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Pest quest: New program soon to be launched to monitor potato psyllids in Canada

A new monitoring and surveillance program will be launched in the spring of 2018 for potato psyllids in Canada?s Alberta province. Thomas McDade, agricultural director, Potato Growers ...
3/13/2018

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Researchers find rotations with Brassicas consistently reduce soil-borne diseases in potatoes and improve yields

If you?re dealing with some tough soil-borne diseases as a potato grower in North America, adding canola, mustard or rapeseed to your potato rotation could help. That important finding ...
3/13/2018

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Lays-PepsiCo sees huge opportunities for premium potato chips in Argentina

While Argentina?s salted-snack consumption is low at one kilo per person compared with the nine kilos in the US in 2017, the market has plenty of potential, says Pablo Garca, general ...
3/13/2018

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West Australia potato farmers pin hopes on negative psyllid tests to regain market access

Potato farmers in West Australia (WA) could see Eastern States? markets reopen in the near future which are still closed to WA following the tomato potato psyllid outbreak last year. ...
3/13/2018

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Colombia questioned about anti-dumping rules against Dutch potato sector

The Netherlands has appealed to the European Commission (EC). They want the Commission to address the Colombian authorities about their anti-dumping regulations against the Dutch potato ...
3/12/2018

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New study finds that potato plants can be primed to tolerate heat stress

Potatoes are particularly vulnerable to increased temperature, considered to be the most important uncontrollable factor affecting growth and yield. Elevated temperature is known to ...
3/12/2018

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New European regulation on acrylamide: What manufacturers should know

A new EU regulation on acrylamide is setting benchmark values in several categories that will affect the bakery and snacks sectors. Peter Mller, technical service manager, Food, at ...
3/12/2018

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Potato Cyst Nematode results: How reliable are yours?

So your Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) tests have come back negative. Good news?or is it? That largely depends on how the land was sampled and how the samples were analysed. Scottish Agronomy?s ...
3/12/2018

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Potato marketing trends in the US for 2018

In this article, The Packer magazine provides a bird?s eye view on marketing trends as reported by several of the big players in fresh potato marketing and promotion in the US. Demand ...
3/12/2018

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US fresh potato exports show double-digit growth

Led by double-digit growth in Canada and Mexico, U.S. fresh potato exports soared 17% in value last year. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics reveal 2017 U.S. fresh potato exports ...
3/10/2018

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Trendy Chips: New report shows spicy and unusual flavors big hit

Snacking is expected to witness increased consumer preference in the coming years. Facts regarding the growing shift towards snacking is revealed in a new research report added to ...
3/10/2018

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Nab the Scab: South African specialist?s views on how to deal with a nasty potato disease

Powdery scab of potatoes is a serious disease that is a thorn in the side of many a potato grower around the world. This is also the case in South Africa, one of the biggest potato ...
3/10/2018

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France: ?Potato market is facing challenges?

Touquet Savour is a big player on the French potato market. The company represents 30 producers and annually produces 25,000 tonnes of potatoes. Alexis Dequidt, from Touquet Savour: ...
3/10/2018

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Zebra chip pathogen found in Canada?s Alberta province

Zebra chip disease, which causes harmless but unsightly stripes in potato chips, costs producers millions of dollars annually in New Zealand and the United States. Now the zebra chip ...
3/9/2018

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Wind farms positively impact crops, study says

Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them. The overall effects on crops growing in ...
3/9/2018

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New product to offer ?greater efficacy against tuber-borne Rhizoctonia?

