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Dutch experts help Indonesia deal with potato pests

Potato cultivation in the highlands of Indonesia is plagued by a number of pests, including Potato Cyst Nematodes and Phytophthora infestans. Dutch experts are now helping their Indonesian counterparts to find the right approach to control these potato pests. In order to further study, best impede and conquer the spread of the PCN, the Agriculture Quarantine Agency (AQA) of the Indonesian Ministry[Read[Read More…]

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US: WSU releases 2018 growing season potato pest alert, probability of late blight relatively high

Washington State University has released their third potato pest alert which included an insect monitoring report and a potato disease report for the 2018 growing season. WSU Potato alerts come in part from the Washington Potato Commission based out of the Columbia Basin. According to the report, beet leafhoppers (BLH) are a continuingly increasing pest in the across the Columbia Basin. Beet[Read[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston saves energy with installation of modern refrigeration equipment

Potato processor Lamb Weston recently implemented new refrigeration equipment in its Hermiston plant in the US, which company executives said will save 12 million kilowatt hours annually. Project manager Brian Jackson said the new equipment has been operational for about a year, and similar technology will be implemented at the new facility, currently being built in Hermiston. According to Project Manager, Brian[Read[Read More…]

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Tolsma-Grisnich secures order for potato packaging line in China

Equipment manufacturer Tolsma-Grisnich participated in a Dutch trade mission to China during April of this year. One of the highlights of the trip for Tolsma-Grisnich was the signing of an order for a 30 tonnes per hour potato packaging line with Heilongjiang (Keshan) Fumin Agriculture Development Co. Ltd. This business is located in the north-eastern part of China, where local authorities[Read[Read More…]

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Biological fungicide targets powdery mildew, fusarium and phytophthora

BioSafe Systems in the US has released PVent Biological Fungicide through a partnership between BioSafe and Lallemand Plant Care. Due to its active ingredient, a 93 percent Gliocladium catenulam strain J1446, BioSafe said the fungicide  has unique adaption traits, meaning that it can thrive across broad ranges of temperature and humidity, both in the soil and on leaf and stem tissue.[Read[Read More…]

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NL: Newly appointed Managing Director to focus on Nedato’s strategic plan

Dutch potato packer Nedato has appointed Carel van Buchem as Managing Director effective May 28, 2018. Carel van Buchem has broad national and international experience as general and commercial manager in the field of nutrition, retail and raw material streams. He has worked at various companies including Van Dijk Delft, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Nedalco and Cargill. In cooperation with current management, Carel[Read[Read More…]

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Russia lifts ban on Egyptian potato exports from 8 regions

Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry Tariq Qabeel said that the Russian authorities have agreed to lift the ban on Egypt exports of potatoes from 8 agricultural areas and to allow the export of these crops starting from June 6. The minister said in a statement on Saturday that the decision comes as a culmination of the negotiations held in Russia[Read[Read More…]

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How soil type affects nutrient readings and management

All healthy soils have similar qualities, like good drainage and a sufficient nutrient supply. But improving the health of your soil is much easier if you know and understand your soil type; it affects how farmers measure and manage the nutrients in the ground. Soil type is determined by two factors: soil texture (whether the soil’s particles are mostly sand, silt,[Read[Read More…]

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Blackheart and senescent sweetening: Two serious physiological issues with potato tubers during storage

In the latest issue of AHDB Potatoes’ regular Storage Bulletin, it is noted that potato tubers are living organisms that go through a number of physiological processes during storage, such as respiration and dormancy. These processes are affected by a variety of factors, which determine the quality of your potatoes and their resulting value in your market of choice. It[Read[Read More…]

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New test kit for the detection of bacterial ring rot in potatoes

Agdia has commercialized a rapid and user-friendly DNA test kit based on its AmplifyRP XRT+ platform, for detection of the causal agent of bacterial ring rot (BRR) in potato. Clavibacter ichiganensis subsp. sepedonicus (Cms) is primarily spread through infected seed stock and/or through contaminated farm equipment. Cms is a zero-tolerance pathogen in U.S. seed potato certification programs and can have substantial financial implications for a grower if[Read[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland’s Mash Direct chips away at international markets

