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Dutch company Farm Frites to build $165m potato processing facility in Kazakhstan

It is reported from Kazakhstan that Dutch based Farm Frites will open a potato processing facility in the Almaty region of the country in 2019. Kazakhstan?s investment promotion com...
4/2/2018

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Unmanned: Drones and robots working together to target weeds

It sounds like a futuristic farming scene, but researchers in central Europe are working on developing an autonomous farming system where drones and robots work together to control ...
3/31/2018

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Old foe on the attack: British growers warned against new, aggressive fungicide-resistant late blight strain

Potato growers in Britain are being warned to change their blight control strategies this season to combat the spread of an aggressive fungicide-resistant strain of the disease which ...
3/31/2018

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Video: Why your controlled release fertilizer didn?t work as expected

In this video, Nelson Gonzalez, Territory / Key Account Manager at ICL, discusses the top 10 reasons your controlled release fertilizer may not have performed as you expected. Fertilizer ...
3/31/2018

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Injury prone: What dicamba damage does to potatoes, and how to fight it

?We have been gathering data to determine what effect dicamba has on seed tubers and potato plants,? according to Andy Robinson, extension research potato agronomist with North Dakota ...
3/30/2018

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New biofumigant crop mix: Turning up the heat on potato cyst nematode

A new summer-sown biofumigant plant mix that offers improved suppression of potato cyst nematode, compared with autumn-sown, overwintered varieties, is being launched this season by ...
3/30/2018

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European organizations looking to find alternative markets for surplus potatoes

The organisations UNPT (National Union of Potato Producers, France), ABS (Algemeen Boerensyndicaat, Flanders) and FWA (Walloon Federation of Agriculture, Belgium) launched a project ...
3/30/2018

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?Global potato demand up, US market share for frozen products down,? says CEO

Worldwide consumption of potatoes is increasing, according to Blair Richardson, chief executive officer of Potatoes USA. ?We?re seeing a reversal of the downward trend in global potato-product ...
3/30/2018

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Large organic potato and vegetable project for APH Group in Russia

APH Group with its headquarters in the Netherlands recently concluded a multi-million Euro contract with a Russian enterprise to deliver machines and installations for the organic ...
3/28/2018

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Canadian potato growers encouraged to participate in Zebra Chip and psyllid monitoring project

The Zebra Chip and Potato Psyllid Survey and Monitoring project in Canada is to survey fields for populations of the potato psyllid, and test captured potato psyllids and symptomatic ...
3/27/2018

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Far more toxic than glyphosate: Copper sulfate, used by organic and conventional farmers, cruises to European reauthorization

Recently, the European Union decided to reauthorize the fungicide copper sulfate, a popular pesticide among organic farmers that has a more toxic rap sheet than glyphosate. Copper ...
3/27/2018

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British potato processing company making food safety a priority

The potato processing firm at the centre of a major product recall in Britain in 2015 has ?radically changed its thinking? and now makes food safety ?the priority in all of its decision-making?, ...
3/27/2018

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US retail shows surprising russet gains; ?mini? potatoes keep climbing in sales

Reversing recent market share erosion, potato category leader fresh russet potatoes showed modest volume gains in July through December. From the middle of 2014 to the middle of 2017, ...
3/27/2018

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Sneaky disease: Potato seed infected with Dickeya, the ?new blackleg? in Canada

Potato seed infected late in the season with Dickeya (?new blackleg? in Canada) usually does not show symptoms in the field before harvest nor in seed storages, experts say. This is ...
3/25/2018

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Biostimulants: ?Feeding a plant additional amino acid acts like a vitamin drink?

There?s no denying that crop protection is becoming an increasing concern for arable growers. From glyphosate to neonicotinoids many crucial controls have come up against scrutiny ...
3/25/2018

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Government chips in cash to get West Australia?s potato industry cooking

West Australia?s struggling potato industry is poised for recovery after the State Government chipped in nearly $750,000 towards expanding processing and exports. Four local growers ...
3/25/2018

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Aviko launches ?hotter, crunchier? new fries

Catering potato supplier Aviko has launched a new line of fries, which it claims stay ?piping hot and crunchier for longer?. The Premium Crunch Fast Food Fries, which cook in just ...
3/25/2018

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British potato packer group hopeful for recovery in potato prices

Produce Investments offered hope for a recovery in UK potato prices from multi-year lows, citing the potential for setbacks to 2018 sowings prospects helping a drawdown in inflated ...
3/23/2018

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Equipment manufacturer Dewulf opens new logistics center in Europe

Dewulf, full-line supplier of potato and root crop equipment, has officially inaugurated its new logistics centre at its headquarters. With the opening of the logistics centre, the ...
3/23/2018

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Potato seed treatment said to help growers start strong with insect and disease protection

Rhizoctonia solani is a pathogen that is often present in soil or on seed tubers and can have a major impact on young plants. It causes diseases such as black scurf and stem canker. ...
3/23/2018

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Wireworms a growing concern for the Canadian potato industry

Wireworm populations appear to be on the rise in Western Canada. Wireworm, which is the larval stage of the adult click beetle, affects many crops, including cereals and pulses, ...
3/23/2018

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Russia blocks two potato shipments imported from Egypt

Russia?s agricultural quarantine authorities flagged two potato shipments from Egypt that were found to be contaminated with potato brown rot. The Ministry of Trade and Industry in ...
3/22/2018

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Canada: University of Manitoba seeking candidates to study potato early dying disease

The laboratory for Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba in Canada is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for training leading to MSc or PhD degrees. Students ...
3/22/2018

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Posted in All the latest News, News March 2018, Trends Edit Idaho Potato Commission launches new video series: Idaho Potato Life Hacks

