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Frito-Lay adds Bare Snacks to its healthy offerings

PepsiCo Inc. is buying a healthy snack company that will be overseen by its subsidiary Frito-Lay. New York-based Pepsi announced Friday is will acquire Bare Foods Co., which does business as Bare Snacks and makes baked fruit and vegetable snacks. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bare is expected to expand Frito-Lay?s portfolio of healthy options. According to a news release from Pepsi, it is the leader apple, banana and coconut snacks.
5/27/2018

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Canadian researchers exploring an environmentally friendly solution to potato early dying complex

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers in Fredericton are exploring environmentally friendly solutions to manage Potato Early Dying complex (PED), a disease that is limiting yields in many potato fields in eastern Canada. PED is a disease complex caused by a combination of a fungal disease (Verticillium wilt) and root-lesion nematodes. With few available treatments, a process called biofumigation is being used by some growers to manage PED. The process involves tilling mustard plants into the soil at a specific stage of growth with enough heat and moisture in the ground to induce a chemical breakdown of the plant material.
5/26/2018

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Grimme opens new ?13 million machinery factory in China

In front of guests and the staff of Grimme China, Franz, Christine and Christoph Grimme have opened a new manufacturing plant in Tianjin. According to the manufacturer, best known here in Ireland for its potato-related equipment, the new 12,500m facility is ?state-of-the-art?. Tianjin is located approximately 130km south-east of Beijing ? China?s massive capital city. The development includes a new 1,400m office building;
5/26/2018

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Canadian potato research project aimed at managing nitrogen fertilizer to reduce emissions

Could some new fertilizer products not only maintain potato tuber yield and quality but also reduce nitrogen losses to the air, enhancing the crop?s nitrogen use efficiency and sustainability? A two-year study in Canada aims to answer that question. Dr. Guillermo Hernandez Ramirez, the study?s lead investigator and an assistant professor in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, working with Dr. Michele Konschuh, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry?s potato research scientist.
5/23/2018

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On the International Day for Biological Diversity, consider the beauty of the Potato

In an article published today on Foodtank.com, Mercedes Aroz, a Peruvian economist and currently the First Vice-president of the Republic of Peru, writes: ?The potato is a gift from Peru to the world, and we will always be its stewards. ?On the United Nation?s International Day for Biological Diversity, I have potatoes on my mind. The fantastic variety of colors, shapes, and flavors that can be found among Andean potatoes is as beautiful to me as any other diversity in the plant kingdom.
5/23/2018

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Lean and mean: Potatoes a part of the top five diets in the US

Side Delights shared data from the recently released U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Diets rankings report, with the top five focusing on vegetables, including potatoes. The top two ranked diets (a tie) are the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. The Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy eating habits of the region and recommends foods such as olive oil, fish, and vegetables such as potatoes. The diet may help prevent some chronic diseases and increases longevity. The DASH diet help reduce blood pressure, by focusing on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, and lean protein.
5/22/2018

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New print magazine for the international potato industry announced: Global Potato News

Folks, some remarkable news: I can announce that a new print magazine aimed at the international potato industry will be launched later this year ? Global Potato News. I will function as the Managing Editor of the magazine. This creates opportunities for media selling agencies and individuals in the main potato growing regions of the world. The publisher would be most happy to hear from anyone who would like to be involved with this promising initiative to help us implement the strong advertising and marketing opportunities this initiative brings to the industry.
5/22/2018

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Irish farmers use glasshouses to deliver on potato deal with Aldi

Kilkenny farmers in Ireland used glasshouses to deliver new season potatoes to Aldi on time as part of a huge ?70m deal with the retailer. Aldi today announced it will sell ?24 million worth of Irish grown potatoes this year, with New Season Irish Potatoes arriving in select Aldi stores on Thursday May 24. Piltown, Co. Kilkenny based O?Shea?s Farms is supplying the potatoes to Aldi?s stores, with Queens and Home Guard due on shelf imminently and New Season Roosters to follow in August.
5/22/2018

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New electronic potato coming to your fields to help monitor crop development

