Equipment/Technology

Sustainable technology company successfully converts Lay’s potato chip bag to make plastic bottles

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. [PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most common plastic for single-use bottled beverages, because it[Read More…]

Canadian drone service company helps farmers to assess crop health

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…]

Agriculture's new apps: Precision innovation to feed the world

Precision weather tracking, ‘blood pressure monitoring’ for plants, and complex nutrient analysis apps are now the ‘must-have’ tools for modern farmers. With agriculture using 70% of the world’s freshwater resources and severely degrading one third of the earth’s land through over-fertilisation, such innovations are vital. Meet the Agricultural Scientists changing the way we are fed, one field at a time… Source:[Read More…]

George Moate company now offers potato growers 25% discount on its Triple Tillerstar bedformer machine

George Moate announced today that the company now offers its 3 bed Tillerstar bedformer machine at 25% off the list price. “The 3 Bed Tillerstar is the only way to create three beds for potatoes, root vegetables or salad crops in a single pass on unprepared land,” says Estevao Conde, Marketing Administrator at George Moate in the UK.

Hummingbird Technologies enters Eastern European market; launches Knockdown product in Australia

Hummingbird is very pleased to announce that the company has taken a first step towards the Eastern European market. Starting with Poland, Hummingbird signed a reseller agreement with ProGea SKY. ProGea will be reselling Hummingbird’s product services for potatoes, sugar beet, and cereals. They will also function as a collaborative data collection partner. For more information on this agreement, please[Read More…]

How a new generation of autonomous robots help plant breeders to shape the crops of tomorrow

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…]

Input suppliers, govt and industry stakeholders collaborate to boost yields of potato farmers in Kenya

In Kenya, potatoes are a key staple food, second only to maize. Yet its potato value chain has been underdeveloped for decades. This has been acknowledged by the Kenyan government. Over the past years, it has been investing in the potato sector in order to realize an increase of output per hectare and a growth in potato smallholders’ income. Last[Read More…]

Battling late blight: GMO modified Agrico potato varieties soon to be distributed to farmers in Bangladesh

With the objective of eradicating the late blight disease in potato, the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) in Domar upazila is currently growing trial varieties that are said to be resistant to the disease. Based on the success of growing the trial varieties at its Foundation Seed Potato Production Farm (FSPPF) in Domar, the BADC hopes to distribute seed of[Read More…]

Manufacturer of novel insulation coating material eyes potato storages and potato processing facilities

Advanced Coating Solutions, headquartered in Kirkland, WA in the US produces a thin insulation coating material that works by blocking heat transfer. Instead of using mass to work as a heat sink and absorb heat (fiberglass), the thin insulation coating works like the ‘Low E’ window concept, where thin oxide coatings diffuse infrared radiation. According to Richard Stratton, founder and[Read More…]

Precision farming: SMART Fertilizer Management launches new SMART software program and unique pricing model

SMART Fertilizer Management, headquartered in the UK and operating globally, is a precision agriculture company that specializes in providing fertilizer management tools to agronomists and farmers alike. The company’s core product, the online SMART fertilizer software program, has been tested and proven by a multitude of users in more than 60 countries around the world. The software can be applied[Read More…]

WPC webinar reminder: Hybrid Breeding and Hybrid True Potato Seeds (HTPS) Revolutionizing The Potato Industry

Don’t miss out on the World Potato Congress’ (WPC) second webinar of 2020 featuring Mr. Hein Kruyt, CEO of Solynta.  The webinar will be hosted this coming Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada). Here’s how to register in advance:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_56DjN0QuQSm1MulwjtpqGwFollowing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Webinar participants will be[Read More…]

Upcoming event: International Potato Technology Expo to take place this week

The International Potato Technology Expo returns to Charlottetown on Canada’s Prince Edward Island this Friday, February 21 and Saturday the 22nd. The event welcomes those who grow and package potatoes, together with the leading manufacturers of equipment and product solutions from across the Maritimes and beyond. The highly successful international event has been held biennially for more than two decades.[Read More…]

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