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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
8/19/2017

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New report: Global potato processing market worth $30.85 billion by 2022; frozen segment largest share in 2017

According to information published in a new report ?Potato Processing Market ? Global Forecast to 2022?, published by MarketsandMarkets?, the global potato processing market was valued ...
8/18/2017

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Australia: Potato growers spit chips at ?Galati fight? payout

Western Australia?s potato growers could share in almost $700,000, including a refund of money raised for the since-abandoned legal fight against Tony Galati who grew too many potatoes ...
8/18/2017

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European potato crop progress: Bulgaria crop expected to be down; Poland up

According to a news report published by FreshPlaza, Bulgaria?s potato production will be smaller this year due to adverse weather conditions. Ventsislav Kaimakanov, chairman of the ...
8/18/2017

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Storage Technology: Innovative new sensor nominated for Award

The Tolsma-Grisnich storage technology company developed a unique temperature sensor to measure the temperature at different locations and heights within a bulk potato storage facility. ...
8/18/2017

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China Daily: China and Scotland to build 3 million potato laboratory

ChinaDaily.com reports today that Scottish potato experts have joined forces with China?s potato processor Xisen Potato Industry Group to create a 3 million-pound ($3.87 million) potato ...
8/17/2017

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Global demand for french fries growing; processors expand capacity

In a news story published by the Canadian based potato magazine Spudsmart, it is said that ?hot, convenient and delicious fast food? is what?s driving the growing global demand for ...
8/17/2017

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Irish research project funded to develop nanosensors for quick disease detection

Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Dublin City University and Teagasc are teaming up to research crop disease in Ireland. Backed with a ?1m investment from the Department ...
8/17/2017

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UK: Potato marketing company ?driving marketable yield to achieve greater production?

Professional potato growing has never been analysed as much as it is today in order to produce the right varieties for the right markets and understanding soil is paramount. Driving ...
8/16/2017

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Sweden: Good potato crop expected; consumers view potatoes as healthy

Although some areas are more affected than others, Lars Elofson of Svensk Potatis says that generally there was not much damage to potato crops in Sweden due to the cold weather during ...
8/16/2017

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South African potato sales grow by 24%

From January until July this year, a total of 12.9 million 10kg more bags of potatoes were reportedly sold on South African fresh produce markets than were sold at the same time period ...
8/16/2017

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US: More than 500 potato growers and retailers unite on sustainability initiative

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced their mutual membership and partnership with the Potato Sustainability Initiative (PSI) to align metrics in measuring sustainability issues ...
8/16/2017

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Podcasts of news headlines

The first of future bi-weekly Podcasts was published on Potato News Today, featuring of some of the news headlines for the past two weeks. The narrators for the first Podcast is David ...
8/15/2017

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New International Potato Center facilities in China said to ?mark new era for root and tuber research in Asia?

The new International Potato Center-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) facilities were formalized in an official handover ceremony in Yanqing, Beijing last month. The International ...
8/15/2017

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Ebook published: ?Potato virus Y ? Biodiversity, pathogenicity, epidemiology and management?

This Springer publication is said to be a timely overview of several decades of research on PVY, one of the most important plant viruses that will appeal to a broad academic audience ...
8/15/2017

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Portugal: Potato growers express frustration and desperation because of low producer prices

Many potato growers in Portugal reportedly have their hands in their hair because of the low producer prices currently paid for their potatoes. According to a news story published ...
8/13/2017

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Dry weather has Maine potato growers hoping for rain

August is a critical month for the growth of potatoes. With harvest occurring in September, at this time the potato fields already have blossomed and the tubers start to grow from ...
8/13/2017

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Japanese snack maker Calbee to stabilize output by growing potatoes in rice fields

Japanese snack maker Calbee is increasing the amount of the crop it grows in rice fields. Paddy-field potatoes are mainly grown in Kyushu, Japan?s southernmost main island, but Calbee ...
8/13/2017

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British growers warned to stop early season PCN damage to ensure even potato emergence

Potato Cyst Nematode feeding activity on potato crop roots can severely delay emergence and, in pest hot-spots, result in patchy crops that never catch up, warns Syngenta Technical ...
8/13/2017

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AHDB official: ?Brexit could be a mixed blessing for potato sector?

While the wider potato industry might be much less exposed to some of the post-Brexit trade risks which could be disastrous for other sectors of agriculture, the industry still faces ...
8/12/2017

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Australia: Simplot?s top potato grower of the year believes in quality over quantity

Keepng things simple but doing it well has proved a winning strategy for potato grower Ian Page. Mr Page was named Simplot?s top potato grower of the year at the company?s annual awards ...
8/12/2017

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