The future of the potato sector could include the classification of potato production with a smartphone, while receiving information on soil temperature, humidity and CO2 levels in real time thanks to an electronic potato to be planted among the tubers. These new solutions were presented at Macfrut by Romagnoli F.lli Spa. The SolGrader technology was developed by Dutch company Solentum and enables, by taking a simple photographs of sample-tubers, the measuring of size, weight, average length, estimated yield and distribution level.
5/22/2018

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Media campaigns helps British potato sales recover

Potato sales have recovered in past three years, thanks in part to industry marketing efforts, according to the AHDB. Following declining price and sales in the UK potato market, AHDB launched ?Bud the Spud? three years ago and ?More than a Bit on the Side? campaigns in a bid to improve its perception among the public. Using social media, advertising and traditional media, ?Bud? was aimed at a younger audience in particular, in a bid to emotionally re-engage consumers with potatoes.
5/21/2018

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New Potato Blight app offers new weapon against potato disease

North Dakota and western Minnesota potato growers have an improved tool to fight a dangerous crop disease. The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, or NDAWN, has launched its Potato Blight app for Apple and Android phones and tablets. ?We want to give our growers tools they can use in their fields,? said Andrew Robinson, potato extension specialist for both North Dakota and Minnesota.
5/21/2018

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Belgapom reacts to a potential fries boycott by Russia

There might be a Russian boycott on European fries. In response, Romain Cools said closing the borders is purely a form of protectionism. He is from Belgapom, the Belgian potato trade and processing industry Association. ?Russia has been trying to get their potato cultivation on track for years now. The average yield has, however, remained low. For a competitive production of fries, it is essential to have constant, profitable potato production and storage. Russia has been investing in this for years.
5/21/2018

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Idaho dome manufacturer building potato structures across the world

In 1967, Barry South and his brothers David and Randy came up with an idea for a business that changed the shape of potato cellars for some eastern Idaho growers ? they wanted to construct domes. The inspiration for the idea, however, might be an even bigger surprise. ?This guy made him a mountain cabin out of spraying polyurethane on a weather balloon,? South said.
5/19/2018

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Preparation for Potato Europe 2018 well underway

Preparations for this year?s PotatoEurope exhibition are progressing well, with planting now complete at the event venue, Rittergut Bockerode farm, near Springe-Mittelrode in Lower Saxony (Germany). Ideal weather conditions and well-prepared soil allowed the potatoes to be planted with the latest seeding technology at the end of April.
5/18/2018

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Ecuador: Potato producers request more controls to avoid smuggling

The imports of potatoes from Peru and Colombia harms producers of the Tungurahua Tisaleo canton. Many merchants in this important collection center are being affected by the products smuggled at this time each year, and are forced to lower the costs of their crops due to an overproduction of potatoes on the northern border.
5/18/2018

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First it was too wet ? now it?s too dry for Jersey potato growers?

A LITTLE over a month ago farmers in Jersey were unable to plant crops as the land was waterlogged? but the recent dry spell has brought its own set of problems. The lack of rain, combined with northerly winds which make soil dry out even more, has forced some potato growers to start irrigating, so that they can get Jersey Royals out of the ground in good condition to export to the UK.
5/18/2018

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Potato areas on the rise in North West Europe

Despite low prices this season, potato areas are on the rise in North West Europe in 2018. The NEPG (North-western European Potato Growers) estimates that the top 5 producing countries will plant 0.4% more potato acreage compared to last year. Current stocks are high, but due to delayed planting and the late onset of market rush, NEPG expects the current season for the processing industry to be longer than usual.
5/17/2018

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Peru: Biodegradable bags that can also be used as food

Around the same time that the Ministry of Environment announced its intention to gradually ban the use of plastic bags, information has emerged that researchers are working to make biodegradable bags based on potato starch. According to Celfia Obregon, president of the Center for Technological Innovation (CITE) for Potatoes and other Andean Crops, the peculiarity of this bags is that, in addition to having a much smaller impact on the environment, they can be used as a food input.
5/17/2018

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Canadian Potato Truck Pull event seeks to top $106,000 for cancer care

