Equipment/Technology

From farm to robot to fork: How the Internet of Things is moving us towards ‘agriculture 4.0’

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to make big advancements in many fields, but none more so – literally – than in agriculture, according to John Deere’s Richard Johnson. He describes modern agriculture as living in a period he refers to as ‘agriculture 4.0’, much like we talk of industry 4.0 and the amalgamation of every technological advancement within the area of IoT. Right[Read[Read More…]

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‘Rooted apical cuttings’: Promising technology with potential to boost quality potato seed production

Seed potato farmers in Kenya’s potato growing regions are adopting promising technology with potential to boost quality seed availability. The farmers are using rooted apical cuttings as starter material for seed production as opposed to certified seed. The cuttings technology has been introduced in Kenya by the International Potato Center (CIP) under a programme funded by the United States Agency for[Read[Read More…]

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‘Chip[s] board’ – An eco-friendly alternative to medium-density fibreboard made from potato peelings

Two Kingston University graduates in the UK have created an environmentally friendly, sustainable and biodegradable alternative to medium-density fibreboard (MDF), and the product was produced from potato peelings. Graduates Rob Nicol and Rowan Minkley are the team behind Chip[s] Board® – a potato-based product turning food waste material from restaurants into a robust ready-to-use chipboard-like sheet. “Unlike its resin based counterparts, Chip[s] Board® is[Read[Read More…]

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Chep pooled pallets gives Albert Bartlett environmental edge

Leading potato supplier, Albert Bartlett, is enjoying significant environmental savings within its supply chain thanks to the use of Chep’s pooled pallets. The Scottish potato company supplies own label and branded lines of potatoes to retail, wholesale, food service and processing customers, and recently signed a three-year contract renewal with Chep, an international company dealing in pallet and container pooling[Read[Read More…]

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US: International Crop Expo returns

The International Crop Expo began 17 years ago and the event returns Feb. 21-22 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. Roughly 4,000 people and 170 exhibitors are expected to attend. It begins at 9 a.m. both days and ends at 5 p.m Feb. 21 and 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Admission and parking are free. “We think there’s a lot[Read[Read More…]

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Award winning soil moisture meter said to be a ‘must-have’ for potato growers

Spectrum Technologies, Inc., based in Illinois in the US, brings soil measurement technology to potato farmers with the FieldScout® TDR350. The TDR350 is a highly relevant tool every potato farmer can find useful and affordable in working toward optimal soil management.  “The TDR350 provides farmers with an objective and consistent way to measure soil moisture, and to determine the best strategy for[Read[Read More…]

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New smart sensor technology to be unveiled at Fruit Logistica event

As a provider of smart sensor technology for producers and processers of fruit, vegetables and more in the food industry, Canadian based aaggrrii’s SmartSpud and ProduceQC solutions help resolve quality issues in fragile produce by pinpointing damage areas in real time. aaggrrii, a division of Masitek Instruments Inc., will be displaying the updated sensors at the Fruit Logistica Exhibition in Berlin,[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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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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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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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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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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Germany: Potato ‘Premieres and Innovations’ to feature at Fruit Logistica 2018

Trade visitors can start gearing up for the Fruit Logistica event, taking place from February, 7-9, in Berlin, Germany, with “Spotlight – Premieres and Innovations at Fruit Logistica 2018”. The 68 Spotlight reports published so far include 23 world premieres and 11 European premieres. Spotlight also includes potato products and equipment for potatoes, such as SmartSpud™, said to be the industry’s leading smart sensor[Read[Read More…]

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Smart panels and irrigation monitoring: A perfect pair

Why pair up smart panels and irrigation monitoring? Well, in short, it’s the same reason any pair is formed – to help consumers save resources by increasing product efficiency. If you want a better idea of how smart panels fit into the picture, maybe the best thing to do is to take a look at some other “smart” technologies on[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Grimme and Spudnik introduce new potato harvester

Big red Grimme potato harvesters are anything but a common sight here in Canada, but spud growers will likely recognize the name of one of Grimme’s brand subsidiaries, U.S.-based Spudnik, which it acquired in 2003. Spudnik has been a major potato equipment supplier in North America for a long time. The Grimme brand harvesters are generally smaller in capacity than their[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists eye potato starch as bio-based solution for paints and varnishes

If a surface has to be protected against corrosion, in 80 percent of all cases this takes place through coating it with paints or varnishes. When doing so, the proportion of bio-based, environmentally-friendly solutions is extremely small. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, are[Read[Read More…]

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The science behind why chip bags are mostly air

We have all been victims of potato chips bags, among others, which have packages so big only to have the actual chips occupying barely half of the bag. It’s pretty disappointing for us as consumers, but perhaps we have to live with that: because the packaging is designed that way. That extra space in packaging called slack fill is legally[Read[Read More…]

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