years, with 65% of ware crops receiving treatment according the 2014 Pesticide Usage Survey. Metobromuron is being tested to increase understanding of its use and performance as part of AHDB Horticulture-funded SCEPTREplus trials.
8/24/2017

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Avebe has started up its potato starch plants for another season

The potato season of cooperative Avebe got under way. The start of the season is in line with previous years and the season will continue to around the middle of April 2018. During that period, potatoes from approximately 2,400 Dutch and German members are processed into potato starch and potato protein. These basic ingredients will be processed further into high-grade raw materials for the food sector and industrial applications.
8/22/2017

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Vertical Farming: The farm of the future?

As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources. Vertical farming is one solution that?s been implemented around the world. Vertical farms produce crops in stacked layers, often in controlled environments such as those built by AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey. AeroFarms grows a variety of leafy salad greens using a process called ?aeroponics.?
8/22/2017

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Rwanda to set up two new potato processing plants and boost production

It is said to be a new dawn for Irish potato growers in Rwanda following the signing of a multi-million dollar deal between government and a Nigerian firm to develop the country?s Irish potato value chain. The five-year project worth $120 million (Rwf102 billion) involves the building of two potato processing facilities; one for frozen French fries, and another to produce potato products for the export market. The target is a production capacity of 10 million tonnes of potatoes by the fifth year of the project, officials said. When it starts operations, it will process 80,000 to 100,000 tonnes of potatoes making frozen French fries, and potato flakes and crisps.
8/22/2017

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Driverless ?robo-tractors? coming soon to Japanese potato and rice fields

Greying farmers, a rural exodus and low food self-sufficiency have thrust Japan?s biggest agricultural machinery manufacturers into a national race to build a driverless tractor, according to a report by the Financial Times. It is said that the quest to perfect the ?robo-tractor? is strongly encouraged by the Japanese government at the highest level, and is viewed as a way to stem the slowdown of Japanese agriculture. The first commercial generation of these tractors is expected to go on sale to many potato, rice and vegetable farmers on the islands of Hokkaido and Kyushu next year ? at a cost of about 50% more than the cost of regular tractors.
8/21/2017

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What can caterers do to rehabilitate the potato, cash in on its plus points?

In an article written for The Caterer, author Anne Bruce writes: ?The potato may not enjoy the health kudos of other vegetables, but caterers can turn its enormous versatility and widespread popularity to good account by developing premium products that boost consumer spend. Where would a restaurant be without potatoes? ?So what can caterers do to rehabilitate the potato, cash in on its plus points and get maximum value from potato-based products?? Bruce interviewed spokespeople from several leading potato companies in the UK and Ireland on their viewpoints.
8/21/2017

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Ireland: Produce wholesaler signs ?70m potato deal with Aldi

Independent.ie reports that a Kilkenny-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler has signed a deal to provide Aldi with ?70m worth of Irish-grown potatoes over three years. Under the new agreement, Iverk Produce will supply Aldi?s 129 Irish stores with 27,000 tonnes of locally-grown rooster, white and salad potatoes annually, representing a significant increase in the quantities Iverk Produce currently supplies to Aldi?s stores. Based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Iverk Produce employs over 190 people from the local community full-time, in addition to a further 30-40 seasonal workers.
8/21/2017

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Applied Research: Ground-penetrating radar could help producers dig potatoes early

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station. Hays? latest project utilizes ground-penetrating radar to select early maturing potato cultivars, which can help producers make harvest decisions and increase water-use efficiency. His project is in coordination with AgriLife Research and the department of horticultural sciences potato breeding program conducted by breeders Dr. Creighton Miller and Dr. Isabel Vales, both at College Station. ?We know radar will work on potatoes,? Hays said.
8/20/2017

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Study: Consumers in Spain prefer fresh potatoes; buy potato products also via e-commerce channels

According to a news story published by the Spanish website Argenpapa, consumers in Spain bought a total of 1,32 million kilos of potatoes during March 2016 and March 2017 ? 6.3 million kilos more than in the same time period for the previous year. This translates into an increase of 87 million euros. A study done by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment in Spain found that consumers prefer fresh potatoes, a segment that represents more than 70% of total potato consumption, or 22 kilos per person annually.
8/20/2017

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Idaho growers report ?significantly? lower yields in early harvest

Potato industry officials report yields are down significantly as Western Idaho growers commence with their early harvest of Russet Norkotahs for the fresh market. Growers statewide anticipate having more average production during their general harvest in a few weeks, as the crop will have time to continue progressing, though they don?t expect to approach last year?s record volumes. They expect tuber quality will vary dramatically from field to field, based on site-specific conditions during a prolonged heatwave this summer.
8/20/2017

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Grimme to present new machines at Potato Europe 2017 event

During the Potato Europe 2017 event on 13 and 14 September in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, GRIMME will present a large number of new potato machines developed by the company. For the first time, Grimme will introduce the VARITRON 470 Platinum, a new generation of 4-row self-propelled harvesters powered by a 435 HP engine and equipped with a non-stop 7-ton Bunker hopper. One of the strengths of this machine is the improvement in driving comfort. The new ErgoDrive control concept is said to make direct and quick access to all functions easier.
8/19/2017

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Scottish potato seed sector battles with blackleg

Major players in Scotland?s seed potato industry, as well as myriad public sector organisations and the Scottish Government, are teaming up to fund new research into the devastating crop disease, blackleg. According to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), blackleg caused the downgrade of 8% of Scottish seed crops in 2011. The disease spurs the soft rot of potatoes and can even kill off entire potato plants. In addition to the Scottish Government, the 242,000 research project has been sponsored by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, with McCain Potatoes Ltd, Greenvale AP, Cygnet Potato Breeders Ltd, Agrico UK Ltd, APS BioControl Ltd, HZPC, Caithness Potatoes Ltd, Branston Ltd, and Techneat Engineering also supporting the study.
8/19/2017

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Research breakthrough: Novel way to convert potato waste into ethanol

Researchers in Penn State?s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future, and also add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the peelings and potato residuals from a Pennsylvania food-processor, researchers triggered simultaneous saccharification ? the process of breaking down the complex carbohydrate starch into simple sugars ? and fermentation ? the process in which sugars are converted to ethanol by yeasts or other microorganisms in bioreactors.
8/19/2017

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