Equipment/Technology

Belgium: Potatoes are washed in ‘Jacuzzis’

The potato company Warnez has recently installed pre-soak tanks, also known as “Jacuzzis for potatoes”. “This is unique in Belgium and still unprecedented for potatoes. The potatoes will have to spend less time in the washing installation due to this investment, thus decreasing the probability of damage and bruises.” the company says. “The ‘jacuzzis’ also increase the general quality and washability[Read[Read More…]

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The secret art of making stackable potato chips

If you ever wondered how this particular type of snack is made, you should definitely watch this brief but comprehensive video. Turns out it takes only about 20 minutes to make a tube of stackable potato chips. Watch video You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Canada: Ontario Potato Field Day held near Alliston

Potato farmers from across the province got together to see the latest and greatest in farming equipment technology and crop varieties at HJV Equipment’s annual Ontario Potato Field Day. The farm equipment business located on County Road 10, south of Baxter, has hosted the event for several years, and it is held in conjunction with Frito Lay’s annual farmers’ conference down[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato event showcased latest industry developments

The Potatoes in Practice event held near Dundee, Scotland, showcased the latest industry breakthroughs in breeding, pest and disease control, storage and marketing. Journalists for FG Insight visited the event to provide an overview of these industry developments. A new trial shows ferric phosphate is an effective alternative to metaldehyde for reduction of slug damage to potatoes, with timing crucial to[Read[Read More…]

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AVR demonstrates ‘All Conditions Control’ option for Puma 3 at Potato Europe

When you´re dealing with wet clay soil, for example, instead of the normal front-end you can opt for the All Conditions Control (ACC). This front-end enables you to dig up the potatoes without putting the slightest pressure on the ridges (diabolo-free, because the diabolos hover above the ridges). This can be a great advantage under difficult harvesting conditions. The diabolos[Read[Read More…]

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Soil mapping drone on its way from Canada to Australia to help potato growers

Drone  technology being used to map soil type and quality in Canadian potato crops will be available in Australia by the end of the year. The industry-based, not-for-profit body ViCSPA is working with A&L Canada Laboratories in Ontario, Canada to bring one of the machines to Australia and assist its members to access soil services. A&L Canada Laboratories president Greg Patterson told[Read[Read More…]

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Soil mapping drone on its way to Australia to help potato growers

Drone  technology being used to map soil type and quality in Canadian potato crops will be available in Australia by the end of the year. The industry-based, not-for-profit body ViCSPA is working with A&L Canada Laboratories in Ontario to bring one of the machines to Australia and assist its members to access soil services. A&L Canada Laboratories president Greg Patterson told growers[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato research substation giving pest-control invention a trial run

A new invention designed to cut the click beetle population is now being used at Agri-Food Canada’s potato research substation located in rural New Brunswick. For years, staff helped keep insects off their crops through growing, mowing and then plowing different products, preparing the different sections for the next season when potatoes would take over particular areas once again. But keeping the pests from returning[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council report on ethylene storage technique released

 Ten years ago a vision arose in England of storing potatoes and onions without chemicals. A group of growers has studied, tested and perfected this new storage technique with ethylene gas. Now this technique is well known in potato and onion storage under the name Restrain. This technique was always promoted with restraint for the storage of processing potatoes -[Read[Read More…]

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Potato growers challenged to trial new techniques

Potato farmers could be wasting time and resources ploughing and de-stoning their land, a Scottish consultant told growers visiting the industry’s new AHDB monitor farm project near Meigle. Dr Stuart Wale, head of crop services at SAC, said many farmers were currently working their land “recreationally” by following standard practices, and he suggested that practical trials on the host monitor farm[Read[Read More…]

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Belgium: AVR opens a new assembly line

In June AVR, a manufacturer of machinery for cultivating potatoes and other bulbous and tuberous plants, officially opened its new production facility. Both drawn and self-propelled harvesters are built on the new assembly line. The chassis is coupled to a central chain that automatically pulls the machine forward. Fixed workstations are organized along this chain. Each employee has their own place,[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato supplier Branston installs £1.7m washing and grading line

UK potato supplier Branston has installed a new integrated grading, washing and sizing line at its production facility in Scotland, the result of £1.7 million’s worth of investment. The installation at the Perthshire site is in preparation to scale up production to meet the demand of a large, long-term supply contract that the company has recently been awarded. The production line features[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: McCain invests in agriculture technology company

Resson, a fast-growing data-driven agriculture technology company, today announced that McCain Foods Limited is now a strategic partner and is part of a US$11 million (about CDN$14 million) Series B investment round in the company. The New Brunswick, Canada-based Resson helps large and small agriculture companies and agricultural service providers boost productivity and profits with near real-time predictive analysis for crop[Read[Read More…]

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Tolsma-Grisnich Group acquires majority share in Farm Electronics Limited

