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UK: Seed potato suppliers to retail market see 10-15% sales increase

Taylor?s Bulbs says seed potato sales are 10-15% up following the decision by Westland/Unwins and Thompson & Morgan to pull out of the 2018 garden centre seed potato supply market. ...
1/24/2018

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US: First San Luis Valley Potato Business Summit focused on economics, future strategies and technology

In the first San Luis Valley Potato Business Summit on Monday in Monte Vista, topics focused more on economics, future strategies and technology than varieties, diseases and rotations. ...
1/24/2018

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US: Industry cooperation key to progress, potato growers told

The potato industry has had better luck recently in securing federal research dollars due to improved cooperation among its national and state organizations, three industry leaders ...
1/24/2018

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Potatoes USA now largest commodity backer of national school salad bar campaign

This week, Potatoes USA announced the latest part of the Let?s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, which donates salad bars to school districts in need. The campaign, launched via ...
1/23/2018

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Tong Engineering appoints new dealer for Scotland

Potato and vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering announced that it has appointed ScanStone potato systems as the company?s new approved dealer for Scotland. Tong ...
1/23/2018

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Scientists say eating potatoes could help combat dementia

The latest research suggests potatoes can play a significant role in helping combat everything from heart attacks to cancer and strokes and now it seems they could even stave off dementia. ...
1/22/2018

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New potato equipment innovations showcased at Agritechnica event

The Agritechnica event in Hanover, Germany is the world?s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery. The German Agricultural Society (DLG) awarded GRIMME (sister company of Spudnik ...
1/22/2018

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China sending potatoes, weeds along with humans to the moon

China is planning to send not only astronauts. but also the eggs of silkworms, a tiny weed named Arabidopsis (rockcress), and potato plants to the moon by the end of the year. ?The ...
1/21/2018

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Herbicide injury in potato an important focus of university extension program

The Potato Extension program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) / University of Minnesota (U of M) is working on herbicide injury in potato and developing educational tools ...
1/21/2018

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US: Spudnik celebrates 60 years

Sixty years after launching, Spudnik is doing well in the potato race. The company, which traces its origins back to two brothers who invented a potato ?scooper? to do the backbreaking, ...
1/18/2018

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Not much movement on Belgian potato market, says owner of potato pool

Last year, potato wholesaler RTL Patat from Menen, Belgium, started the first Belgian potato pool. In the Netherlands, this has existed for a while. Owner Rik Tanghe talks about how ...
1/17/2018

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Brexit: Jersey Royal potatoes ?could be left rotting in fields? due to lack of EU workers

The largest producer of Jersey Royal potatoes has warned crops may be left to rot in the fields because foreign workers have left ahead of Brexit. Polish workers ? who had previously ...
1/17/2018

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2018 Potato Expo Panelists: ?Potato expectations critical in buy-sell relationship?

Communicating quality expectations clearly is the best way to avoid conflicts in buyer-seller relationships, according to panelists at the 2018 Potato Expo. In a fresh market track ...
1/17/2018

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UK: Potato growers ?must look in dusty corners? to innovate

Researchers are continuing to make strides in helping UK potato growers to get the best crop with the least environmental impact as a nationally-significant Suffolk farm project reached ...
1/16/2018

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Peru does not have a potato processing plant, despite increasing demand

Last Tuesday, farmers and producers of white potatoes raised their voices and went on strike because of the fall in tuber prices. According to farmers, prices started to fall because ...
1/16/2018

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US: ?Potato Woman for All Seasons? awarded

New York state?s Melanie Wickham has been awarded the 2017 Potato Woman for All Seasons by The Packer and Farm Journal publications. The Packer?s Tom Karst presented the award to Wickham ...
1/16/2018

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European Potato Trade Association welcomes new Communication & Policy Advisor

The European Potato Trade Association (Europatat) is pleased to announce the appointment of Berta Redondo Benito as the new Communication & Policy Advisor of the association, with ...
1/15/2018