In 2015, Canadian couple Jamie and Amy Smart decided to throw together a fundraiser for the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation to help others in the midst of their battle with the disease. The Smart?s son Dawson, now a healthy eight-year-old, has fought and defeated kidney cancer. When he was one, Dawson was diagnosed with a Wilm?s Tumor, which forced him to undergo multiple surgeries.
5/17/2018

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Record year for Potato Lover?s Month contest

A grand total of 5,266 retail displays nationwide flew the flag for Idaho potatoes in this year?s Potato Lover?s Month Display Contest ? the most entrants ever in the competition?s 27-year history. ?We couldn?t be more thrilled about all the enthusiasm for the Idaho potato brand,? said IPC Marketing Manager Jamie Bowen. ?Retailers tell us they have a great time creating the displays, and shoppers love them.
5/17/2018

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US: Skyline stays the course for 2018 potato program

Expecting the 2017 storage crop to run well into the summer, Skyline Potato General Manager Les Alderete said in late April demand was good and prices have held steady so far in 2018. He said no major changes are planned for the conventional russet and organic russet and red program. ?Our supplies will go through the end of July,? Alderete reported from his Center, CO, office. ?The price has been steady, but demand has been a little slower than normal.?
5/11/2018

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Grimme opens potato equipment production plant in China

Franz, Christine und Christoph Grimme recently inaugurated the modern Grimme plant in Tianjin, China. With an investment in excess of ‎? 13 million (USD 15.7 million) GRIMME China is the largest single investment in the 150-year history of the company outside of Germany. Initially the production will be focused on a range of equipment for potato cultivation developed specifically for the Chinese market. This includes planters, harvesters and equipment to store the harvested potatoes.
5/11/2018

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Potato storage builders offer exclusive advice

What factors can help potato improve storage conditions and reducing loss as much as possible? Potato Business Digital spoke with specialists from Tolsma and Agrovent to find out. When designing a new cold storage one should think about the following things, Jan van Maldegem, marketing manager at Tolsma-Grisnich, explains that different varieties with different storage temperatures (for example creating independent climate zones depending on the susceptibility of varieties for sugar accumulation or different respiration levels); logistics (limiting fork lift traffic so this will improve efficiency and limit the labor and heat production of the fork lift in the cold storage.
5/11/2018

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Late blight: Specialist warns US growers to be on lookout for genotype US-8

According to Amanda J. Gevens, Associate Professor & Extension Vegetable Plant Pathologist, UW-Madison, http://usablight.org is again up and running for 2018 in an effort to support the detection and characterization of late blight on tomato and potato crops from the U.S. Already this year, late blight has been confirmed on potato and tomato in Florida, she says. In all cases reported to the usablight website, the pathogen genotype was US-23.
5/10/2018

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Alberta poised to topple Prince Edward Island as Canada?s spud king

At the moment, Alberta province is processing more spuds than ever before. Last year, potato production in this province reached a record 907,184 tons. ?We?ve seen potato production in Alberta more than double over the last 20 years or so, and we?re just actually right behind Prince Edward Island and Manitoba in third spot for potato production,? said Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial.
5/10/2018

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UK: Guidance on reduced fluazinam sensitivity in late blight populations

In July 2017, AHDB notified its blight network about reports of the spread of EU_37_A2, a strain of blight first discovered in the Netherlands in 2013 which has shown reduced sensitivity to Fluazinam, a common fungicide used to tackle blight and other diseases. As a result, you can find the two below links to guidelines on how the potato industry should respond to reduced fluazinam sensitivity in late blight populations.
5/10/2018

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More potatoes expected to be planted in Northwestern Europe despite low prices

Despite low prices during this campaign, it?s expected more potatoes will be planted for the harvest of 2018 in Northwestern Europe. The NEPG, or North-West European Potato Growers, estimates the growers in the five most prominent potato countries will plant 0.4 per cent more potatoes than last year. The stocks of the current harvest are still high, but because the potatoes will be planted later and the early varieties are expected to be harvested later, the NEPG expects a longer production season than usual for the processing industry.
5/10/2018

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Mahindra & Mahindra joins McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as strategic partners in Canadian Resson

