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Priming potato with Thiamin to control Potato Virus Y

PVY is a major potato pathogen affecting potato yields worldwide. Thiamin, a water-soluble B vitamin (vitamin B1) has been shown to boost the plant?s immunity, thereby increasing resistance ...
12/27/2016

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Belgium: ?Price for processing varieties will not fluctuate much till spring?

Jan van Luchene of Bruwier Potatoes, a Belgian company specialized in acquiring and delivering potatoes offers his view of the current potato market in Belgium and Europe. Jan van ...
12/27/2016

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Australia: Washed ware potato pest report released for comment

The Department of Agriculture and Food has released a draft pest categorisation report for stakeholder consultation, as part of a review of washed ware potato imports from other Australian ...
12/27/2016

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US: Rising potato leaders commit to improving the industry

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) Class of 2017 will bring together 23 potato growers and industry representatives interested in developing their leadership potential ...
12/27/2016

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US: Monte Vista Potato Growers shipping from new facility

Wrapping up the 2016 harvest in early October, Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista, CO, started shipping mid-October, utilizing the operation?s new line and 15,000-square-foot ...
12/27/2016

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Canada: Growers relish supplying new potato processing plant

Another 9,700 acres of potatoes will be needed in southern Alberta to supply the new Cavendish plant in Lethbridge that was officially announced Dec. 12. Greg Nakamura, whose family ...
12/27/2016

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Canada: Crop of ?Indian potato? discovered in British Columbia could be world?s oldest garden

Archaeologists have uncovered what could be the world?s oldest surviving garden, built by hunter-gatherers. In between stalking animals and fishing for dinner, it seems our fierce ...
12/27/2016

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Increased integration of research with practice making ?significant? contribution to UK crop production

This is the general consensus of the tenth AHDB Agronomists? Conference, which highlighted the value of farmer-led knowledge exchange initiatives and the importance of combining increasingly ...
12/20/2016

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Report: Global Frozen Potatoes Market 2016 ? 2021

The Global Frozen Potatoes Industry report delivers an executive-level blueprint of the Frozen Potatoes market that will help clients to build strategies to expand their market operations. ...
12/20/2016

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Ireland: Retailers discounting potatoes can have a ?detrimental effect? on the market

IFA President Joe Healy has expressed concern at the recent discounting of potatoes by a number of retailers in the run up to Christmas, saying these promotions can have a detrimental ...
12/20/2016

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Study: Potato chips market ? Industry trends

IMARC?s latest study ?Potato Chips Market ? Industry Trends, Manufacturing Process, Plant Setup, Machinery, Raw Materials, Cost and Revenue? provides a techno-commercial roadmap for ...
12/20/2016

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India: Glut forces Deesa farmers to bury potatoes

Last year, the unprecedented glut in potato production had forced the farmers to dump their produce in tonnes on the roads of Palanpur and Deesa. The situation this year is no different. ...
12/20/2016

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Potato Expo happening in San Francisco, January 4-6

One of the potato industry?s must attend events is rapidly approaching. The 2017 Potato Expo will be held in San Francisco January 4th through the 6th. National Potato Council CEO ...
12/20/2016

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UK: Smith Period blight alert set to be replaced

Now 60 years old, the current methodology for predicting blight pressure, known as the Smith Period, is set to be replaced by an improved alert system expected to be in place before ...
12/14/2016

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Belgian potato area growing to almost 100,000 hectares

The Belgian potato area is growing significantly each year, and according to the latest prognoses the milestone of 100,000 hectares will be reached in 2017 or 2018. ?This year we will ...
12/14/2016

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UK: Walkers Crisps cuts water use and carbon emissions in half over five years

Walkers Crisps has successfully reduced the water and carbon emissions used in the growing of its potatoes by 50% since 2011 after implementing a series of measuring techniques to ...
12/14/2016

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New Report: Global Frozen Potatoes Market 2016 ? 2021