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The importance of potassium management in potato production

Potatoes use more potassium than any other nutrient, including nitrogen. Potassium is required for nutrient movement in the potato plant. It is essential for the makeup of over 40 ...
1/15/2018

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Expert report: Potatoes optimal for improving performance among endurance athletes

A report about high-quality carbohydrates and physical performance was recently released in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrition Today. The report focuses on commentary that took place ...
1/14/2018

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Nematology expert discusses management practices for corky ringspot in potatoes

In a video aimed at helping potato growers, the Plant Management Network has released a presentation by Michigan State University professor of nematology George W. Bird on management ...
1/14/2018

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?Supermarket Guru? told Potato Expo attendees to keep up with consumer trends

Keeping up with consumer trends and the breakneck pace of technology may not be easy but it is necessary to thrive, Phil Lempert told 2018 Potato Expo attendees. Lempert, known as ...
1/13/2018

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Japan now has french fry ice cream sundaes?

Japanese fast food chain First Kitchen has a bit of an image problem, in that it really doesn?t have much of an image. First Kitchen is often so low-key that it?s easy to overlook ...
1/13/2018

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Research finding: When pests graze certain potatoes, yields double

When some Colombian potato varieties are lightly grazed by a pest, the plants respond by growing larger tubers, at times doubling their yields. Although many types of plants can repair ...
1/13/2018

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Smart B2B networking platform launched for the potato industry in the Netherlands

BizVibe, a smart B2B networking platform for global B2B buyers and suppliers, announced today the next generation of its B2B networking platform for the potato market in the Netherlands. ...
1/12/2018

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Governor?s proposed budget excludes funding for new Idaho seed potato facility

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter?s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget does not include the $3 million in state funds for a new nuclear seed potato facility sought by the University of Idaho?s ...
1/12/2018

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UK: Burts Potato Chips snaps up popcorn maker

UK-based Burts Potato Chips is making strides towards its goal of being a leader in snacking with the acquisition of popcorn business Savoury & Sweet Ltd. This is the first acquisition ...
1/12/2018

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South Africa: Water shortages could constrain potato plantings

Severe drought conditions are affecting potato plantings in the southern parts of South Africa. Only about a third of the usual plantings in the Koue Bokkeveld (Ceres area) will realise ...
1/12/2018

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Kenya: Potato farmers turn to growing contracts to earn more money, get better seed

According to a report by AllAfrica.com, Kenyan potato farmers are increasingly turning to production contracts with food processors in a system known as contract farming through the ...
1/10/2018

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Germany: Potato ?Premieres and Innovations? to feature at Fruit Logistica 2018

Trade visitors can start gearing up for the Fruit Logistica event, taking place from February, 7-9, in Berlin, Germany, with ?Spotlight ? Premieres and Innovations at Fruit Logistica ...
1/10/2018

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US: Will Taco Bell?s new Nacho Fries affect the french fry supply?

When ordering tacos from a food service outlet, the last thing you might expect would be this phrase: ?Would you like fries with that?? Yet, on Jan. 25, across the nation, diners at ...
1/10/2018

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Scotland: Albert Bartlett potato firm sees profits hit by price pressures

Sales at potato firm Albert Bartlett have climbed 18 per cent to 146m, but operating profit was again impacted by price pressures in the supply chain. In accounts newly filed with ...
1/9/2018

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US: Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips launches ?Its Good To Be Ugly? campaign to reduce waste and fight hunger

Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips Inc. announced yesterday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show the ?It?s Good to be Ugly? campaign aimed at Reducing Waste and Fighting Hunger. Dieffenbach?s introduced ...
1/9/2018

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China intends to grow potatoes on the dark side of the moon by the end of the year

The moon has been neglected for far too long, and China seems keen on moving fast to cover all the lost lunar ground. The nation?s ambitious space program, among other things, is set ...
1/9/2018