Resson, a predictive analytics company for the agricultural industry, announced a $14 million financing deal that welcomed Mahindra & Mahindra as a strategic partner, joining existing strategic partners McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as well as existing investors Build Ventures, Rho Canada, BDC Capital, East Valley Ventures and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. Resson uses machine learning, big data analytics and computer vision to help growers of crops like potatoes, spinach and grapes make better-informed decisions about crop management.
5/9/2018

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Mouth sensor can measure the salt in every potato chip you eat

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have invented a flexible electronic sensor that can be embedded in a dental retainer for real-time monitoring of sodium intake. The device, which they described in the journal PNAS, could send info to your phone, giving you instant data about whether you?re busting your low-sodium diet.
5/9/2018

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German potato packing firms fined for price fixing

Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, imposed fines totalling Euro 13.2m on Hans-Willi Buhmer Verpackung und Vertrieb GmbH Co. KG and Kartoffel-Kuhn GmbH. Andreas Mundt, president of the Bundeskartellamt, said: ?For years the companies concerned have agreed on an important parameter in the calculation of their weekly offers to Metro. By aligning their purchase prices used in the calculation, the two major suppliers of the Metro group virtually eliminated any price competition between them.
5/9/2018

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European potato sector concludes successful Europatat Congress

Last Friday 4 May, the European potato community gathered in Brussels for the Europatat Congress 2018. Under the slogan ?Potatoes: a healthy, sustainable and responsible sector?, the annual event focused on the many assets of the sector in the areas of health, nutrition, sustainability and social corporate responsibility, and how they feed into the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. The keynote speaker in the morning session, digital strategist and reputation management specialist Christophe Ginisty, gave to the participants an insight about social media trends and the most looked after consumers, known as millennials.
5/9/2018

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US: Monte Vista Potato Growers continues steady growth curve

With 2018?s crop being planted in late April and 2017 potatoes running until the end of July, Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista continues to expand in volume and in shipments, particularly to Mexico. General Manager Jason Tillman said in mid-April the cooperative now is made up of 11 growers, and he said volume has increased 35 percent in the past year as a result of good yields and the additional acreage.
5/9/2018

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PepsiCo to introduce Australian deli potato chips to US consumers

PepsiCo is set to bring the Australian potato chip brand Red Rock Deli to the US for the first time. The US Red Rock Deli brand will join PepsiCo?s Frito-Lay division, and the brand?s initial product range will include three flavours of potato chips. Made with rough-cut potatoes and cooked in sunflower oil, the snacks contain no artificial colours or flavours and are non-GMO project verified. Stuart Beck, senior marketing director for Frito-Lay North America, said: ?Red Rock Deli is a brand that is rooted in a philosophy of unique and elevated flavour experiences.
5/8/2018

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Australia: Autumn surveillance round for tomato potato psyllid complete

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in West Australia has wrapped up autumn surveillance for the tomato potato psyllid (TPP), with no detections of a damaging plant bacteria associated with the pest. Department acting horticulture director Rohan Prince said it marked completion of the third surveillance round in WA since the pest insect was detected in Perth in February last year. TPP is a tiny sap-sucking insect that affects a range of plants including tomato, potato, capsicum, chilli, eggplant and tamarillo.
5/8/2018

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Potato beetle resistance brewing in Canada

The battle against Colorado potato beetle is becoming more difficult every season. It?s not a new problem. As early as 2014, producer groups were already warning that Colorado potato beetles were becoming increasingly resistant to neonicotinoids. Four years later, the problem has not gone away and, in some patches of the province, has arguably got worse. High beetle populations made their way into last year?s insect summary for the Canadian province of Manitoba.
5/8/2018

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Sped-up spuds to fit modern, busy, on-the-go lifestyles

Tasteful Selections LLC, a specialty potato brand consisting of family growers from California, Nevada, and Arizona, aims to contemporize potatoes to fit modern, busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Since its inception in 2010, Tasteful Selections has sought to push potatoes into the 21st century. For instance, its bite-sized baby and fingerling potatoes are pre-washed, don?t require peeling, and have faster cook times than traditional Russet potatoes.
5/8/2018

