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NZ potato industry get smart in the Tomato Potato Psyllid battle

The tomato potato psyllid (TPP) has caused enormous problems for potato growers in New Zealand since it was discovered in 2006. Since then, the potato industry has been waging a battle to control this insect pest. The tomato potato psyllid vectors the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso). CLso is the putative agent of zebra chip (ZC) disease in potato tubers.[Read[Read More…]

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Diet and wellness trend: Why the humble potato could become the next superfood

With the ever increasing popularity of the Keto diet over the last few years, you’d have thought that the last wellness trend we’d see surfacing in 2019 would be one focused on a white, starchy carb. However, times are changing. With experts slamming the keto diet for its side effects and fitness influencers like Kayla Itsines declaring their love for bread, now[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes in Japanese baby food?

The potato is the workhorse of the produce department, but it does NOT receive the attention it should from retailers. Potatoes are a staple in 88 percent of all households in Japan, Mariko writes, and are enjoyed by all demographics. However, with proper assortment and merchandising, retailers and growers could be enjoying even higher fresh potato sales. And when potatoes[Read[Read More…]

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‘From cash cow to produce superstar’ – How potatoes can raise up the entire produce department

This article was published in the March 2019 issue of Potato Grower magazine.  Potatoes are the workhorse of the produce department, but they don’t often receive the attention they should from retailers. Potatoes are a staple in 88 percent of all households and are enjoyed by all demographics. However, with proper assortment and merchandising, retailers and growers could be enjoying even[Read[Read More…]

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All about potato storage, CIPC and sprout control

From the AHDB Potatoes team in Britain: We understand that a vote was taken on the Commission’s proposal for non-renewal of Chlorpropham (CIPC) at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed last week. No Qualified majority was reached in favour of the proposal. The EU Commission can now decide to move the existing proposal forward to an Appeal[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers aim to develop heartier potatoes, but ‘generations of inbreeding’ may pose a challenge

Scientists are trying to revolutionize potatoes and….cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding. Potatoes reproduce through cloning, so their genome is laden with mutations. Those mutations could result in ….stunted growth or shorter lifespans. A team of Chinese scientists looked for a better way to make potatoes reproduce, and along the way learned more about the genetics behind[Read[Read More…]

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A forward for Digital Farming: The next wave of ag innovation has arrived

Farmers face unrivalled risk and uncertainty. New solutions are needed to help them solve complex problems. With digital tools and data science, the next wave of innovation in agriculture has arrived. Mike Stern, Head of The Climate Corporation and Digital Farming for Bayer Crop Sciences, shares his positive perspective on the power and potential of digital farming. Source: Bayer Crop[Read[Read More…]

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Opinion: 2019 set to be another challenging year for potato growers

With political uncertainty, regulatory change and extreme weather, 2018 has been a challenging a year for British growers and farmers. One of the UK’s leading vegetable handling equipment suppliers is warning farmers to expect 2019 to be as equally unpredictable. Nigel Haith, managing director of the Haith Group, believes the weather next year will continue to test potato growers, but[Read[Read More…]

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Expert advice on the management of water molds and bacterial diseases of potato tubers

While every growing season typically offers a few hiccups in the weather, some years offer a few more extreme disruptions than normal.  Extreme temperatures, in concert with moisture stress, exacerbate crop stress which may not be evident immediately following an intense weather event – but can reveal itself at time of harvest and beyond. When test digs turn up evidence[Read[Read More…]

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US dollar value for global potato exports

World wide sales from potato exports by country totaled US$4.1 billion during 2017 for spuds in their raw form. In addition, the value of shipments for prepared and/or preserved potatoes including frozen French fries totalled another $9.3 billion. Overall, the value of raw potato exports declined in value by an average -11.2% for all exporting countries since 2013 when raw[Read More…]

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‘Geographic Constraints in Potato Breeding’ the theme of upcoming World Potato Congress webinar

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is looking to increase its networking role for the global professional potato value chain, especially during the interval between congresses.  As a result, WPC set up a webinar series to bring potato professionals together by offering presentations to share inspiring and innovative knowledge or visions.  On Monday, February 25, 2019 WPC President, Romain Cools, introduced[Read[Read More…]

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Talking about the benefits of True Potato Seed

At the American Seed Trade Association’s Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference in Orlando, Florida, Charles Miller, commercial director of Dutch based potato breeding company Solynta, sat down with Julie Deering, discussing the benefits of true potato seed, or potatoes grown from seeds instead of tubers. Solynta has been working on producing hybrid true seed potatoes through targeted breeding. Miller[Read[Read More…]

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Head of The Climate Corporation: ‘Digital tools and data science will shape the way we think about food production’

Farmers face unrivaled risk and uncertainty. New solutions are needed to help them solve complex problems. With digital tools and data science, the next wave of innovation in agriculture has arrived. Dr Mike Stern, Head of The Climate Corporation and Digital Farming for Bayer Crop Sciences, shares his positive perspective on the power and potential of digital farming in the[Read[Read More…]

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Countering the impact of climate change through new breeding techniques

It is imperative that we breed new varieties of plants to make agriculture more sustainable, given increasing food demand and a warming climate. Until recently, mutations and classical breeding techniques were sufficient to breed new varieties. At the end of the 20th century, tissue culture, gene transfer and other molecular biologic developments entered the picture. In the past decade, a variation on mutation[Read[Read More…]

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US dollar value for global potato exports

In an article published in the February issue of the Global Potato News magazine, author Daniel Workman, Lead Analyst and Webmaster at World’s Top Exports, says world wide sales from potato exports by country totaled US$4.1 billion during 2017 for spuds in their raw form. In addition, the value of shipments for prepared and/or preserved potatoes including frozen French fries[Read[Read More…]

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DripByDrip: Joint project to develop new tools for crop protection using drip irrigation

Bayer, Netafim and BGN Technologies join forces in a research project that combines soil research, digital prediction tools and state-of-the art drip technology by Netafim to develop best practices for using drip irrigation as a delivery system for the Bayer nematicide Velum Prime in Israel. Lately, social acceptance of the use of chemical crop protection products became limited, which resulted[Read[Read More…]

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Latest issue of the Global Potato News magazine now published

Folks, I am pleased to inform you that the latest issue of the Global Potato News print magazine was published today. We published a split issue – a North American and a European edition. Both editions can be accessed as pdf files on the Global Potato News website. You will find links to the pdf’s on this page of the[Read[Read More…]

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Podcast: What is wrong with the potato? Why is it so hard to breed?

Because of its genetic complexity, the potato didn’t undergo a “green revolution” like other staple crops. It can take more than 15 years to breed a new kind of potato that farmers can grow. In this special Podcast by Science magazine, host Sarah Crespi talks with Staff Writer Erik Stokstad about how researchers are trying to simplify the potato genome[Read[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress launches Webinar Series

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is looking to increase its networking role for the global professional potato value chain, especially during the interval between congresses.  As a result, WPC is setting up a webinar series to bring potato professionals together by offering presentations to share inspiring and innovative knowledge or visions.  On Monday, February 25, 2019 at 09:00 a.m. Eastern[Read More…]

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The potato chip: Created in the eighteen hundreds, and still popular…

In 1853 while working as the head chef at Cary Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Lake, near Saratoga Springs New York. One day some of his guests complained that he made french fries to thick. Irritated, he made another batch but sliced the potatoes extra thin on purpose. He deep fried them and added salt. The result was a thin, crisp and delicious treat his[Read[Read More…]

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