Equipment/Technology

Canada: Wireworm trap invented on Prince Edward Island ‘could be a major breakthrough’

A simple trap invented by an Island scientist “could be a major breakthrough” in fighting Prince Edward Island’s $6 million wireworm pest problem, says Agriculture Canada. The device is called the Noronha ElateridLight Trap, or NELT. It’s made with threepieces: a small solar-powered spotlight, a white plastic cup and a piece of screening to keep out the beneficial bugs. “It’s a very, very simple, basic[Read[Read More…]

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NL: Tummers celebrates 40 years of existence

Some of the company’s current employees weren’t even born when Tummers started 40 years ago. March 8, 1976 was the day Fons Tummers went to work with ‘Technisch Centrum Tummers’ (Technical Centre Tummers). With two employees in a garage building in Bergen op Zoom, this small enterprise took care of repairs to machinery in the local industry. In the upcoming years as[Read[Read More…]

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Heat and Control: Growing demand for Vacuum Fryer Technology in the Snack Industry

Heat and Control, a global manufacturer and supplier of leading food processing and packaging equipment, has helped a snack manufacturer take processing capabilities to a new level with another delivery of the company’s innovative vacuum fryer technology: Unitized Vacuum Fryer (UVF). The complete system was designed and manufactured by Heat and Control to process 500 kg (1100lbs) per hour of finished[Read[Read More…]

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Amistar on a high speed wave

  Today’s potato planters work faster than ever  before, with modern belt planters capable of operating at 10 to 12 km/hr – up to three times faster than conventional cup machines. That has implications for all integrated applications on the planter, including fertiliser, seed treatment and Amistar. Syngenta Technical Manager, Douglas Dyas, highlighted that the company’s new application trials are looking[Read[Read More…]

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US: Scientists developed laser-guided crop sprayer

When applying chemicals to crops, where the chemical is delivered is sometimes more important than how much is delivered. A team of Agricultural Research Service and university scientists has developed a new laser-guided spraying system that controls spray outputs. “Conventional spray application technology requires excessive amounts of pesticide to achieve effective pest control in floral, nursery, orchard, and other specialty crops,”[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato store technology puts control in the hands of the grower

A Norfolk potato grower said a pioneering new storage technology can help reduce his energy costs – and meet the strict quality demands of the crisp manufacturer he supplies. The new SmartStor controller, developed by Crop Systems, based in Gimingham near Mundesley, won a national certificate of merit for innovation at the LAMMA farm machinery show in January. It continually monitors all[Read[Read More…]

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Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

On February 1, the construction of the new Kiremko building started in a festive way in Montfoort, The Netherlands. Directors Paul Oosterlaken and Andy Gowing gave the official go-ahead with the striking of the symbolic first pile in the presence of the employees and other invited guests. For the occasion, everyone was wearing a white construction helmet with the new Kiremko logo.[Read[Read More…]

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China: New tech turns potato effluent into fertilizer

Scientists in China have developed a way of making fertilizer from waste water discharged by potato processing plants, solving a pollution problem which has held back China’s potato ambitions. “For years, there has been no technical solution to this problem, forcing environmental authorities to close more than 10,000 small plants, which has hurt the potato market and farmers,” said Liu Gang,[Read[Read More…]

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US: Quick and early disease detection by drones with hyperspectral camera

Idaho State University researchers have found high-tech cameras mounted on drones flying 60 meters above potato fields can effectively detect individual diseased and stressed plants. Furthermore, greenhouse testing by University of Idaho plant pathologist Louise-Marie Dandurand, using the same advanced sensors to assess diseased plants, has confirmed specific crop ailments, such as nematode feeding or potato virus Y infection, can[Read[Read More…]

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Smart farming and the internet-of-things

Whether we like it or not, the internet is now part of our everyday lives. We socialise on it, read our newspapers on it, and order our food on it – to name but a few uses. Farming is no different and while we can’t grow food in it, the connected world of the internet is becoming a useful tool[Read[Read More…]

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Tummers build mobile potato washing installation for English market

Tummers Food Processing Solutions introduces a new mobile washing installation for potatoes. Dustin-Dwight Verhagen, responsible for marketing, and Sales Engineer Robert Quaak, discuss the ins and outs of this new machine. The new installation is a combined machine, in which separation of stones and earth precedes washing of the potatoes. The machine has a washing capacity of 40 tonnes, but that’s[Read[Read More…]

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Novel potato chips: The patentable art of processing potatoes

