Equipment/Technology

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

New innovations in potato storage technology

To protect their investment, it’s important for growers to keep on top of the latest innovations in ventilation, humidification and spout control when storing their potato crops. Spud Smart magazine in Canada talked to some industry experts about new equipment, products and technologies aimed at ensuring storage success. Ashley Gorman, vice-president of sales at P.E.I.-based Gorman Controls, believes the most important[Read[Read More…]

How drones are helping Scots scientists to grow better potatoes

DRONES, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are used for many different purposes these days – everything from remote warfare to parcel delivery and good old-fashioned fun. But crop scientists at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute believe the aircraft can take potato breeding into the future. Resembling scaled-down stealth bombers, these remotely controlled drones are mounted with[Read[Read More…]

India must work with US to fuel its second green revolution

India is a nation of farmers. While agriculture’s contribution to India’s GDP has steadily declined from 61% at the time of Independence to under 15% today, it still employs over half of the Indian population and it remains one of the few sectors that has the potential to double India’s return on investments. At an investor gathering in New York[Read[Read More…]

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