The Global Frozen Potatoes Industry report delivers an executive-level blueprint of the Frozen Potatoes market that will help clients to build strategies to expand their market operations. ...
12/14/2016

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McCain Foods expanding North American french fry capacity

McCain Foods Ltd. has announced plans to expand its production capacity for frozen french fries in North America, a move that will add more than 400 million lbs of capacity to its ...
12/13/2016

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Canada: New potato processing plant announced

A new potato processing facility in Lethbridge, to be built by Cavendish Farms, was announced Dec. 12 at Lethbridge city hall. It is expected to create demand for an additional 9,000 ...
12/13/2016

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New report examines the potato starch market

A new Report explores the global Trends, Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2021 for the Global Starch Market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, ...
12/13/2016

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India: Potato prices drop as cold storages clear stock

Expectations of a bumper potato crop this year has made cold storage owners begin clearing their stock with zeal resulting in a steep drop in wholesale prices of potatoes. Potatoes, ...
12/13/2016

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PepsiCo wants to sell healthy food, consumers want chips

Here is a company pulled in two different directions. Chief executive Indra Nooyi has vowed to turn the maker of Fritos, Cheetos, Lay?s and Pepsi into a health juggernaut. But while ...
12/13/2016

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US: Precision ag drone system creator earns commercial investment

Raptor Maps has grown its drone-based system designed for specialty crop precision agriculture applications into a business worthy of investment. In Washington, a potato grower has ...
12/9/2016

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Italy: An alternative to all-purpose potatoes

While it is quite common in northern Europe, the segmentation of the potato market has finally arrived in Italy too. Recently, it widened its potato range introducing a new line of ...
12/9/2016

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US: EarthFresh Farms acquires Grand Bend Produce

Grand Bend Produce?s assets have recently been acquired by EarthFresh Farms. Grand Bend Produce is a fresh potato business based in Ontario. The CEO of the Grand Bend Produce was optimistic ...
12/9/2016

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US: Farming for the future: blending tech with tradition

Jones Potato Farm in Parrish has emerged as a leader in sustainable agriculture. Jones potatoes are one of the first on the market. In April, the Department of Agriculture gave Jones ...
12/9/2016

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NEPG estimate adjusted; falls to 24.5 million tonnes

The official NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) harvest estimation has been adjusted to show a fall to 24.5 million tonnes this year. This accounts for the top 5 leading ...
12/9/2016

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Canada: Prairie potato yields continue to rise

Potato storage sheds in Manitoba are full, thanks to blockbuster yields this fall. In fact, yields were so large that a portion of Manitoba?s potato crop is still in the ground. ?Some ...
12/9/2016

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New Zealand: Potato industry further strengthen biosecurity partnership

Potatoes New Zealand Inc. (PNZ) today signed an agreement with Government to better protect the potato industry it represents in managing biosecurity. Like all other horticulture industries, ...
12/9/2016

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Potato cultivation declining since German Reunification

The potato has been in retreat in Saxony-Anhalt since the German reunification. In 1990, potatoes were farmed on almost 73,000 hectares of land. This year, it was only 13,400 hectares, ...
12/8/2016

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Ingredient innovation may reduce acrylamide levels in snacks

Acrylamide continues to be an important issue for health regulatory bodies around the world, with the European Food Safety Agency, Health Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and other countries ...
12/8/2016

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UK: New risk criteria helps transform performance of Potato Late Blight alert systems

New risk criteria which will transform the performance of Potato Late Blight alert systems has been revealed. Arising from research undertaken by the James Hutton Institute and funded ...
12/8/2016

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Recovery for Swedish table potatoes

The Swedish potato production is estimated at 553 000 tonnes this year. This is 5 percent higher than the 2015 harvest and at the same level as the five-year average. This means a ...
12/8/2016

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India: Agra potato farmers being forced to throw away their produce post demonetisation

