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Drone tech in practice: Belgian service provider employs drones to improve assessment of seed varieties

As Belgium?s biggest service provider for agriculture and horticulture, AVEVE is continuously looking for innovative solutions. In plant breeding, specialists are looking to improve the objective quality assessment of new crop seed varieties. With mapEO, a new image processing solution for drone based phenotyping, AVEVE specialists can scale up their seed and agronomy expertise and offer the best possible varieties for every farmer. In one of their experimental fields in Belgium AVEVE grows 350 different plant varieties on 2,100 trial plots.
6/26/2018

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Scots charging: New and ambitious growth strategy announced for the potato, vegetable and fruit sector in Scotland

A group of leading businesses and organisations in Scotland?s potato, fruit, and vegetable industry have come together for the first time to create an ambitious new growth strategy for the sector. Announced over the weekend, Planting the Seeds of Growth identifies the key recommendations to grow the potato, fruit, and vegetable sector by 2030, bringing not just economic benefits but benefits to the nation?s health and to the environment as well.
6/25/2018

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28,000t of potatoes from a family farm in Ireland

Over the past 45 years, O?Shea Farms has progressed from a family partnership of four brothers ? Dick, John, Samus and Joe O?Shea ? to a business with a turnover of ?60 million per year. The company processes 28,000t of potatoes each year at its base in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. Iverk Produce, a sister company, distributes 90% of the potatoes and vegetables produced to Aldi. O?Shea Farms is also a sole supplier of carrots to SuperValu. Iverk Produce was formed in the 1980s.
6/25/2018

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Let?s automate, mate: South Australian potato company partners with automation specialists to bring field to fork

The South Australian Potato Company, founded by the Raschella family in that region, has been supplying potatoes for ?every recipe, every occasion and every season for more than 20 years,? they say. Dealing with more than 60, 000 tons of potatoes annually obviously requires quality automation by reliable suppliers to ensure always-on productivity and extreme care with this wholesome produce. When looking to kit out its factory ? which does everything from washing and sorting to weighing and packaging potatoes ? The South Australian Potato Company eventually looked to SMC as its preferred supplier.
6/25/2018

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Research, South, Central America, Trends Edit Spain: New potato prices remain high in the domestic market

The Spanish potato campaign started in late May with the harvest of the first new potatoes from Seville. Frequent rains in the winter and spring not only caused a delay of about a month in the harvest of the first new potatoes, but also resulted in a 40% drop in the volume. ?The acreage devoted to ​​potato cultivation has been reduced by around 20% this year. If we take into account that the yields have been 30% lower in general in Seville, the volumes should drop by around 40%,? said Jos Pelez Izquierdo, manager of Sevillana de Patatas.
6/23/2018

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Potato store management is ?a complex process,? says author of new guide for store managers

A digital version of the Third Edition of the Store Manager?s Guide is now available and can be downloaded as a pdf file from the AHDB Potatoes website in the UK (a print version will be available in autumn 2018). The Guide was written by Adrian Cunnington, Head of Crop Storage Research at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. Cunnington writes in the introduction to the Guide that potato storage is a key element of modern-day potato production, looking to fulfill the demands of many markets.
6/23/2018

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Idaho potato growers optimistic about season

Idaho potato growers are optimistic about the season ahead, given the ideal growing conditions the state has experienced. ?Harvest is expected to commence in Idaho in the middle of July,? said Colin Gibson of 20/20 Produce Sales. ?The western part of the state will begin first as they have more heat units than the eastern part and therefore growers plant earlier. They are usually about three to four weeks ahead of eastern Idaho.? Gibson noted that weather conditions have been very favorable, with temperate conditions and just a moderate amount of rain.
6/23/2018

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World Potato Congress: Abstract Book now available online

The Abstract Book, containing abstracts of presentations delivered in May during the 10th World Potato Congress in Cuzco, Peru has been published online, and can now be downloaded as a pdf file from the World Potato Congress Inc website. In the Preface to the 168 page Abstract Book it is said that the themes ?Biodiversity, Food Security and Business? represent what Peru, as the host country and the most important center of origin of the potato, can show and share with the world.
6/22/2018

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Field walks and open days: British potato farmers invited to come get the boots dirty in demonstration fields

AHDB Potatoes in the UK will be hosting several events during the coming weeks when growers will be able to see the practical results of dedicated potato research work in real life and how it pans out in growers? fields. Strategic Farm West Field Walk will be hosted on 28 June. With their first year under their belt, Farm Manager, Matthew Wallace will be providing a fresh focus on research carried out at Heal Farms in Shropshire last season.
6/22/2018

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Spotting airborne foes: Novel spore trap designed to detect and identify key crop pathogens

An automated spore trap has been developed by researchers and industry partners in the UK which is said to have to potential to ?revolutionise disease monitoring in agricultural crops.? The device, which was developed as part of an AHDB project led by Rothamsted Research, provides near real-time information on the presence of airborne spores and could potentially help farmers target fungicide applications better.
6/22/2018

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McCain considering to build new potato processing plant in Idaho

McCain Foods USA, one of the world?s largest manufacturers of frozen potato products, is considering building a facility in Caldwell, Idaho, USA, and bringing as many as 544 jobs to the area. The company received approval Monday night for $400,000 in grants from the Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency. McCain Foods is considering a 17-acre property to build a proposed 164,000-square-foot facility, four times the size of Caldwell?s Walmart Neighborhood Market.
6/22/2018