At its annual potato agronomists? conference on 25th January, Bayer launched a new potato tuber treatment ? Emesto Prime DS ? that will be available for British growers to use on this ...
3/9/2018

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Potato industry in New Zealand valued at close to a billion dollars, CEO says

In the latest Strategic Update report issued by Potatoes New Zealand, CEO Chris Claridge writes that the 2017 calendar year values and volumes are now available and the news is very ...
3/9/2018

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Sheltered: Limited impact on potatoes in British stores following cold spell, report says

The latest Potato Weekly report issued by AHDB Potatoes has been published earlier today, and the full report can be accessed on the AHDB website. In the report growers are reminded ...
3/9/2018

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Idaho Potato Commission announces value of 2017 crop: 22,7% higher

Idaho, the United State?s top producing potato state since 1957, reached a new crop high in 2017. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the preliminary estimated value for ...
3/7/2018

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Prices versus plantings: A British potato market insight

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board?s (AHDB) Amber Cottingham analyses the seasonal relationship between price and plantings and asks how potato farmers can apply this ...
3/7/2018

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Combination of mineral oils and insecticides to minimize PVY spread on seed potato farms

The use of mineral oils and a combined approach of mineral oils and crop barriers have been under the spotlight the past number of years around the world as potential practical in-season ...
3/7/2018

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Spore trapping: Another tool in managing potato late blight

According to potato expert Prof Khalil Al-Mughrabi, ‎Plant Pathologist & Adjunct Professor at the ‎Government of New Brunswick in Canada, a more rational approach to late ...
3/7/2018

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Australian potato market opens up in Indonesia after trade discussions

Australian potato growers are winning new access to valuable Indonesian markets after a decade-long campaign opened the potential to export up to 85,000 tonnes of seed potatoes with ...
3/7/2018

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Grocerants and Gen Z: Looking for the future for potatoes

You may not have heard of a ?grocerant,? but you?re almost certainly among the growing number of Americans who have eaten in one. It?s part of a fundamental change in eating patterns, ...
3/6/2018

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Silver scurf: Great name, but bad for spuds

Fans of colorful, alliterative language may like ?silver scurf.? Not Red River Valley potato growers; they see the crop disease as a growing threat. ?I?m getting more questions about ...
3/6/2018

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Potato processor Agristo invests 200 million in french fry factory

Potato processor Agristo has invested 200 million euro in a new French fry factory in Wielsbeke, Belgium. The family business hopes it can break into the global top five this way. ...
3/6/2018

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The Irish Potato Famine ? could it happen again?

Ireland wasn?t always dependent on potatoes, but in the decades leading up to the famine, more farmers started growing potatoes. As a crop, potatoes are inexpensive and high-yielding. ...
3/6/2018

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Eat purple potatoes to cut your colon cancer risk, study finds

Enjoying a diet that includes plenty of vegetables is great for your health, but a daily dose of purple potatoes may help in the prevention colon cancer, according to a new study conducted ...
3/1/2018

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US: RPE chosen as exclusive marketing partner for CSS Farms? Agri-Pack subsidiary

CSS Farms, a multi-state agriculture company producing onions and chip and specialty potatoes, and RPE ? category leader and year-round grower/shipper of potatoes and onions ? announce ...
2/28/2018

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West Australian farmers have lost millions one year on from tomato potato psyllid outbreak

Two West Australian farmers say they have each lost more than $1 million and have been forced to downsize their operations in the 12 months since the tomato potato psyllid was discovered ...
2/28/2018

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Sprout control: A Canadian update on the use of MH and CIPC

Use of the growth regulators MH (maleic hydrazide) and CIPC (chlorpropham) are integral to the potato industry, but there is always room for improvement ? and even new avenues of use ...
2/28/2018

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Reach for your pocket: Rapid tests provide cost-effective solution for potato disease diagnosis

Getting a definitive confirmation of the presence of which disease is affecting a crop is important in preventing a pathogen from becoming a bigger problem. ?An easy way of getting ...
2/26/2018

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Potato Market Update: Lay of the land in Canada

In an interview with Spudsmart magazine, the general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC), Kevin MacIsaac, says that J.R. Simplot?s $40 million processing plant expansion ...
2/26/2018

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Enemies of the skin: Expert shares management guidelines on serious potato blemish diseases

Silver scurf and black dot are potato blemish diseases that are growing in prevalence and economic importance. These diseases are challenging to control and require an integrated effort ...
2/26/2018

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Fighting fit: US spud industry going on offensive, think ?performance vegetable?

