Equipment/Technology

Complete Dewulf potato harvester range shown at Potato Europe

One of most important events in the potato industry, Potato Europe, will be held for the 3rd time in Bockerode, Germany on 3 and 4 September. More than 10.000 visitors are expected during these 2 days. Dewulf will demonstrate its complete range with the new RA3060, Kwatro and RJA2060. Dewulf equipment specialists are happy to meet you to discover the[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Preparing your potato harvester – 10 top tips to minimise crop damage

With the main potato harvest fast approaching, and the prospect of a good supply of high-quality potatoes, damage tolerances are expected to be tight. It is therefore important the crop reaches customers in the best possible condition. Stuart Smith of Grimme gives us his 10 top tips for keeping damage to a minimum during harvest.Source: www.farmersguardian.comSee on Scoop.it – Potato[Read[Read More…]

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Herbert Previews Its Equipment Line Up for Potato Europe

The Herbert Oculus next generation optical sorter for washed potatoes and Herbert GF2 box filler will be centre stage on Herbert Engineering’s stand at this year’s Potato Europe in Hanover from September, 3-4. Both machines are top sellers throughout Europe.Source: www.potatobusiness.comSee on Scoop.it – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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New Sorter Promises to Select Foreign Materials Even for Unwashed Potatoes

TOMRA Sorting Solutions is to highlight the ability of its sensor-based systems to sort and process potato products at Potato Europe. They will demonstrate the Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and display the Halo sorter at Potato Europe, in Bockerode, near Hanover, Germany, on September 3 and 4. “This is the first successful high throughput optical sorting solution in the industry[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potatoes in Practice delivers broad technical programme

Despite pressure on growers to get combining out of the way before bad weather closed in, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), held on 7 August, saw high visitor numbers with over 650 industry attending. Dr Rob Clayton, Director of Potato Council which sponsors the event, spoke alongside Prof. Iain Gordon, CEO of the James Hutton Institute. Rob told visitors that “We[Read[Read More…]

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Belgium: Mydibel’s Green Factory expands with photovoltaic panels

Mydibel Group, manufacturer of fresh and deep frozen potato products and dried potato flakes and granules, has invested in the construction of 2 ha of photovoltaic panels, the largest industrial solar field in private hands in Wallonia, at its Gramybel production site in Mouscron, Belgium. This production site, also in Mouscron, but in another industrial area than the Mydibel headquarters,[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Patates Dolbec modernizes facility, launches line of potato bags

Patates Dolbec, one of the larger producers and packers of potatoes in Eastern Canada with over 10,000 acres of land, has significantly invested in modernizing their packing center, including new bagging equipment. Located in St. Ubalde, Québec, the family-owned business has launched a new line of packaging. A new, more attractive and functional line of bags has been designed to[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Food waste plant to turn potato peelings into power

Potato peelings are being transformed from food waste into energy to warm thousands of homes. A new “anaerobic digestion” plant has opened at Waen near St Asaph where 22,500 tons of food waste from Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire will be processed each year and converted into enough electricity for 2,000 homes. It’s the largest scheme of it’s type in the[Read[Read More…]

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French fry revolution by introducing Sort-to-Spec

TOMRA Sorting announces the development of a new revolutionary feature, Sort-to-Spec. Sort-to-Spec is an intelligence system that continuously and in real-time adapts the sort settings of its sorting machines in order to obtain maximum product quality and customer satisfaction at all times. Sort-to-Spec detects and removes unwanted discolourations and misshapen produce from the entire product stream. Source: www.freshplaza.com See on[Read[Read More…]

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US: Huge water savings made with ‘remarkable’ new irrigation methods

A Florida-based potato farmer who recently won an award for his sustainable irrigation methods firmly believes all farmers should adopt the system for the good of the planet. Riverdale Potato Farms vice president and third generation family member Bryan Jones, last month received one of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards for the subsurface drip irrigation system he developed with his[Read[Read More…]

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Potato crops saved with award-winning DNA test

DNA testing is the new secret weapon for farmers looking to avoid potential disease risk and boost productivity. A diagnostic system that tests for six soil-borne pathogens that threaten potato crops recently won an Australian horticulture award, and scientists at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) already are looking to adapt it for other high-value vegetables. PreDicta Pt[Read[Read More…]