Families up and down the country are today celebrating their love of fish and chips, as they come together on National Fish & Chip Day 2018. Pubs, chip shops and restaurants across Britain will be serving the nation’s favourite dish, celebrating the farmers and fisherman who bring produce to plate. From fish and potatoes through to salt and vinegar, the[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Robust potato blight control needed in late planting season

British potato growers are being urged to stay on top of blight disease this season as late spring plantings mean it is even more critical to maintain green leaf area through the summer to maximise yields. In such a late planting season, crop experts say robust blight control will be vital after delayed crop establishment is likely to lead to late[Read[Read More…]

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The Great South African Potato event: How potatoes can alleviate hunger

Do not peel potatoes or deep fry them, suggests South African dietitian Clare Strydom. She stressed that when peeled and soaked before cooking, a large proportion of the water-soluble vitamins could be lost. Strydom was speaking during the Great South African Potato event ahead of World Hunger Day. Potatoes South Africa and Meals on Wheels are among stakeholders who got together last week[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland’s Keogh’s to help develop potato farming in Ethiopia

The award-winning Keogh’s Farm in north Co Dublin has committed to a three-year partnership with Vita, which will see it become the first Irish food business to go carbon neutral. Developing a sustainable potato cultivation programme for Ethiopian farmers is the aim of the partnership. Vita is the only Irish not-for-profit overseas development agency to deliver a platform for Irish companies to[Read[Read More…]

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Sustainability: Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology helps potato processors to cut down on water usage

The Pulsemaster Pulsed Electric Field PEF technology and equipment used in potato processing plants, are said to improve food quality and food safety, optimise process efficiency, and reduce energy costs. In a Vimeo video - – viewers will notice how Pulsemaster’s Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) Conditioner is used in practice for the production of frozen french fries without a pre-heater. This[Read[Read More…]

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Spud celebration: Royal potato growers celebrate milestone anniversary

Jersey’s potato growers are celebrating a special anniversary this year to mark the moment an ingenious farmer turned a few misshapen potatoes into a premium British crop. This spring marks the 140th anniversary of Jersey Royal potatoes, an agricultural icon with a quintessentially Jersey heritage. It is the only stem vegetable in the British Isles with Protection Designation of Origin status,[Read[Read More…]

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Blight research: GM potato, IPM can reduce environmental impact of potato production by over 95%

Researchers with Teagasc in Ireland have concluded their field study which investigated both the environmental and agronomic impact of a GM potato variety genetically engineered to resist late blight disease, caused by Phytophthora infestans. Potato late blight can rapidly destroy potato crops with growers commonly having to resort to spraying their crops with fungicides on a near weekly basis. Teagasc research[Read[Read More…]

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Deep down: Late blight’s chemical attack mechanism explained

A team of international researchers headed by scientists from the University of Tübingen in Germany has deciphered the workings of a cytolytic toxin, which is produced by some of the world’s most devastating crop diseases. The cytolysin is manufactured by pathogens such as bacteria and fungi and can wipe out entire harvests if chemical protection is not used. The study — by researchers from Tübingen and[Read[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress event: Company unveils new technology for enhanced monitoring of potato crop development

VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of clean tech and sustainable development. The company’s WatchITGrow technology is said to allow for better monitoring of potato production leading to increased yields. This tool helps farmers to optimize crop production in a sustainable way. After the so-called “shadow map” which was introduced earlier this year, watchITgrow now unveils a[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission prepares for international sales push

The Idaho Potato Commission has hired Ross Johnson as international marketing director, preparing for an expanded sales push in the U.S. and export markets. Johnson, most recently global marketing manager for retail at Potatoes USA, has also had management positions at Kraft and ConAgra, according to a news release. With consumer research experience from those positions, Johnson will focus on data and category management. “We[Read[Read More…]

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