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Potato areas on the rise in North West Europe

Despite low prices this season, potato areas are on the rise in North West Europe in 2018. The NEPG (North-western European Potato Growers) estimates that the top 5 producing countries will plant 0.4% more potato acreage compared to last year. Current stocks are high, but due to delayed planting and the late onset of market rush, NEPG expects the current season[Read[Read More…]

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Record year for Potato Lover’s Month contest

A grand total of 5,266 retail displays nationwide flew the flag for Idaho potatoes in this year’s Potato Lover’s Month Display Contest — the most entrants ever in the competition’s 27-year history. “We couldn’t be more thrilled about all the enthusiasm for the Idaho potato brand,” said IPC Marketing Manager Jamie Bowen. “Retailers tell us they have a great time creating[Read[Read More…]

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Teagasc: GM potato trial cuts blight fungicide use by up to 90%

A genetically modified potato variety designed to resist the devastating disease blight, enabled fungicide use to be cut by 80-90% in trials, without compromising efficacy or yield. Research company Teagasc has concluded that combining GM technology with an integrated approach to disease control can dramatically cut the overall environmental impact of potato growing. Irish researchers spent the past three years comparing one[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian Potato Truck Pull event seeks to top $106,000 for cancer care

In 2015, Canadian couple Jamie and Amy Smart decided to throw together a fundraiser for the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation to help others in the midst of their battle with the disease. The Smart’s son Dawson, now a healthy eight-year-old, has fought and defeated kidney cancer. When he was one, Dawson was diagnosed with a Wilm’s Tumor, which forced him to[Read[Read More…]

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US: Skyline stays the course for 2018 potato program

Expecting the 2017 storage crop to run well into the summer, Skyline Potato General Manager Les Alderete said in late April demand was good and prices have held steady so far in 2018. He said no major changes are planned for the conventional russet and organic russet and red program. “Our supplies will go through the end of July,” Alderete reported[Read[Read More…]

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Potato storage builders offer exclusive advice

What factors can help potato improve storage conditions and reducing loss as much as possible? Potato Business Digital spoke with specialists from Tolsma and Agrovent to find out. When designing a new cold storage one should think about the following things, Jan van Maldegem, marketing manager at Tolsma-Grisnich, explains that different varieties with different storage temperatures (for example creating independent[Read[Read More…]

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Grimme opens potato equipment production plant in China

Franz, Christine und Christoph Grimme recently inaugurated the modern Grimme plant in Tianjin, China. With an investment in excess of ‎€ 13 million (USD 15.7 million) GRIMME China is the largest single investment in the 150-year history of the company outside of Germany. Initially the production will be focused on a range of equipment for potato cultivation developed specifically for[Read[Read More…]

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US: New potato marketing order proposal makes room for niche varieties

Accounting for the rising popularity of fingerling potatoes and other niche varieties, size requirements for Idaho potato varieties would change under a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The proposal acts on a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee to revise the variety classifications that determine the size requirements for potatoes grown in certain counties of Idaho and Oregon’s Malheur County,[Read[Read More…]

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Study: Eating potatoes better for losing weight than calorie-counting

Potato lovers, rejoice! A new study has found eating spuds could actually help people lose more weight than counting calories and watching what you eat. The research, conducted by Leeds University in the United Kingdom and published in the Journal of Nutrition, found low density energy foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta are more effective when it comes to reducing food cravings.[Read[Read More…]

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Alberta poised to topple Prince Edward Island as Canada’s spud king

At the moment, Alberta province is processing more spuds than ever before. Last year, potato production in this province reached a record 907,184 tons. “We’ve seen potato production in Alberta more than double over the last 20 years or so, and we’re just actually right behind Prince Edward Island and Manitoba in third spot for potato production,” said Todd Hirsch,[Read[Read More…]

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San Luis Valley Research Center’s ongoing spud studies

