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China to review anti-dumping duties on EU potato starch following local concerns

China will review anti-dumping duties levied on potato starch imported from the EU, which are due to expire on Tuesday, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced on Monday. The review was requested by the China Starch Industry Association over concerns that domestic producers might suffer if the duties are scrapped. During the investigation, which will start on Tuesday and will probably last a year,[Read[Read More…]

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Facebook reach increases 630 percent for Colorado Potatoes

A huge bump in Facebook likes for Colorado Potatoes during the 2017 calendar year has reinforced CP’s commitment to the social media giant for reaching current consumers and engaging new ones as well. According to Marketing Administrative Assistant Savannah Schlaufman of Colorado Potatoes, which is the marketing arm of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, consumer reach through Facebook has been exponential,[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes: The key to providing food for potential Martian colonists in the future?

Few can call themselves more of a potato enthusiast than the Weather Channel’s science editor, James Crugnale. He, like a growing number of spud science aficionados, believe the potato is the key to providing food for potential Martian colonists in the future. â€œPotatoes are one of nature’s most fantastic vegetables,” Crugnale told Inverse at the Inverse Lunar Eclipse Party and Science Fair at Caveat in New York City, where[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers aim to improve accuracy of potato cyst nematode calculator

A team of Harper Adams University researchers, Dr Matthew Back, Dr Ivan Grove and Bill Watts, are working in collaboration with Leeds University and Barworth Agriculture to improve the accuracy of the ‘AHDB Potatoes potato cyst nematode (PCN) pallida calculator’ which is currently used as an educational forecasting tool for UK potato growers. To help growers to formulate control strategies, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo is developing women-only snacks because potato chips are so hard for girls

PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi has announced a turning point in the history snack foods. In an interview with Freakonomics, Nooyi revealed that the company would be launching lady snacks, finally allowing women everywhere to eat between meals just as men have done for centuries. Were you not aware that crunchy, crunchy chips were secretly, somehow insufficiently feminine? More the fool you. Talking about[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato CEO sees challenges and success with Trump

John Keeling has spoken about politics to agricultural crowds for 25 years, but he’s never seen a political climate quite like this. “We’ve seen things over the last year that just have never happened before,” said Keeling, the executive vice president and CEO of the National Potato Council in the US, during his keynote speech at the 28th annual Eastern[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes: Not only eat them, but also drink ’em…

In Ireland, Donegal continues to brew its reputation as one of Ireland’s top producers of fine alcoholic beverages, with a new gin set to be launched this weekend. Behind the new tipple is the Muff Liquor Company, a business recently set up by entrepreneur Laura Bonner and her business partner Tom Russell. They are confident they can entice both novice[Read[Read More…]

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Grower opinion: Instilling confidence for a successful British potato industry

Confidence throughout the supply chain is key to a sustainable potato industry, but how can growers, processors and packers ensure consistent productivity and regular investment in an ever-changing marketplace? The challenges associated with the UK potato sector are not new; a high turnover of varieties, changing consumer habits and hugely volatile commodity prices all add to the complexity of the industry,[Read[Read More…]

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North American produce industry needs to collectively address truck shortage

The entire North American produce industry is suffering from a lack of truck transportation. In order to solve the problem, Ted Kreis, marketing and communications director for Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, based in East Grand Forks, MN, suggested that it would take a massive effort by the entire industry. â€œThis is real,” Kreis said of the national problem. The national truck driver[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes and onions: Partners through time

Potatoes and onions are, more often than not, paired together in retail produce departments in the US. When visiting supermarket produce departments, when shoppers see one, they will find the other. As the two commodities require similar temperatures, retailers frequently merchandise them alongside each other and find sales improve for both items. Potatoes and onions are supplied and transported together, which[Read[Read More…]

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Platform for online trade in potatoes now a reality

An online market for the professional purchase and sale of potatoes worldwide, named Potato Market, is now a reality. It is a project launched recently by the company Agromar, which has facilities and grow potatoes in France and Spain, and is part of the company Intersur, a leader in the production of new potatoes in Spain. “Some years ago, there was[Read[Read More…]

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Award winning soil moisture meter said to be a ‘must-have’ for potato growers

Spectrum Technologies, Inc., based in Illinois in the US, brings soil measurement technology to potato farmers with the FieldScout® TDR350. The TDR350 is a highly relevant tool every potato farmer can find useful and affordable in working toward optimal soil management.  “The TDR350 provides farmers with an objective and consistent way to measure soil moisture, and to determine the best strategy for[Read[Read More…]

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Experts provide practical guidelines for fertilizer management in irrigated potato production

