Equipment/Technology

Kenya, the Netherlands, US: Farmers to learn over 100 ways of cooking potato at agri-fair

How many ways of cooking potato do you know of? One boiling, two frying, three mashing… There are 100 of them. These many ways and other value addition skills will be showcased at the University of Eldoret from September 22 to 24 during an agricultural fair. Celebrated Kenyan and Dutch chefs will display how the popular delicacy can be cooked in different[Read[Read More…]

Potato Europe 2016: Grimme to present many practical improvements of its equipment

Agricultural Machinery manufacturer Grimme will present at the Potato Europe in France several practical improvements of its planting, harvesting and handling technology. The self-propelled harvester, the 354 HP strong 2-row potato harvester VARITRON 270 Platinum with 7 tonne NonstopBunker and ground protecting rubber tracks will be on display. The 2-row potato harvesters SE 260 and SV 260 will also be demonstrating with[Read[Read More…]

Make healthier, better tasting potato chips with this Pulsed Electric Field unit

Heat and Control, in response to snack processors recognising a demand by consumers for a healthy snack product with an enhanced taste and ‘mouth feel’ has developed a technology that will change the way you think about potato chip processing. Just when you thought the potato chip couldn’t get any better, this technology that was developed and tested over a number[Read[Read More…]

New warehouse to double Monte Vista Potato Growers’ capacity

The new 15,000-square-foot warehouse and new line at Monte Vista Potato Growers will double the grower-shipper’s capabilities, according to General Manager Jason Tillman. In mid-August construction was well under way, and Tillman said the building will be ready by Oct. 15 and the first loads of this year’s crop. “Our harvest will start in late August or early September,” Tillman said, noting[Read[Read More…]

US: Inventure Foods invests more than $6 million in kettle-cooked potato chip manufacturing

Specialty foods marketer and manufacturer, Inventure Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNAK), announces today an expansion of its existing kettle-cooked potato chip manufacturing capacities to add four new 300-pound commercial kettles and appropriate potato processing equipment to its Bluffton, Ind. manufacturing facility. The move provides a 50 percent increase to current kettle-cooked capacity, resulting in an additional 100,000 pounds of finished product per[Read[Read More…]

How McCain Foods uses Big Data

Big data was something McCain Foods discovered by chance. In fact it was a concept its director of agronomy Dr. Yves Leclerc wasn’t even familiar with until about a year and a half ago. “What happened really was we have some research projects and those projects appeared to be in the realm of big data,” says Leclerc, who will be speaking[Read[Read More…]

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…]

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.

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…]

Pressure bruise management aided by texture analysis

Pressure flattening in stored potatoes is a cause of significant economic losses for Colorado potato growers. Pressure flattening occurs as the tuber surface becomes depressed or flattened due to constant contact with a portion of an adjacent tuber and the additional weight of tubers above it in the pile. A predictive test that was developed at the CSU SLVRC uses a texture analyzer to determine the peak load required[Read[Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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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