For millennia, those living in the Andean highland regions of Bolivia and Peru carefully tended to and cultivated over 3000 varieties of potatoes, many of which remain unknown to our collective palates today. Like their Andean predecessors, modern day inventors continue to slice, dice, freeze, bake, dehydrate, fry and otherwise manipulate the characteristics of the humble potato in patentable ways.  This[Read[Read More…]

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New developments on show at Potato Expo 2016

Potato Expo 2016 has started at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada and goes on until January 14. The event is one of the largest conferences and trade shows for the potato industry in North America and brings together more than 1,900 growers, suppliers and industry partners. Farmers, growers, packers and shippers who visit the show at the Mirage Hotel and[Read[Read More…]

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India: Company to promote dehydration of potato

The Central Potato Research Station (CPRS), Jalandhar, and Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, has signed a MoU with a Hyderabad-based company ‘Sunripe’ for commercial promotion of a technology called ‘dehydration of potato’. Invented by Dr Ashiv Mehta, Principal Scientist, CPRS, the technology has already been registered for patent with Indian Patent Office (IPO).Dr Ashiv said, “It is potato processing technology[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho Coop plans fumigant facility to better serve potato growers

Bingham Cooperative in Idaho  will break ground soon on a $1 million fumigant storage facility here that should enable the company to keep more product on hand for growers and reduce freight costs. Bingham Cooperative General Manager Mike Jensen said work on the project should be underway by early February, with completion expected by mid-May. The planned 375,000-gallon Blackfoot storage facility will[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Federal and Manitoba governments invest in potato processing plant

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn have announced a new investment of nearly $380,000 for a potato processing plant in Carberry, Manitoba. The federal and Manitoba governments’ investment, provided under Manitoba’sGrowing Forward 2 Growing Value program, will be used to install new and innovative equipment at the McCain Foods Canada’s facility –[Read[Read More…]

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Price and service models will grow adoption of agriculture sensor technology

Innovative pricing and service models will drive the adoption of sensor technology in the agriculture industry, according to a new report from Lux Research. Sensor technology can help make more efficient use of soil, water, pesticides and equipment. With price variability and other uncertainties, few farmers are able or willing to risk significant capital on these technologies, according to Lux. Developers need[Read[Read More…]

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Drones set to give global farming a makeover

The traditional image of a farmer standing in a field, squinting anxiously at the sky for signs of rain, may be about to get a 21st-century makeover as researchers explore the use of drones on farms from Sri Lanka to Uganda. The ability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to hover low over fields of maize, sweet potato and rice[Read[Read More…]

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Better quality thanks to new electronic clod separator

Prinsen Agricultural & Handling Solutions specializes in post-harvest processing technology. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany and Canada, the family enterprise deals with development and supply of bespoke machines. Recently, Prinsen added a new machine to its product range: the electronic stone and clod separator Agrisep. The Agrisep can be used for both unwashed and washed potatoes, but also for other[Read[Read More…]

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Kiremko celebrates 50th anniversary with a new logo

On December 14, 2015 the Dutch company Kiremko celebrated its 50th anniversary and went on to mark this distinctive milestone in their history by creating a special jubilee logo. To celebrate this momentous occasion they have designed a new logo which shows their teamwork spirit, as well their close relationships with customers, colleagues and partner companies. As stated in a communication issued[Read[Read More…]

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Australian R and D company announces “dairy alternative” from potato breakthrough.

PotatoMagic Pty Ltd, an Australian R&D company, recently announced a new product development that will change your view of the humble potato. The PotatoMagic lab has produced a dairy alternative based on potato (dairy is a USD$334B global industry.) The company has made cheese, milk and ice-cream alternatives in the lab, based on their potato processing innovations. The company is now[Read[Read More…]

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New modular system for the production of stackable fried chips

Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), one of the world’s manufacturers of baking and process systems, has introduced a new stackable chip system that enables the efficient, high-volume production of fabricated stackable fried chips. The stackable chip system is a modular production system capable of producing between 250-750 kg/hr, depending on the fryer capacity. The system includes the mixing system, sheeter and rotary[Read[Read More…]

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Irrigation method saves 50 percent of water needed for potato growth

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found an irrigation method that uses 50 percent less water than traditional systems to grow potatoes – an important finding for the $131 million-a-year Florida crop. The system is called “hybrid center pivot irrigation.” With this method, about two-thirds of the water used to help grow potatoes is sprayed[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato-product supplier standardizes process automation system at new facility

One frozen potato-product supplier operates 15 potato-processing plants globally. The automated French fry production process begins with the delivery of raw potatoes to the plants. The potatoes are then machine peeled, washed, cut, dipped in batter, fried, frozen and finally packaged for distribution. This continuous process takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours with no bottlenecks or process upsets. When the supplier[Read[Read More…]

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