It’s been a little over a year since Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) began revamping its potato breeding program. In addition to making the program more efficient and up to date, the move reflects a strong desire by the AAFC to make the program more responsive to the needs of the Canadian potato industry, writes Mark HalsallÂ in an article published[Read More…]
The challenge to creating a compelling package for potatoes is complex, because bags must protect product integrity while attracting a shopperâ€™s attention, says Jeff Watkin, marketing director with Collinsville, Ill.-based packaging manufacturerÂ Sev-Rend Inc. told The Packer magazine in a recent interview., One challenge Sev-Rend has met involves a bag that prevents greening and preserves the potatoesâ€™ shelf life, he said.[Read More…]
Researchers find that potato plants are at highest risk of PVY infection during first three weeks of growing season
Potato virus Y is the most economically important and devastating aphid-transmitted virus, affecting both tuber yield and quality. The virus is also a major cause of seed potato degeneration, which leads to regular flushing out of seed potatoes after limited field production cycles. There is no remedy for this virus and once a plant becomes infected, it stays sick for[Read More…]
New York-based sustainable technology company Anellotech has announced that a laboratory demonstration of its latest technology, which transforms mixed plastic waste directly into chemicals, successfully converted a Lays (PepsiCo) barbeque potato chip bag into paraxylene, the primary chemical used to make virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for beverage bottles. [PETÂ or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most common plastic for single-use bottled beverages, because it[Read More…]
Always working to develop the â€œperfectâ€ russet, the Potato Variety Management Instituteâ€™s (PVMI) main mission is to promote new varieties of potatoes in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and beyond. Bob Larson from AGInfo reports. PVMI Executive Director Jeanne Debons says itâ€™s what they coordinate from their operation based in Bend, Oregon â€¦ DeBONS â€¦ â€œPVMI is a non-profit that represents the[Read More…]
The Big Idaho Potato Truck is back for it’s ninth annual tour with the same all-female Tater Team. Students at Rolling Hills Public Charter school in Eagle got to check out the giant potato Wednesday ahead of the tour. From Boise, the truck and tater Team will travel around 35,000 miles and visit close to 100 cities over the next[Read More…]
Lee Dodson from Summerside on Prince Edward Island believes he has found a technological way for farmers to have detailed knowledge of the health of their fields without stepping outside. Dodson, CEO of Skygate Drone Services, was one of about 120 exhibitors at this year’s International Potato Technology Expo in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island this past Friday and Saturday.[Read More…]
IRI data for the calendar year 2019 (January through December 2019) showed success with dollars and volume sales for total potato sales at retail, Potatoes USA reports. Total dollar sales increased by 2.2% and volume increased by 0.4%. Potato chips, frozen potatoes, refrigerated potatoes, and dehydrated potatoes increased in sales volume. Refrigerated potatoes saw a 7.0% lift in dollar sales[Read More…]
U.S. potato industry representatives say steps China just took to follow through on the recent phase one trade agreement mark a historic breakthrough likely to bring substantial benefits, Capital Press reports. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Feb. 25 announced that China had signed a protocol allowing importation of U.S. fresh chipping potatoes, among other[Read More…]
Potatoes are the most commonly consumed vegetable in the U.S., yet they often get a bad rap. Most are eaten the form of fries or chips, so many people consider them an unhealthy food. It doesnâ€™t have to be that way. Eating one medium-size potato a day can be part of a healthy diet and doesnâ€™t increase cardiometabolic risk â€”[Read More…]
Potato industry leaders from throughout the country led a rally outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, urging the Senate to take action on a comprehensive farm labor reform bill.Â A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and leaders from the U.S. Apple Association and the Agricultural Workforce Coalition also spoke in[Read More…]
According to Carrie Huffman Wohleb, Associate Professor and Regional Specialist â€“ Potato, Vegetable, and Seed Crops at Washington State University, physiological age is an important concept in potato production. “The physiological age of seed tubers determines when the buds will sprout and how many sprouts will develop from those buds,” she says. “It affects stem numbers and vine growth. It[Read More…]
Federal agriculture officials announced Tuesday they have reached an agreement to export U.S. potatoes to China for processing. The deal, which includes crops grown in Idaho, Washington and Oregon, is expected to add about $20 million worth of exports a year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture along with the U.S. Trade Representative announced the deal Tuesday for potatoes, which has[Read More…]
Thereâ€™s more to the potato business than reds, whites and russets, marketers in the US say. Specialty varieties and organics are important parts of the product mix, they note. â€œWe need to continue to explore varietals,â€ said Mike Hart, director of sales and marketing for Fryeburg, Maine-based Green Thumb Farms. â€œWhen I look at the produce section as a whole and[Read More…]
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) â€”Â Potato farmers in Skagit County in Washington State suffered big losses after they were unable to harvest some of their crops. Farmers were unable to harvest an estimated 3 square miles of potatoes in the fall, with losses valued between $5 million and $10 million, The Skagit Valley Herald reported. Don McMoran of the Washington State[Read More…]
The 2020 edition of theÂ International Potato Technology ExpoÂ welcomed professionals from across North America back to Charlottetown on Canada’s Prince Edward Island this past Friday and Saturday. According to the organizers, the industry event took Charlottetown by storm with an impressive display of equipment and products, alongside an educational conference attracting hundreds of delegates. 3,078Â attendees walked the show floor to check[Read More…]
As sales of baby Golds, Reds and Medley potatoes continue to climb, MountainKing is embarking on an aggressive program to provide its retail partners with turnkey, display-ready options aimed at driving sales of the smaller, pre-sized variety. â€œSmall potatoes are under-promoted and under-merchandised,â€ says John Pope, MountainKing vice president of sales and marketing. â€œWeâ€™re working to change that narrative in[Read More…]
The Irving family has been growing potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine, since the early part of the 19th century. The Irvings are well-known for their quality spuds, but these days theyâ€™re becoming known for a specific up-and-coming variety â€“ the Caribou russet.
Starting today, 125 potato industry members from across the US will be in Washington D.C. to address key issues like trade, research, nutrition and ag labor during the 2020 Potato D.C. Fly-In. National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles says potato growers will get an update from Political Report analyst Charlie Cook.
Itâ€™s that time of year in Aberdeen when the pungent aroma of deep-fried french fries wafts through the hallways of the Marshall building on the campus of the University of Idahoâ€™s Aberdeen Research & Extension Center, Bill Schaefer reports for Farm & Ranch.
Potato growers are learning itâ€™s good to combine resources. Potato growers in the Pacific Northwest have discovered working together is more productive, especially when it comes to research that could potentially be good for the whole industry, Rick Worthington of AgInfo reports.
â€œOur third annual Potahto Week is officially happening, and we are so ready!,â€ say the organizers of the event, announcing that Winnipegâ€™s top restaurants will dish up unique and delicious dishes starring the â€˜potahtoâ€˜ from February 21 through March 1, 2020.
Specialized testing of seed potatoes has advanced to the point that it allows farmers to deal with potential problems before they even plant the crop. For example, seed-piece evaluations, which detect diseases and viruses in potatoes, have advanced, Capital Press reports.
In a research field off Highway 54 last autumn, corn stalks shimmered in rows 40-feet deep. Girish Chowdhary, an agricultural engineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, bent to place a small white robot at the edge of a row marked 103. The robot, named TerraSentia, resembled a souped up version of a lawn mower, with all-terrain wheels and[Read More…]
This in-depth and extensive article on the subject of potato fertilization was written by soil and potato specialist and expert, Carl J Rosen, Department Head and Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Prof Rosen wrote that optimum potato growth depends on many management factors, including sufficient supply of nutrients.