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Why one nutritionist calls potatoes nature?s diet pill

Nutritionist JJ Virgin and Dr. Oz in the US reveal what science says about spuds and why the humble tater isn?t as bad as you may think. While we have been taught for so long that potatoes are the enemy when it comes to keeping the weight off, today?s experts suggest that may not be the case. Potatoes are actually quite nutrient dense and can help balance blood sugar, improve your mood and sleep, and help you maintain a healthy gut. One potato has 150 calories and is full of nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc while help the body maintain bone structure, strength, balance, and produce and maintain collagen
5/8/2018

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UK: AHDB looking to expand Knowledge Exhange team

AHDB is expanding its arable team and has created new Knowledge Exchange (KE) and Knowledge Transfer (KT) roles. If you are passionate about arable farming and would enjoy working with potato growers and the supply chain to ensure useful information is receieved by those who need it, then AHDB would love to hear from you.
4/2/2018

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Funeral potatoes are not as grim as they sound?

Walmart has been advertising to my friend Terry in his Facebook feed. He showed me screenshots of the ads. They were all strange but the first one was particularly odd, one neither one of us had ever heard of before: funeral potatoes. The name made me curious, of course. I needed to learn more. The first thing I discovered is that they?re are a Utah thing, usually served after Mormon funerals (hence the name).
4/2/2018

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Washington Potato Commission searching for ?early adopters? of alternative farming

The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) is looking for growers who are embracing alternative methods. ?How can we enhance pest control and potato production while decreasing off-farm impacts?? the group said. ?The WSPC wants to learn what ?early adopters of alternative farming methods? are doing.? The WSPC is interested in unconventional or inventive techniques.
4/2/2018

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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 company Kazakh Invest is said to have organized a number of meetings between managers of the Dutch company Farm Frites, Simon Quist and Jos den Boer, and highly placed authorities in Kazakhstan, including the Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Umirzak Shukeyev.
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 weeds. The Flourish Project in Europe is an effort to create an autonomous, robotic system that foresee collaboration between unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The system utilizes UAV surveillance capabilities to generate a map of the field, capture image data, and identify areas with a high probability of pest concerns, like weeds.
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 has reached Suffolk. The dark green 37_A2 form of Phytopthora infestans has quickly spread across Europe, reaching England two years ago when five cases were reported. Around 20 cases were officially recorded in 2017, mainly in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Kent, and more recently in Suffolk.
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 displacement? Not choosing the proper longevity? Not using the proper formulation? Not choosing the proper rate? Over irrigation? Too high or too low media pH? Micronutrient package?
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 State University and the University of Minnesota. Dicamba injury on potato tubers is expressed as elephant hide, smaller tuber, and/or malformed/cracked tubers. ?We typically see greater tuber malformations as a result of herbicide injury when plants are exposed during tuber initiation through early tuber bulking.
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 Agrovista in the UK. Summer Vindaloo is a mix of the hottest mustard varieties and very hot rocket, which grows quickly and develops powerful biofumigation activity within three months of sowing, says Shropshire-based agronomist Andrew Wade. The mix will appeal, especially on trickier land, to growers who prefer or need to complete their deep cultivations before winter sets in, he says.
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 last year with the aim to find alternative markets in the North of France, Wallonia, and Flanders during seasons of an overproduction of potatoes. The Interreg GEPOS project was started last January and is being carried out with the support of the European Regional Development Fund.
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 sales that we?ve been in since the 1970s,? Richardson related during a recent meeting of Wisconsin potato growers. ?Not only are we seeing positive growth at the retail level, we?re also seeing significant increases in the food-service sector,? he said.
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 production of potatoes and vegetables. The project is being implemented in the South of Russia and will be the largest organic potato and vegetable farm in Russia. The customer is a Russian entrepreneur who sees the opportunity to sell biological products in the urban areas of Russia.
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 tubers for the presence of the pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lso). It is coordinated by Dan Johnson, Larry Kawchuk, and Scott Meers. Zebra chip is a disease that severely disrupts carbohydrate flow in potato plants, resulting in a striped appearance in tubers.
3/27/2018

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