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Europe’s Largest Machinery Demonstrations – Potato Europe 2014

Potato Europe will give you the chance to see the latest trends and developments in the potato sector, live in action from 3 to 4 September 2014. At the Rittergut Bockerode estate near Hanover over 200 exhibitors present their latest products and services. You will be able to make many new contacts and enjoy a varied and practice-driven technical programme.[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato Field Day to feature drone demos

State crop growers are invited to this year’s Potato Field Day at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Hancock Agricultural Research Station. The event takes place July 22 from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. Attendees will get an update on UW-Madison research on potato genomics, disease, weed and pest management, crop nutrition and related topics. A presentation on the use of remote sensing technology and unmanned aerial vehicles in ag research and precision farming will also be held.

Source: www.wisconsinagconnection.com

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Canada: McCain Foods seeks to improve farming with drone technology

McCain Foods and Resson Aerospace of Fredericton are using drone technology for what they hope will be the biggest innovation in farming in decades. The drones are being flown over potato fields to collect information that can help farmers reduce spraying and increase yields. “We put all this data into once container that our super computer can crunch,” said Rishin Behl, the engineer behind the software.

Source: www.cbc.ca

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Canada: Firm gets flying start in McCain potato business

Resson Aerospace, a Fredericton company that uses aerial imaging to improve farm productivity, has signed a multi-year memorandum of understanding with Canada’s largest food producer aimed at improving potato production. The company unveiled its deal with McCain Foods Ltd. at an event Monday near…

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McCain Foods turns to drone technology to monitor potato crops

For years, drones have mostly been used for military purposes, but now the world’s largest producer of French fries is using the technology to pick up information from its potato fields. “We can integrate a lot of different data streams from drones and field sensors and package it into a system t…

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Potato Producer is Chipper About Palletising Automation

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Following the installation of an automated sack packing and robotic palletising line from Pacepacker Services, award-winning potato producer Foden & Abel is poised to launch a contract vegetable packing service. See on www.packagingeurope.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Key’s Marco Azzaretti on grading and sorting technology

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The quest for quality perfection is ongoing and Key Technology’s Marco Azzaretti, the company’s Advanced Systems Product Manager, points out in this article how new technology can help get closer to this goal. As potato processors around the world search for new ways to solve outstanding product quality and production challenges, they often look[Read[Read More…]

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DeWulf shows off its three-wheeled potato harvester

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Dewulf’s R3060 is the fifth generation of its unusual-looking three-wheeled, self-propelled, two-row potato harvester for next season. The new model can be fully customised, says the company,  drop heights have been minimised and four different cleaning modules are available. Rubber flights in the bunker minimise bruising. See on www.fwi.co.uk You are unauthorized to view[Read More…]

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Italy: Advantages of drip irrigation for potatoes

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsDrip irrigation is finally being used for potatoes in Italy. Netafim has been using it all over the world for years, in addition to increasing yields, it also prevents cracking and deforming and guarantees uniform grades.See on www.freshplaza.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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The answer to food deserts might be this innovative greenhouse system

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The lifePOD system can be used year-round to produce local food in quantities to feed many people, especially those in food deserts, where access to healthy and affordable fresh food is not easy to come by.See on ecopreneurist.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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UK: Precision farming aims to break potato yield barrier

Size matters for ware potato growers and tubers that are too big or too small for your customer means less saleable yield and less profit. However, Staffordshire spud producer James Daw is aiming to use the latest precision farming methods to iron out those extremes to boost yields and reduce waste. You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Detecting potato rot in storages with Lonestar

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsMaintaining the quality and health of stored potatoes is vital for growers, processors and consumers but each year there are consistent and substantial losses due to storage diseases. The Lonestar portable freshness monitor can detect volatile chemical signatures associated with bacterial diseases such as blackleg and potato soft-rot in real time. This allows the early[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Taperstor – bespoke potato storage perfected

Crop Systems Ltd’s new TaperStorTM offers operators total control over the stored crop and the environment in which it is kept, combined with the ability to maximise the volume of storage available on any given footprint and so reduce storage costs per tonne. TaperStorTM enables accurate airflows and allows crops to be loaded to a greater height and – by[Read[Read More…]

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