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Great potato, great times: Idaho is building a better Big Potato

To say that Sharolyn and her husband Chris Schofield are the world?s top big potato experts is no overstatement. They have built two for the New Year?s Idaho Potato Drop and now two for the Potato Commission. The latest ? a four-ton potato ? will begin touring the nation Saturday, the star of the Potato Commission?s multi-million dollar promotion effort that will take it to 70 events this year. Since fall, Idaho?s new Big Idaho Potato has been Schofield Designs? full-time job.
6/21/2018

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Research in action: PCN advisory tool under scrutiny

Four potato varieties not known to be resistant to white potato cyst nematode (Globodera pallida) have given much better yields than eight others in the first year of a two-season SARIC-funded research project in the UK. The latest work aims to improve AHDB?s potato cyst nematode population advisory tool, explains Matthew Back, of Harper Adams University.
6/21/2018

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Plants in the bag: PepsiCo India to launch plant-based packaging for Lay?s chips

Rising concerns around plastic pollution have compelled FMCG companies to rethink their packaging solutions. Food and beverage major PepsiCo, for instance, announced it will launch the first-ever 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for Lay?s and Kurkure snacks products, this year. ?As a responsible leader in the food and beverage industry, our Performance with Purpose 2025 goal is to design all packaging to be recoverable or recyclable, and supports increased recycling of plastic waste,? said Ahmed ElSheikh, president & CEO at PepsiCo India.
6/21/2018

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It takes an industry to identify and solve problems, says recipient of World Potato Congress award

Gary Secor, a professor in North Dakota State University?s Plant Pathology Department, is one of three scientists worldwide to receive the 2018 Industry Award from the World Potato Congress. He received the award during the 10th World Potato Congress, which was held last month in Cusco, Peru. During his career, Secor has published information on numerous potato diseases that have had a substantial impact on the industry. He has discovered several new diseases, including the zebra chip. In addition, he has authored more than 91 publications and 12 book chapters
6/20/2018

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Spuds in the Box: New initiative from Potatoes USA targets the meal kit market

To get the word out to this growing market, Potatoes USA recently mailed meal kit inspired materials to 25 leading meal kit companies. The potato filled package included a welcome letter, dehydrated potato product information, meal kit-friendly recipes (each utilizing a different form of dehydrated potatoes) and samples of the ingredients themselves. A logo?d potato friendly spatula and USB drive containing videos of chefs preparing delicious dishes using dehydrated potatoes rounded out the box.
6/20/2018

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Wall Street rumor: Will Kraft Heinz buy Pepsico?

Kraft Heinz Co., producer of Ore-Ida American brand of potato-based frozen foods, is hungry for a big deal, but can it stomach a fight? ?Based on how quickly they walked away from Unilever last year,? Morningstar analyst Erin Lash told TheStreet on Monday, June 18, ?they don?t seem to want to be involved in a hostile takeover.? In Feb. 2017, Kraft Heinz approached Unilever NV with a $143 billion bid. Yet when Unilever?s board and management team opposed it, Kraft Heinz promptly abandoned its plans.
6/20/2018

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Hot potato fries: A different kind of brain food

A team of international scientists appear to have discovered why hot potato fries/chips are so tasty. Simply put, the brain gets ?hijacked? by the combination of high-fat and high-carbohydrates ? making hot chips and similar food highly attractive. Scientists from Yale University wired 206 people up to brain scanners, and then showed them images of fatty, carby and so-called ?combo? snacks like hot fries ? which are high in both carbs and fat. Every time an image of a combo snack came on the screen, the reward centres in the subjects? brains lit up ? regardless of whether they said they liked it or not.
6/18/2018

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Plant disease diagnostic company expands into the US

Pocket Diagnostic announces the addition of another distributor of its plant disease rapid tests in the United States. Potadaho Seed Services (?Potadaho?) joins the Pocket Diagnostic distributor network having amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in the potato industry in the Pacific Northwest over many years. UK based Pocket Diagnostic plant disease tests have been benefiting the potato, horticulture and forestry industries for nearly twenty years. Pocket Diagnostic produces in-field results in a matter of minutes
6/18/2018

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Potato virus Y: Reasons why potato growers should pay attention to this serious disease

Potato virus Y (PVY) is one of the most common problems in potato fields, but can be hard to detect and some people do not recognize it when they see it. With plenty of other things to worry about, some growers may not consider PVY a serious threat and have not learned to recognize the symptoms. But this attitude is changing as more potato crops are impacted by the virus. PVY has been around a long time but only recently has become a serious problem for potato growers in North America.
6/18/2018

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Cool move: Albert Bartlett ventures into chilled potato market; set to open new production plant

Albert Bartlett, based in Scotland, is venturing further into the prepared potato market with the development of several chilled potato products. Having already entered the frozen potato market in 2015, the potato supplier is now set to open a new chilled plant at the company headquarters in Airdrie in September. Creating 50 new jobs, the factory will have capability to process 50,000t of potatoes for sale at retail and foodservice. This equates to roughly a third of the current total prepared market.
6/18/2018

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