Optimum potato growth and profitable production depend on many management factors, one of which is ensuring a sufficient supply of nutrients. When the supply of nutrients from the soil is not adequate to meet the demands for growth, fertilizer application becomes necessary. A comprehensive nutrient management program is no doubt essential for maintaining a healthy potato crop, optimizing tuber yield[Read[Read More…]

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Colorado potato beetle genome gives insight into major agricultural pest

The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry – and for its ability to resist the insecticides developed to stop it. Managing the beetle costs tens of millions of dollars every year, but this is a welcome alternative to the billions of dollars in damage it could cause if left unchecked. To better understand this tenacious[Read[Read More…]

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Presentation: ‘The weird and wild world of physiological disorders’

This presentation by Dr Andy Robinson at North Dakota State University (NDSU) shows many physiological disorders of potatoes. These disorders can cause minor or major losses in tuber quality. They can be difficult to identify and replicate. This presentation was given at the recent 2018 Manitoba Potato Production Days meeting in Brandon, Canada. Dr Robinson is Extension Agronomist and Assistant[Read[Read More…]

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US: Webinar – Crop Nutrition for Quality Potato Production

Join Agronomist Steve Petrie and Jimmy Ridgway, Crop Manager-Potatoes Yara North America, for this free webinar as they share insights from extensive crop nutrition research and trials that Spudman magazine partner YARA has conducted. They’ll discuss technology, tools and services to help you grow your best crop yet. Jimmy Ridgway has worked in the crop nutrition business in retail, wholesale and manufacturer representation since[Read[Read More…]

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NFU Potato Forum wants to improve relations in British fresh produce sector

The potato supply chain, with its numerous stages on the journey from seed via processing to final customer, has not always been the most transparent. With relations between growers and processors occasionally strained, the sector has found it harder than most to build up trust and confidence throughout the chain. To address the problem, the NFU Potato Forum last month[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Upcoming pest management workshops for potato growers in Alberta province

To grow any crop successfully, you need to have a handle of what pests may be threatening that crop and how to identify them, whether it’s insects, diseases, or weeds. And potatoes are no exception. Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says an upcoming workshop will help producers do just that. Watch an interview with Rob Spencer on YouTube (2:11[Read[Read More…]

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US: Processing expansion impacts demand for Washington and Oregon spuds

Expansion in the processing industry will create new dynamics for Washington and Oregon potato production, the leader of Washington’s potato commission says. â€œWe have incredible growing demand in Asia; we still have growing demand here domestically, and we’ve got to keep up with that,” said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission. “We’ve had international customers on quotas[Read[Read More…]

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US company sees ‘solid interest’ in organic express-bake potato

Farm Fresh Direct featured its organic “Express Bake PotatOH!” at the inaugural Global Organic Produce Expo Jan. 27, which is presented by The Packer and parent company Farm Journal.. The Monte Vista, Colo.-based company actually launched the product a couple of years ago, but the market was not quite ready, said Lonnie Gillespie, director of organic sales and marketing. With its re-release[Read[Read More…]

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Europatat Congress 2018 registrations now open

Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, confirms the dates for the upcoming annual Europatat Congress are May 3-4. Registrations for the event taking place in Brussels (Belgium) are now open. Under the slogan “Potatoes: a healthy, sustainable and responsible sector”, the congress will focus on the many assets of the sector in both political and technical key areas of health, sustainability[Read[Read More…]

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New smart sensor technology to be unveiled at Fruit Logistica event

As a provider of smart sensor technology for producers and processers of fruit, vegetables and more in the food industry, Canadian based aaggrrii’s SmartSpud and ProduceQC solutions help resolve quality issues in fragile produce by pinpointing damage areas in real time. aaggrrii, a division of Masitek Instruments Inc., will be displaying the updated sensors at the Fruit Logistica Exhibition in Berlin,[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato giant weathers poor harvest

Turnover and profits have held firm at Manor Fresh, the Lincolnshire-headquartered supplier of potatoes to retail giant Marks & Spencer, despite a “challenging” market following one of the worst harvests on record. The company, which employs more than 170 staff at its base in Spalding, has reported a slight drop in turnover to £59.2m for the year to 29 April 2017,[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Farmer brothers extend massive deal with Tesco to supply 65,000t of potatoes and veg

Country Crest, the north Dublin-based family-owned agri-business, and Tesco Ireland have confirmed a further extension of its almost 20 year relationship until 2020. Owned by Gabriel and Michael Hoey, Country Crest will continue to supply all potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes to Tesco Ireland’s 149 stores and via online shopping in a deal worth over €60m. The 2020 agreement will see[Read[Read More…]

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