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Bioinsecticide a sustainable solution for organic control of insects

BioCeres WP is an insect-pathogenic bioinsecticide that makes use of the Beauveria bassiana fungus. This fungus strain is naturally occurring in Canada. BioCeres WP is approved for ...
1/8/2018

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Potatoes USA Seed Export Program underway for 2018

Efforts are underway to plant field trials of U.S. seed varieties in Myanmar, Morocco and Guatemala in early 2018. Potatoes USA purchases U.S. seed potatoes from U.S. growers in multiple ...
1/8/2018

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Potato industry?s biggest annual event kicks off this week in Orlando

This week more than 2,000 growers, suppliers, and experts will converge at the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry held in North America. Potato Expo 2018 kicks ...
1/8/2018

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Upcoming event: Idaho Potato Conference and Ag Expo

The 50th annual University of Idaho Extension Potato Conference is an agricultural based trade show and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 17 and 18 in the ISU Pond Student ...
1/8/2018

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Scientists eye potato starch as bio-based solution for paints and varnishes

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, are ldeveloping ...
1/7/2018

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Canada: Grimme and Spudnik introduce new potato harvester

Big red Grimme potato harvesters are anything but a common sight here in Canada, but spud growers will likely recognize the name of one of Grimme?s brand subsidiaries, U.S.-based Spudnik, ...
1/7/2018

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Northern Germany: ?Wet fields, late crops and mouldy tubers?

Potato traders in northern Germany look back on 2017 with mixed feelings. Although yields were sufficient to meet demand, the quality of stored potatoes is in part poor. At Lnekartoffel-Vertrieb ...
1/6/2018

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A potato in the mail: ?Text-a-Potato? expands into themed potato gifts

British based ?Text-A-Potato? is a business that sends personalised, hand written messages on potatoes to anyone in the UK and select European countries. Yes, you read that correctly. ...
1/6/2018

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Lamb Weston President expects growth in french fry demand ?to continue in foreseeable future?

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced today its second quarter 2018 results and updated its outlook for fiscal 2018. ?Our second quarter and first half results were solid,? said Tom ...
1/6/2018

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Smart panels and irrigation monitoring: A perfect pair

Why pair up smart panels and irrigation monitoring? Well, in short, it?s the same reason any pair is formed ? to help consumers save resources by increasing product efficiency. If ...
1/5/2018

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Tips for applying nutrients to a potato crop

Potato Grower magazine, published in the US, takes a look at the six most significant nutrients needed by commercially produced potatoes, as well as some?known as micronutrients?needed ...
1/5/2018

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World Potato Congress announces new President and CEO

World Potato Congress Inc. announces Mr. Romain Cools as new President and CEO, as David Thompson steps down from this position. After 17 years on the World Potato Congress Board of ...
1/5/2018

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New bio-fungicide shows strong performance against white molds and soil diseases

Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), based in the US, recently announced the launch and availability of a high-performance and cost-effective biological fungicide, Amplitude?, in the 2018 ...
1/4/2018

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Managing weight loss in potato storages

According to Nora Olsen and Mary Jo Frazier at the University of Idaho, what isn?t as easy to see is the amount of weight loss, or shrinkage, that is occurring in storage. Stored potatoes ...
1/3/2018

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The science behind why chip bags are mostly air

Packaging engineers have studied that it is important to have slack fill in chips bags for two essential reasons: protection during shipping and preservation of product quality. And ...
1/3/2018

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Canada: New herbicide for broad-spectrum control of weeds in potatoes

Bayer has announced the launch of Sencor STZ, a powerful and innovative new herbicide for broad-spectrum control of all major annual grass and broadleaf weeds in potatoes. According ...
1/3/2018

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McCain company executive makes predictions for future of potato industry

While he maintains there will be a market for potatoes well into the future, Ghislain Pelletier predicts the future of the industry will bear little resemblance to the past. The global ...
12/29/2017

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