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New Report: Global market for potato harvesters expected to grow significantly

A report on the global outlook for the Potato Harvester Market sector, ?Worldwide Potato Harvester Market, 2016 ? 2022?, was recently published by AcuteMarketReports.com. According ...
8/12/2017

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US-Mexico Potato Trade Issue: Spanish press reports sharp hike in Mexican fresh potato prices after announcement of import ban

The Spanish language potato news website Argenpapa reports that potato retailers are experiencing a sharp rise in the price of fresh potatoes in certain areas of Mexico, especially ...
8/11/2017

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Potato bound polyphenols: A novel delivery method for gut health?

The ability of polyphenols to bind with different types of potato cells may provide a new means of delivering them to the gut, say researchers. When potato cells were treated with ...
8/11/2017

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Scottish potato seed exporters set to increase tonnage to Brazil and Kenya

Government representatives from Scotland and Brazil met in July to simplify the import classification requirements for seed potatoes. The game-changing meeting was organised and funded ...
8/11/2017

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US: Traceability products to help you track produce

One way to ease the process of a food safety recall is by having detailed records of where each crop has been and who has touched it. In this article published by Growing Produce, ...
8/10/2017

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Why some of the most dangerous potato diseases are successful

All but a few of the plants and animals we?re familiar with have one thing in common: they require oxygen in the atmosphere (or the water) to exist. We refer to these oxygen-dependent ...
8/10/2017

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?The Little Potato Company that could?? ? Canadian specialty company opens first U.S. potato-processing facility

Many parents might recall reading a book to their children called ?The Little Engine that Could,? sometimes over and over again. It?s a story of a small train that tries its best to ...
8/10/2017

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Nielsen research confirms that microwaveable category is strong and leading US brand is outpacing competition

A recent study on the microwaveable/steamable fresh potato segment conducted by Nielsen FreshFacts highlights the continuing positive performance of this segment led by Side Delights ...
8/10/2017

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Acrylamide: Save our fries! Belgians say EU spares national dish

According to a Reuters report, Belgium?s national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls ?French fries?, has been saved. So, at ...
8/10/2017

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Potato fertilization on irrigated soils

Optimum potato growth and profitable production depend on many management factors, one of which is ensuring a sufficient supply of nutrients. There are 14 soil-derived elements or ...
8/7/2017

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US: Newly-signed Wisconsin state laws require growers to use certified seed potatoes, speed response to disease

Some Wisconsin potato growers are applauding new state laws that could help protect against crop disease. Gov. Scott Walker signed two new measures involving the potato industry on ...
8/7/2017

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UK: James Hutton Institute to host next ?Potatoes in Practice? extravaganza

The UK?s leading potato field event, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), will take place at the James Hutton Institute?s Balruddery Farm near Dundee next week. Plant health officials, agronomists, ...
8/7/2017

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The ban on importation of US potatoes into Mexico as explained in article published in the Spanish ag press

The decision by a judge in Mexico a few days ago to prohibit the importation of potatoes from the US received intense attention in ag circles in both countries, and beyond. A news ...
8/7/2017

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Australia: Persistence pays off for Tasmanian seed-potato producer Agronico

Nothing happens quickly in the seed-potato business, but persistence has paid off for Agronico owner Julian Shaw. Mr Shaw, who describes himself as a mad scientist, started the business ...
8/6/2017

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Mexican court bans US potato imports over ?food sovereignty? and spread of diseases

According to an Associated Press (AP) news report, a Mexican federal court has made an unusual ruling yesterday that bans the import of US potatoes on the grounds that the imports ...
8/6/2017

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Potato growth and irrigation scheduling

All plants vary in their water requirements according to their size and growth stage as well as the length of their maturity and time of year of maximum growth. Possibly no other major ...
8/5/2017

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Canada: Latest information released from potato pest monitoring program

A Canadian monitoring program for potato pests has proven very valuable and offered good news for potato growers. The program began in 2013 in cooperation with Scott Meers, an insect ...
8/5/2017

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Canadian officials approve Simplot?s second generation GMO potatoes

Associated Press reports that three types of potatoes genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot to resist late blight are deemed safe for the environment and safe to eat, according to ...
8/4/2017

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US: National Potato Council warns of ?serious threat to the industry? if potatoes are imported from the UK

Last week, the National Potato Council (NPC) in the US provided comments to USDA APHIS on the recent pest risk assessment for the importation of potatoes from the United Kingdom to ...
8/4/2017

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New webcast explores migration research of zebra chip-carrying potato psyllids

Potato growers in the US looking to reduce the likelihood of a zebra chip disease outbreak have been forced to rely on calendar-based insecticide applications due to the unpredictable ...
8/4/2017

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How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism in Great Britain

Many Britons are troubled by reports that as a nation their fondness for sugar and disdain for exercise will eventually bankrupt the NHS. We agree that our poor dietary choices affect ...
8/4/2017

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Potatoes USA Chairman shares vision for industry?s future

At the 2017 Potatoes USA annual meeting, Black Gold Farms COO John Halverson was nominated as chairman. He has been a board member of Potatoes USA, formerly known as the United States ...
8/3/2017

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UK: Inside Walkers ? the biggest crisp factory in the world

This is the seldom-told story of ?The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World?; a vast grey building in Leicester in the UK. This is where seven million bags of crisps are made every day. ...
8/3/2017

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Managing soil health in potatoes

As the experts point out, potato production disrupts the soil in a very aggressive way. The tubers not only need to be dug up for harvest, there are also numerous planting and hilling ...
8/3/2017

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Large-scale potato industry event takes root in Scotland