As he nears his three-year anniversary as manager of the San Luis Valley Research Center, Tyler Thompson said the upgrades and changes at Colorado State University’s College of Ag Sciences facility north of Monte Vista are too numerous to list. Just in the past year, Thompson said, the potato research center has seen the development of a continuous sterilizing seed cutter,[Read[Read More…]

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Late blight: Specialist warns US growers to be on lookout for genotype US-8

According to Amanda J. Gevens, Associate Professor & Extension Vegetable Plant Pathologist, UW-Madison, http://usablight.org is again up and running for 2018 in an effort to support the detection and characterization of late blight on tomato and potato crops from the U.S. Already this year, late blight has been confirmed on potato and tomato in Florida, she says. In all cases[Read[Read More…]

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German potato packing firms fined for price fixing

Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, imposed fines totalling Euro 13.2m on Hans-Willi Buhmer Verpackung und Vertrieb GmbH Co. KG and Kartoffel-Kuhn GmbH. Buhmer is one of the two main potato and onion packaging plants while Kuhn is only in south-west Germany. They are the major suppliers of packed potatoes and onions to the Metro group. Since early 2005 and until[Read[Read More…]

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US: Monte Vista Potato Growers continues steady growth curve

With 2018’s crop being planted in late April and 2017 potatoes running until the end of July, Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista continues to expand in volume and in shipments, particularly to Mexico. General Manager Jason Tillman said in mid-April the cooperative now is made up of 11 growers, and he said volume has increased 35 percent in the[Read[Read More…]

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UK: High hopes for new potato herbicide

CPM find out more about a new herbicide for use in potatoes and how it has impressed in trials giving good control of a broad range of weeds. The new herbicide which Bayer is hoping to introduce for the start of the 2019 season, approval permitting, currently carries the development code SP01664 and is in demonstration trials around the UK. Containing the active[Read[Read More…]

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Mouth sensor can measure the salt in every potato chip you eat

If you’re one of the approximately 36 million adults in the United States with high blood pressure (also called hypertension), your doctor may have lectured you about the importance of reducing your sodium intake. Maybe you listened, and maybe you even intended to follow your doctor’s advice. But sodium, the primary component of table salt, is everywhere in our modern diets—in snack foods, in[Read[Read More…]

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Mahindra & Mahindra joins McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as strategic partners in Canadian Resson

Resson, a predictive analytics company for the agricultural industry, announced a $14 million financing deal that welcomed Mahindra & Mahindra as a strategic partner, joining existing strategic partners McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as well as existing investors Build Ventures, Rho Canada, BDC Capital, East Valley Ventures and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. Resson uses machine learning, big data analytics and[Read[Read More…]

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European potato sector concludes successful Europatat Congress

Last Friday 4 May, the European potato community gathered in Brussels for the Europatat Congress 2018. Under the slogan “Potatoes: a healthy, sustainable and responsible sector”, the annual event focused on the many assets of the sector in the areas of health, nutrition, sustainability and social corporate responsibility, and how they feed into the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. The[Read[Read More…]

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Swede sells first potatoes of the season for 80,000 kronor

The first potatoes of the season have gone under the hammer in Sweden, a country where such an event is considered one of great significance. Forty kilos of the spuds were sold for 2,000 kronor per kilo at the auction on Bjärehalvön in southern Sweden on Tuesday. To put that into perspective, it is around 200 times more than what a[Read[Read More…]

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Why one nutritionist calls potatoes nature’s diet pill

Nutritionist JJ Virgin and Dr. Oz in the US reveal what science says about spuds and why the humble tater isn’t as bad as you may think. While we have been taught for so long that potatoes are the enemy when it comes to keeping the weight off, today’s experts suggest that may not be the case. With potato consumption[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Return to profit for historic potato wholesaler

A historic potato wholesaler headquartered in Macclesfield has returned to profit and increased revenue towards £40m. E Park & Sons was established in 1924. It supplies own-label, branded and bulkware products to the likes of Asda, Aldi, The Co-op and Nisa. Operating from sites in Doncaster, Lincolnshire and Pembroke, it employs a workforce of about 170. For the year to 30 June 2017, E[Read[Read More…]

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