Equipment/Technology

Real-time harvest quality data helps potato profits

Potato growers are using technology and real-time data to get the most money for their crop. Madhu Jamallamudi is an analyst with AgroMetrics, and works with growers to make use of quality grading data as potatoes are being harvested.  Jamallamuidi tells Brownfield News that new crop data from USDA inspectors and processing plants is getting back to growers while they are[Read[Read More…]

Canada: Islander produces trap to prevent potato-eating wireworm

An Islander has heeded the call to mass manufacture a trap to fight P.E.I.’s wireworm pest. Ralph Yeo said he decided to start producing the wire trap after reading about its invention about a year ago. Christine Noronha, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada entomologist, had created the trap and trademarked it in early 2016, but needed someone to manufacture it. Yeo, who until[Read[Read More…]

Vietnamese scientists create better quality potato in aeroponic environmen

A Vietnamese group of scientists headed by Prof Nguyen Quang Thach has successfully created a high-quality potato variety in aeroponic environment. Meanwhile, aeroponic-farmed vegetables are now used by many Vietnamese. “With farming area of 200 square meters, I can provide 100 kilos of vegetables to the market everyday,” said Duong Minh Trung, director of Rau Sach Ngon. Trung said the farming model saves[Read[Read More…]

US: Volm Companies’ Matt Alexander Talks Light-Blocker Half-N-Half® Bags

One of the many goals I have seen across the board in fresh produce, is the mission to find better ways to extend shelf-life through innovation. When it comes to the potato category, Volm Companies has retailers covered with its Light-Blocker Half-N-Half® Bags. Matt Alexander, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, joined me to discuss the highlights of Volm’s technology and what[Read[Read More…]

Ireland: €1m investigation into in-field sensors for barley and potato disease begins

Backed with a €1m investment from the Department of Agriculture, a number of research institutions are looking to get to the bottom of crop disease. Ireland’s two most important crops are barley and potato, and disease poses a significant challenge to these and many other strands of agriculture. With that in mind, Scope, a new research project addressing the issue, brings Tyndall National Institute,[Read[Read More…]

TNA celebrates 35 years of innovation in packaging and processing equipment

TNA, a leading supplier of food processing and packaging solutions, celebrates 35 years of bringing innovative food equipment solutions on the market. Founded in Sydney, Australia, in February 1982 by Alf and Nadia Taylor, the company transformed the snack food industry by launching the world’s first ever high-speed vertical form fill system – the tna robag® – in 1985. Since[Read[Read More…]

Tong expands Sales Division with the appointment of new Commercial Manager

Tong Engineering, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of quality handling equipment for the vegetable and recycling industries, has announced the appointment of Ian Hodgson to the newly created role of Commercial Manager. The new role has been developed as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to maximising its capabilities within the UK and Export markets. This new appointment brings commercial[Read[Read More…]

UK: Potato cyst nematode calculator – A web based educational tool and decision justifier

Potato cyst nematode is the most important potato pest in the UK and has the potential to cause substantial yield losses. There are two species of PCN, Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida. G. pallida has become widespread due to its prolonged hatching period and the selection pressure created by the cultivation of many varieties that are resistant to G. rostochiensis but[Read[Read More…]

US: Wireless tool provides remote management of precision variable rate irrigation

Lindsay Corporation has announced that it now offers Growsmart by Lindsay Precision VRI integrated with FieldNET to provide complete remote pivot management, including VRI control, monitoring and reporting. With Precision VRI, growers can precisely apply the correct amount of water or chemicals over multiple crops, soil types and terrains. When integrated with FieldNET remote management, growers have the ability to easily[Read[Read More…]

Australia: NewCold gains McCain Foods as warehouse customer

Automatic warehousing technology was the hook NewCold has hung the McCain Foods Australia contract from for its new Truganina facility. The 10-year deal starting in July is part of the foods group’s “ongoing effort to improve supply chain efficiencies to help customers meet consumer demands”. The facility, being built by storage equipment manufacturer Dematic, will consist of an integrated system combining automated[Read[Read More…]

Europe: Potato harvest goes directly to the supermarkets

Selling potatoes, but differently. No bags of 2.5 or 5 kilogram but, as with nuts, getting your preferred portions from the tap of a dispenser system. It is a solution that shortens the distance from harvest to supermarket. In Northern Europe, this system is very successful in supermarkets, according to Olaf ter Haar. He supports this innovation for the Enterprise[Read[Read More…]

Video: Drip irrigated potato processing crop

A year in the life of a Netafim drip irrigated processing potato crop in the UK. The crop was destined to be processed as potato crisps (chips) produced by Pepsico. The project was designed, commissioned and managed by Netafim’s UK technical partner, Eden Irrigation Consultancy Ltd. Watch video You are unauthorized to view this page.

Potato Storage: Ventilating correctly after cool-down pays off

Adequate ventilation, done in order to manage the by-products of respiration and maintain a uniform pile temperature, is critical to managing one’s potato pile through long-term storage. Yet, over-ventilation can cause significant quality and weight loss, as well as increasing power consumption unnecessarily. Potato tubers oxidize glucose in their mitochondria to produce the nutrients that keep them viable through dormancy. Successful[Read[Read More…]

Researchers program drone to hunt PVY in potatoes

Researchers say they’ve pinpointed individual spud plants infected with potato virus Y with 90 percent accuracy, using hyperspectral cameras mounted on drones. Donna Delparte, an assistant professor of geosciences at Idaho State University, and graduate student Mike Griffel have successfully tested a “computer-learning” algorithm they developed to tease out PVY from spectral imaging “background noise,” such as field variability and unrelated[Read[Read More…]

US: Spud equipment sales remain steady

Farm equipment manufacturers participating in the recent Agricultural Expo at Holt Arena say they’re still doing plenty of business on machinery used in potato production, though sales of agricultural equipment in general have slumped, report Capital Press. Leaders in agricultural equipment production such as John Deere have reported sharp declines in sales during the past two years, due to depressed commodity[Read[Read More…]

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