Farm Electronics Limited, the UK Grantham based crop storage engineering specialist has merged with Tolsma-Grisnich, a leading Dutch specialist recognised as a pioneer and specialist in the field of efficient storage and primary processing of potatoes, onions and carrots. The newly merged business will open up a more extensive state-of-the-art product mix from both companies for potato, onion and vegetable[Read[Read More…]

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UK chipping potato producer installs Dutch technology

Following the successful installation of Omnivent’s suction ventilation system, PJ Lee and Sons renovated their stores with the OmniCuro control system for 9 box stores (12.200 tons) at the Sutton Gault Pack House facility and have retrofitted the control systems into their other outlying stores. PJ Lee and Sons have been in business for around 60 years. The company consists of[Read[Read More…]

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UK chipping potato producer installs Dutch technology

Following the successful installation of Omnivent’s suction ventilation system, PJ Lee and Sons renovated their stores with the OmniCuro control system for 9 box stores (12.200 tons) at the Sutton Gault Pack House facility and have retrofitted the control systems into their other outlying stores. PJ Lee and Sons have been in business for around 60 years. The company consists[Read[Read More…]

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Video: Ethylene – Its potential for use alongside CIPC in potato storages

In this video, Dr Glyn Harper (Potato Pathologist at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research in the UK) presents on the promising findings from AHDB Potatoes’ project ‘R464: Ethylene for Processing’, showing the potential for use of ethylene in combination with CIPC as an effective sprout control strategy for potatoes. Watch the video on YouTube You are unauthorized to view this page.

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New Zealand: CropLogic secures new licence for global growth

Precision agriculture firm CropLogic has signed an exclusive agreement with the New Zealand Institute of Plant & Food Research to expand the marketing of its patented technology to corn, wheat, soybean and cotton farmers in the United States. Under an earlier agreement relating to potatoes, CropLogic has successfully created a predictive decision support system that has attracted some of the world’s[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Harvesters Market Research Report now available at Research Corridor

Research Corridor has published a new research study titled “Potato Harvesters Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis and Forecast, 2015 – 2022”. The Potato Harvesters market report studies current as well as future aspects of the Potato Harvesters Market based upon factors such as market dynamics, key ongoing trends and segmentation analysis. Apart from the above elements, the Potato[Read[Read More…]

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Tong Engineering presents latest potato handling equipment

Tong Engineering, a vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, will be exhibiting at the UK’s largest arable event, Cereals, to present its latest equipment range for 2016. Exhibiting at this year’s event – held on June 15th & 16th – Tong will have the latest model of its Storemaker hopper cleaner machine on stand 258. The Storemaker is suitable for multi-site use;[Read[Read More…]

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Equipment manufacturer Kiremko installs potato processing line in Belgium

About a month ago Dutch Potato Processing Equipment manufacturer Kiremko started to build a new state-of-the-art French fries line in Belgium. The line will have a capacity of 16-20 ton/hr of French fries with a fast-food specification. The line incorporates a number of new developments. The newest steam peeler will be tested at full capacity before it will be released into[Read[Read More…]

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Tomra seeks to sort food waste

TOMRA Sorting Food, a manufacturer of sensor-based food sorting systems, is acutely aware of the food waste issue and works closely with farmers, processors and retailers to achieve the objective of reducing food waste. The figures are shocking: almost a third of all food produced worldwide is never eaten, leading to 1.3 billion tons of food waste each year. This includes[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: BetterFRY, a technology shortlisted for the final of the International European MRW awards

Canadian company Eco Friendly Chef Corp has developed a patented technology named “BetterFRY” which has been shortlisted for the final in the International European MRW Awards in 2 categories: Equipment Innovation and Efficiency Initiative. BetterFRY is a patented hardware technology with a secret formulation that is retrospectively fitted to industrial scale deep and shallow fryers. The company is mentioning that “BetterFRY” reduces energy consumption,[Read[Read More…]

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PotatoEurope returns to France

The 11th edition of PotatoEurope will be held on September, 14-15, at Villers-Saint-Christophe in France, halfway between Lille and Paris. PotatoEurope, an open-field exhibition – organized by the ARVALIS – Institut du Végétal agricultural research institution with the support of the entire French potato industry – will feature equipment demonstrations; the Commercial Village and an introduction to technical innovations in[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Elveden Farms to become research hub for potato growers

An East Anglian farming estate is set to become a regional research and demonstration hub, aiming to help potato growers share ideas and maximise their productivity. The Elveden Estate, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border near Thetford, has become the nation’s second Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm – a project co-ordinated by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s potatoes division (AHDB Potatoes). SPot[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho potato farmer’s company builds automated tractors

A company started by a Post Falls seed potato farmer will put an automated tractor on an Idaho field within the next two months. The Capital Press reports the first Farb Guidance Systems driverless tractor is going to a southern Idaho farmer. Founder David Farb says the tractors are priced starting at $160,000. The GPS-guided machines don’t have a cab, and[Read[Read More…]

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