Breeding, Events, Varieties

Potato Days in the Netherlands

The Solgrader app analyzes potato pictures to determine tuber size distribution and yield. Photo: SolentumPotato Days is held the second week of November every year in The Netherlands. At this event, Dutch potato breeding companies showcase their varieties and clones for the table and processing markets. The three-day event attracts hundreds of potato growers and industry personnel from all over the world. Most companies have their offices near the city of Emmeloord, which makes visiting the different breeding companies easy. HZPC, a world leader in potato breeding, seed potato trade and product concept development, had an impressive display of approximately 150 varieties and clones arranged in three circular display floors. Each floor had a theme: the second floor was for the North American market, the most interesting for Canadian attendees. Agrico is another large Dutch potato breeding company. Parkland Seed Potatoes based in Alberta is their representative in Canada. Den Hartigh is the Dutch affiliate of Solana, a German potato breeding company. They showcased 50 varieties for the table and processing markets. Stet Holland is a subsidiary of HZPC. The breeding companies Meijer, van Rijn, Norika and De Nijs had very interesting varieties in their displays. More

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