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has partnered with Ivan Nanney, former member of the Big Idaho Potato Truck?s Tater Team and Cancun.com?s newest Cancun Experience Officer, to create ...
3/22/2018

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Spud planting in Great Britain races to catch up after late start to season

Early potato planting along the Suffolk coast is racing ahead to try and catch up from a wet weather-delayed start with tuber numbers and hence yields feared to be down this season. ...
3/22/2018

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Broad-spectrum fungicide can now be used to control rhizoctonia in potato

Zoxis, a broad-spectrum fungicide from Arysta LifeScience, has been successfully re-registered for use in the UK & Ireland, and can now be used on a wider range of crops. Benefits ...
3/22/2018

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Keeping one step ahead of tuber blight: Experts in Great Britain provide latest results and analysis

The aggressive and fit new blight strains 37_A2 and 36_A2 have been detected as tuber blight in stored potatoes in Great Britain. The latest results and analysis will help the sector ...
3/21/2018

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PhD opportunity: Applications of machine learning to precision potato blackleg prediction

James Hutton Institute in the UK is now offering a unique opportunity for a PhD student to identify the principle drivers of potato blackleg through GIS analysis of historical soil, ...
3/21/2018

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Studies/Reports Edit Video: Newest Strategic Potato Farm in Great Britain aims to maximise quality in store

RJ & AE Godfrey, a mixed arable farm in North Lincolnshire in the UK is the newest Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm. On-farm events will begin in June. The SPot Farm programme up-scales ...
3/20/2018

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For the long haul: South Africas running potato pathology professor chasing after spud diseases

Jacquie van der Waals is not only a professor of potato pathology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa ? she is also a recognized national 10km and cross country runner in ...
3/20/2018

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Data smart: Applying artificial intelligence to the humble spud

?We?re going from precision agriculture to decision agriculture. And we?re trying to drive that revolution,? states Giri Baleri, VP for marketing at Resson, a university spin-out based ...
3/20/2018

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British trials show water conservation product can improve potato yields

Trials have proven that using a water conservation agent can significantly increase potato yields, which could bring in an extra 1,100 per hectare while reducing irrigation water ...
3/20/2018

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New World Bank book on Peruvian agriculture highlights native potato value chains

CIP coordinated the Papa Andina Program that brought together public institutions, businesses and NGOs in Peru in a project called INCOPA, in order to tap the potential of the country?s ...
3/19/2018

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Videos: What soil health testing method could work for you?

Soil testing is an important management practice on all farms, whether growing potatoes or pasture for livestock. It?s nearly impossible to determine what a soil needs to be productive, ...
3/19/2018

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In Victorian Britain, poor rural areas had the best diet and health ? and potatoes were part of it?

It seems counter-intuitive but in the 19th century, the poor were better off than the rich, health and diet wise. A new study found that these rural societies enjoyed a more traditional ...
3/17/2018

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US: Wireless irrigation tool now connects with John Deere Operations Center

Lindsay Corporation has partnered with John Deere to provide growers with more irrigation data. Its pivot telemetry tool, FieldNET will now connect with the John Deere Operations Center. ...
3/17/2018

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A blood test for potatoes

Human blood tests were the inspiration for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researcher Dr. Helen Tai to consider a test for nitrogen levels in potatoes. She wondered if a test ...
3/16/2018

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Kenya, Ireland team up to improve potato farming

The Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya and Ireland have launched a programme to improve potato farming in Kenya. The launch on Wednesday was officiated by Ireland Minister for Public ...
3/16/2018

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Caught in the act: Potato Virus Y rapid tests provide results within minutes

The ?Wireless Spud? (Wireless Potato Node) is a unique device that helps in the identification of the exact locations where potato damage takes place when potatoes are in motion ? ...
3/16/2018

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UK: Water management guide launched with new guidance on common scab control

The updated Seasonal Water Management Guide for Potatoes summarises the latest research findings based on AHDB-funded research projects, and work conducted at Strategic Potato Farms ...
3/16/2018

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Video: Large-scale potato operation innovates to reduce soil compaction

Perry Produce is a large-scale irrigated farming operation based in the southern part of the Canadian province of Alberta. The operation produces, amongst others, processing potatoes ...
3/15/2018

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Soil microbes: Next generation sequencing holds promise for potato sector

?A lot of people are really excited about the work in microbiology because it?s thought that soil microbes could come to our rescue,? said Claudia Goyer, a noted soil scientist and ...
3/15/2018

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Potato production and climate change: Canadian experts have their say

Potato is the most important non-grain crop in the world. So, understanding the potential impacts of climate change on potato production is critical, especially for producers. Throughout ...
3/14/2018

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Blackleg in potatoes: Rapid and effective haulm destruction key to blackleg control

Scientists are getting closer to discovering the origins of blackleg infection in potato seed crops. CPM magazine finds out the latest research findings and how Scottish seed growers ...
3/14/2018

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Potato math: US student wins $250,000 prize for potato blight solution based on mathematical model

According to a CNN report, New York student Benjamin ?Benjy? Firester has won one of the United States? top young science prizes for his research on potato late blight. The 18-year-old ...
3/14/2018

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Potatoes are on an upward trajectory, says Potatoes USA

There are consumers who love potatoes, and Potatoes USA?s fiscal year 2019 will target them. That?s not to say potatoes aren?t popular among all consumers. Board leaders showed how ...
3/14/2018

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APS put spotlight on causal agent of potato zebra chip disease in latest Virtual Issue

The American Phytopathological Society?s latest Virtual Issue focuses on Candidatus Liberibacter, the causal agent of many important plant diseases such as citrus greening and potato ...
3/13/2018

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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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