As the days are passing, the effects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s demonetisation move ordered on November 8 are beginning to show in both urban and rural areas, especially farmers. ...
12/8/2016

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North Dakota potato leader dies

North Dakota potato industry leader Alan Collette, past chairman of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association, has died. Collette, 77, was chairman of the association (now the ...
12/8/2016

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App with satellite images for Belgian potato sector

There are many initiatives for precision agriculture. The Belgian potato sector will start using satellite images next year. ?We have been busy with this project ?Watch iT Grow? for ...
12/8/2016

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Scotland: Potato exports power growth at Grangemouth

Scotland?s Port of Grangemouth has seen its busiest season in four years due to the buoyant seed potato export industry. The port, which is Scotland?s largest container facility, has ...
12/8/2016

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UK: BREXIT and the Potato Industry

On June 23, 2016 the British people were given the choice ?Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European or leave the European Union?? Along with Germany, the UK is the ...
12/8/2016

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US: Spud officials optimistic about prospects for larger crop

Potato industry leaders are optimistic about demand for a fall 2016 spud crop that recent USDA estimates show was slightly larger than the prior year nationally and significantly bigger ...
12/8/2016

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Potato-based Mars wrapper wins bioplastics award

A bioplastics packaging development by chocolate snack group Mars in partnership with Rodenburg and Taghleef Industries has won this year?s Global Bioplastics Award. Netherlands-based ...
12/8/2016

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Japan?s new 'wet potato chips' ? A moist revolution or soggy defeat?

Snack food company Calbee is playing with fire by expecting people to swallow their new concept potato chips: ?Wet Potato, Moist Mild Soy Sauce Flavor.? It is no exaggeration to say ...
12/2/2016

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New McDonald?s french-fry video stars Idaho potato farmer, a Simplot supplier

In 1967, Idaho potato magnate J.R. Simplot shook hands with McDonald?s CEO Ray Kroc, sealing a deal that made Simplot the first frozen french-fry supplier to the fast-food chain. That ...
12/2/2016

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Canada: Manitoba potato producers store record crop

Potato producers in Manitoba seem to be getting better with each passing year. That from Carman-area producer Jason Kehler, who grows about 850 acres of the processing variety for ...
12/1/2016

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UK potato production dips by five per cent

The 2016 British potato crop is expected to be down five per cent on last year at 5.22 million tonnes, AHDB Potatoes has said. Average yields are also forecasted to have slipped eight ...
12/1/2016

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High-altitude archaeology uncovers earliest evidence of potato consumption

Every French fry, gnocchi, tater tot and order of hash browns humans have eaten in the past 5,000 years can be traced back to one place in the world ? northwestern Bolivia and southern ...
12/1/2016

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Report: StatsCan releases data on Canadian potato production, 2016

According to StatsCan, potato production in Canada was 105.2 million hundredweight (4.7 million tonnes) in 2016, up 0.5% from 2015. Production in British Columbia increased 41.8% to ...
12/1/2016

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US: Former potato chip exec gets prison for $1.4 million fraud

A former executive with a Pennsylvania potato chip and snack food company will spend more than four years in federal prison for defrauding the company out of roughly $1.4 million. ...
12/1/2016

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Norway's food giants clash over potato chips

In a Norwegian appeals court last week, two of the country's major food producers, Orkla and Maarud, battled over who has the legal right to call their potato chip products ?potetgull?. ...
11/29/2016

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Peru: 100,000 tons of potatoes endangered by drought and frost

Nearly 100,000 tons of potatoes in the province of Julcan risk being lost due to the drought and frosts in the highlands of La Libertad. The harvest begins in February and ends in ...
11/28/2016

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2016 British total potato production down 5 per cent

Total production in Great Britain for the 2016 potato crop year is 5.22 million tonnes, down 5% from 2015, according to AHDB Potatoes first provisional estimates. Average yields for ...
11/28/2016

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