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US: Zebra chip control costs potato growers nearly $11 million each year

According to a news report by Capital Press, zebra chip disease control costs farmers in major potato-growing areas in the US – in particular the Northwest – nearly $11 million each year, said Gina Greenway, business and accounting assistant professor at the College of Idaho. Greenway is also working to quantify zebra chip’s effects on potato quality and developing a cost-benefit analysis[Read[Read More…]

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Duravant to acquire sorting and conveying company Key Technology

Material handling and processing specialist Duravant announced today that it has agreed to acquire Key Technology, which makes digital sorting, inspecting and conveying equipment for the food industry, in a deal worth approximately $175 million. Key Technology’s portfolio includes highly intelligent optical inspection and digital sorting systems, vibratory conveying systems, and process and preparation systems. As well as headquarters in Walla[Read[Read More…]

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HZPC to venture into the export of true potato seed?

According to a news report published yesterday on the Dutch agriculture website Agf.nl, potato seed breeder and supplier of seed and ware potatoes, HZPC, intends to export true potato seed (TPS) in the near future. The company, based in the Netherlands with subsidiaries in several other countries, reportedly see opportunities for the export of true potato seed to countries in[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists create potato starch paint as petroleum-free alternative

Researchers in Germany have derived film formers for paint using potato starch. Although there has been numerous attempts to use “organic” components as a base for paint, none have proved to be at par with industry standards. This step from the science community at Fraunhofer has allowed us to have an insight towards creating true “natural” coating products that leaves[Read[Read More…]

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Project to improve forecasting of UK’s most damaging potato disease

A collaborative project has been announced to improve forecasting of UK’s most important potato pest. A team of researchers aim to improve the accuracy of a calculator which is used as a forecasting tool for growers to predict potato cyst nematode (PCN). To help growers to formulate control strategies, AHDB Potatoes created the ‘PCN Calculator’ for the most troublesome species, Globodera pallida. The calculator enables[Read[Read More…]

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US: Industry cooperation key to progress, potato growers told

The potato industry has had better luck recently in securing federal research dollars due to improved cooperation among its national and state organizations, three industry leaders said Jan. 17 during the Eastern Idaho Potato Conference. The speakers included National Potato Council Executive Vice President and CEO John Keeling; Pat Kole, the Idaho Potato Commission’s vice president of legal and government affairs;[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Seed potato suppliers to retail market see 10-15% sales increase

Taylor’s Bulbs says seed potato sales are 10-15% up following the decision by Westland/Unwins and Thompson & Morgan to pull out of the 2018 garden centre seed potato supply market. Taylor’s director Adam Taylor says seed potato sales have started already. JBA Seed Potatoes completed the outright purchase of the Westlands/Unwins seed potato business as of 8 August 2017. JBA’s Iain Barbour said:[Read[Read More…]

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US: First San Luis Valley Potato Business Summit focused on economics, future strategies and technology

In the first San Luis Valley Potato Business Summit on Monday in Monte Vista, topics focused more on economics, future strategies and technology than varieties, diseases and rotations. Speakers in what organizers hope to be an annual event talked about markets, the economy, digital agriculture and setting goals for the future. Sterling Liddell with Rabobank, the largest global agricultural lender, discussed economic[Read[Read More…]

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Tong Engineering appoints new dealer for Scotland

Potato and vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering announced that it has appointed ScanStone potato systems as the company’s new approved dealer for Scotland. Tong Engineering has confirmed its partnership with ScanStone in order to strengthen its relationship with potato and vegetable growers throughout Scotland. Located just outside Forfar, Angus, ScanStone is a family-owned and operated business, designing and manufacturing a wide[Read[Read More…]

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New potato equipment innovations showcased at Agritechnica event

The Agritechnica event in Hanover, Germany is the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and a big draw for farmers who want to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Spud Smart magazine in Canada was there in November of last year for a firsthand look at some of the latest innovations in the potato sector during the Agritechnica 2017 event. The German[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists say eating potatoes could help combat dementia