The U.S. potato industry likes to describe its product as ?America?s favorite vegetable.? But the industry acknowledges that critics have put potato marketing efforts ?on the defensive,? ...
2/25/2018

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Safe and sound: Arctic seed vault ?key to future global crops?

A special vault has been built in the Arctic to store thousands of seeds as scientists fear the impact of climate change and prolonged conflicts could have devastating consequences ...
2/25/2018

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Outside the box: Organic potato and veggie chips startup Chipsbox goes entirely green

German organic potato and veggie chip snack producer Chipsbox has swapped out its plastic packaging for a biodegradable option to further cement its sustainable and natural stance. ...
2/25/2018

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Fake scare: Your french fries may not be so deadly after all!

On June 13, 2017, AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) released an article titled ?Your Fries May Be Deadly,? by Cheryl Bond-Nelms, stating that a recent study links ...
2/25/2018

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Slippery character: The potato disease that evades consistent control

?Common scab is notoriously difficult to consistently manage with chemical or biological treatments ? varietal resistance needs to be a fundamental strategy in building an integrated ...
2/24/2018

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Eyes in the Sky: ARS scientist on the use of UAV?s for potato research

In this video, Shelley Jansky, USDA ARS research geneticist and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses how she is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles ...
2/24/2018

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US potato exports set record in 2017

Global sales of U.S. potatoes hit a record high in 2017. U.S. potato and potato product exports grew 4.58% in volume and 4.63% in value in 2017 compared to 2016, according to Potatoes ...
2/24/2018

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The takeaway from Ireland?s National Potato Conference

The 2018 National Potato Conference, organised by IFA in association with Bord Bia and Teagasc took place in Dublin, the 20th of March. Here are some of the things participants said ...
2/23/2018

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Courting consumers: Albert Heijn promotes fresh potatoes with new products and packaging

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has introduced a new in-store layout for its potato section, as well as new products, packaging, and detailed information cards ? all in a bid to promote ...
2/23/2018

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Andean potatoes take the world stage, but tough times lie ahead

For the first time in its history, the World Potato Congress will take place in Latin America, the ?birthplace? of the potato. From May 27 to 31 of this year, hundreds of people from ...
2/23/2018

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The Canadian grower who produces organic potatoes on a commercial scale

Organic potato production on a commercial scale is a challenge, but one Canadian grower in the province of Ontario is meeting it. Isaiah Swidersky offers a careful answer when asked ...
2/22/2018

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Irish Farmers Association: ?Potato growers get less than 20% of the price consumers pay for spuds?

Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin heard. Speaking at the National Potato Conference ...
2/22/2018

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Promotional success story: Potatoes are bought once every second in Irish retailers

Speaking at the National Potato Conference 2018 in Dublin, Lorcan Bourke, Fresh Produce and Potato Sector Manager of Bord Bia said that a ?1 million EU-funded promotional campaign, ...
2/22/2018

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Tomato-potato psyllid: Tough times for Western Australian spud growers

West Australian potato growers are still counting the cost of losing market access to the eastern states a year after the tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) outbreak near Perth. Peak bodies ...
2/22/2018

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Hot arrival: Lamb Weston introduces ?Crispy on Delivery? fries

Lamb Weston introduces a solution for fries that arrive hot and crispy via home delivery ? new Crispy on Delivery is a comprehensive solution that goes from store to door. Crispy on ...
2/21/2018

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?Rooted apical cuttings?: Promising technology with potential to boost quality potato seed production

Seed potato farmers in Kenya?s potato growing regions are adopting promising technology with potential to boost quality seed availability. The farmers are using rooted apical cuttings ...
2/21/2018

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