A one-day technical potato industry event scheduled for next week will see growers, seed breeders, plant health officials, agronomists and scientists come together to discuss the key ...
8/2/2017

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Colorado potato crop looks good, but demand could use boost

The Colorado potato crop looks excellent, but prices are stagnant, raising hopes that the Trump administration?s much-discussed renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement ...
8/2/2017

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McCain Foods appoints Max Koeune as new CEO

Potato products manufacturer McCain Foods has announced that it is appointing Max Koeune to the role of president and CEO, effective 1 November 2017. Koeune joined McCain as chief ...
8/2/2017

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The Farm Where Cows Munch on Potato Chips

IN 1983, JIM HERR, the owner of Herr Food Inc., most famous for its eponymous line of potato chips, had a problem to solve. The state of Pennsylvania was beginning to tighten enforcement ...
8/1/2017

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Lamb Weston reports increased sales, earnings in first fiscal year since spinning off from ConAgra

The Lamb Weston frozen potato business closed out its first fiscal year as an independent business saying it exceeded its financial goals. The results were a ?strong foundation for ...
8/1/2017

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India: Struggling with low prices, demand, farmers to sell potatoes directly to homes

Suffering significant losses due to low market prices and lack of demand, potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh have come up with a new strategy. They will now be going from door to door, ...
8/1/2017

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Potato research grant announced for Colorado State

Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department ...
8/1/2017

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Australia: Agronico opens new purpose-built coolstore for seed potato storage in Tasmania

The new coolstore at Spreyton can store up to 8000 tonnes of seed potatoes and has the potential to service Australia?s seed potato needs, Agronico believes. Agronico chief executive ...
8/1/2017

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Tummers keeps developing its potato processing equipment

As the people are the heart of Tummers, R&D is the backbone. Tummers is continuously working on improving their machinery, the process, service or other aspects to apply to the demands ...
8/1/2017

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?It?s shaping up to be a good year? for Washington State potatoes

Last winter?s heavy snowfall and a wet 2017 spring put Washington potato growers in the fields later than the 2016 season, but reports from the Washington State Potato Commission indicate ...
8/1/2017

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US: Potato farm tour highlights biological diversity

In the heart of prime potato growing country, one San Luis Valley farm has such a worldwide reputation for soil health innovation that a recent field day attracted guests from Canada, ...
8/1/2017

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McCain?s latest Canadian investment takes the company?s capacity spend to over $1 billion

McCain Foods Limited has announced plans to expand its capacity at its plant in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada. This investment will bring additional production capacity to the french fry ...
7/25/2017

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Potatoes seen as healthy product in Sweden

Although some regions were affected more than others, Lars Elofson from Svensk Potatis in Sweden says that overall there was not too much damage to the potato crop from the cold weather ...
7/25/2017

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Belgium: 'Normal harvest of storage potatoes possible, despite drought'

The early potato harvest suffered most from the drought. There was talk of a loss of 15 million Euro a month ago. There is no new figure at this time. ?The potatoes that were in sandy ...
7/24/2017

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Kettle launches a new premium chips range in the United Kingdom: ?Discoveries?

KETTLE is pleased to announce the launch of Discoveries, an exciting new sharing range featuring unique flavour combinations, designed to target the growing couples night in occasion. ...
7/24/2017

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Dutch potato sector accesses Argentinian market

After years of negotiations, the Argentinian border was recently opened for Dutch baby potatoes. The export of in-vitro propagated potato plants to the South American country is also ...
7/24/2017

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Applied research: Method to hit the bull?s eye on crop nutrient requirements

Researchers from Aarhus University have developed a method to match crop nitrogen requirements more precisely than ever before. The method can reduce agricultural nitrogen emissions ...
7/23/2017

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British Potato Industry Award nominations now open

Nominations for the coveted ?British Potato Industry Award? and ?AHDB Above and Beyond Award? are now open. The British Potato Industry Awards celebrates the recognition of those who ...
7/22/2017

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McDonald?s takes on the fast-food dead zone

To lure more mid-afternoon customers, McDonald?s Corp. is rejecting its recent health-food kick and rolling out the sweets: croissants, muffin tops and a new sundae-topping station ...
7/22/2017

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NZ: Mesh cheaper than chemicals in stopping potato psyllid

Scientist Dr Charles Merfield believes he has the answer to solving the problem of the potato psyllid, which costs growers about $10 million a year. Trials using mesh to cover the ...
7/21/2017

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Drones measure nitrogen application in potato farming

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands announced that the ?Toward precision agriculture 2.0? research program has included a group of potato farmers carrying ...
7/21/2017

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US: National Potato Council?s 2017 Potato Statistical Yearbook can now be downloaded online

Download the Statistical Yearbook for 2017 (or read it online). The Yearbook is annually published by the National Potato Council (NPC). You will find overviews of national legislative, ...
7/21/2017

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This is the little-known ingredient which makes McDonald?s fries so delicious

There?s been some recent confusion over what it is which makes McDonald?s fries so special. It turns out that some branches of McDonald?s are serving up fries with a little-known ingredient ...
7/19/2017

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Nottingham University and Pipers Crisps develop science of crisps

Pipers Crisps, one of Britain?s best-known crisp brands, set out to understand more about the science behind their premium products and processes and they turned to food experts at ...
7/19/2017

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Scottish potato growers continue to learn that ?less is more?

The ?less is more? lesson for tattie growers continues with the revelation that overall yields could be increased by reducing nitrogen top dressings by 25-30 kg a hectare. The message ...
7/19/2017

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US potato exports increased in May

U.S. exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes all increased in May 2017 compared to May 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The organization reports that exports of frozen products ...
7/19/2017

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