Move over goji berries and green tea and make way for the humble tattie. The latest research suggests potatoes can play a significant role in helping combat everything from heart attacks to cancer and strokes and now it seems they could even stave off dementia. Agricultural research scientists from Scotland’s James Hutton Institute (JHI) believe it’s time to put spuds[Read[Read More…]

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Herbicide injury in potato an important focus of university extension program

The Potato Extension program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) / University of Minnesota (U of M) is focused on developing science-based solutions to address potato production management problems by increasing economic and environmental sustainability through improved management practices. One of the major Extension and research interests include working on herbicide injury in potato and developing educational tools to[Read[Read More…]

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China sending potatoes, weeds along with humans to the moon

Several countries across the world are currently eyeing earth’s celestial companion; among which China is one of the most promising contenders, planning to send not only astronauts. but also the eggs of silkworms, a tiny weed named Arabidopsis (rockcress), and potato plants to the moon by the end of the year. “The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide,[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: State of the art food safety equipment adds value to Prince Edward Island table potatoes

It will now be possible for a Prince Edward Island fresh potato processing operation to inspect the inside of potatoes with new technology called the Sherlock Separator-2400. On Friday, RWL Holdings Ltd received more than $400,000 provincial funding to acquire and install specialized food safety equipment. The Sherlock Separator, manufactured by Austrian based company Insort, is a chemical imaging machine that uses[Read[Read More…]

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India: Punjab to export potatoes to Russia and Middle East; eyeing Europe and the Americas also

Four months after farmers dumped potatoes on roads in some parts of the state, seeking remunerative price for the produce, the Punjab government has allowed the export of potatoes to Russia and the Middle East. The past few years have witnessed surplus production of potatoes in the state. This glut in production and no buyers due to demonetisation over the past[Read[Read More…]

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Syngenta and NRGene collaboration expected to have ‘disruptive impact’ on the world food supply

Syngenta, a global agrochemical and seed company that manufactures several chemical products used by many potato producers around the world, and NRGene, a genomic big data company based in Israel, announced earlier this week that they are advancing their cooperation in breeding and trait discovery in key crops, including potatoes. In a press release it is said that Syngenta has licensed NRGene’s GenoMAGICTM,[Read[Read More…]

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New research study sheds light on metalaxyl resistance in potatoes

Since the 1990’s, metalaxyl resistance of the late blight causing oomycete Phytophthora infestans have been continually reported in many potato producing countries, bringing the attention of the scientific community worldwide. Scientists have tried to understand how Phytophthora infestans and other pathogens acquire resistance to such powerful chemicals. Based on scientific research, several theories on fungicide resistance have been proposed, although none seems to[Read[Read More…]

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European potato market overview: Demand nearly nonexistent in France

The potato organization FIWAP (Filière Wallonne de la Pomme de terre) in Belgium has published it’s latest weekly report. According to the report, there is virtually no demand for processing potatoes in France, although some buyers are expected to return to the market in the coming weeks / months as contract volumes are completed. The fresh market is also moving[Read[Read More…]

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Drones and the Digital Future of Agriculture

A growing global population, less available arable land, aging workforces, and climate change, mean that the pressures on producers in agriculture are becoming more complex. Meeting these challenges requires new innovations to optimize production, costs, quality and quantity, while balancing the need for environmental sustainability. An innovation conversation has begun, revolving around the benefits of digitizing the production. This conversation reflects[Read[Read More…]

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US: Spudnik celebrates 60 years

Sixty years after launching, Spudnik is doing well in the potato race. The company, which traces its origins back to two brothers who invented a potato “scooper” to do the backbreaking, potato-piling labor farmworkers had to do by hand before, employs about 300 people today and makes more than 70 equipment models. “We are equipment manufacturers. We try to be seen[Read[Read More…]

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Peru does not have a potato processing plant, despite increasing demand

Last Tuesday, farmers and producers of white potatoes raised their voices and went on strike because of the fall in tuber prices. According to farmers, prices started to fall because of the import of pre-fried potatoes from countries like the Netherlands and the US. The pre-fried potatoes are white potatoes that are ready to be fried and be used in meals.[Read[Read More…]

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