Equipment/Technology

Volm's European partner Manter merges with Solidtec

Volm Companies, Inc., an industry leader in providing the highest quality packaging and equipment solutions to the fresh produce industry, has announced that its partner, Manter International B.V. of Emmen in the Netherlands, has acquired shares in Solidtec BV.  Solidtec, based in Dronten in the Netherlands, has been manufacturing gantry style palletizing systems for fresh produce and other markets since[Read More…]

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Kompuestos unveils potato-based bioplastic

Kompuestos, a producer of sustainable plastic compounds, has developed a bioplastic made entirely from potato starch which reportedly biodegrades in four weeks. The formulation of this bioplastic, which is part of Kompuestos’ Biokomp range, aims to replace traditional supermarket plastic bags for fruit and vegetables and thus significantly reduce carbon footprint. This and three other products of the company’s Biokomp range[Read More…]

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UK: Automation offers Morrisons speedy potato packing

The speed of processing potatoes packed in plastics at UK supermarket Morrisons’ Rushden depot has increased following the replacement of a manual turntable-style potato case loading system with two automated packing lines. Brillopak, the UK-based manufacturer of flexible robotic packing and palletising systems, supplied two of its Brillopak PakStations to help increase packaging speeds and also make the job more[Read More…]

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Annual Idaho Potato Conference and Trade Show kicks of its 52nd year

The annual Idaho Potato Conference and Trade Show kicks off its 52nd year in Bannock County. Farmers from across the country will gather at Idaho State University to swap farming techniques, discuss crop management, and view the latest technology in farming. The two-day event will feature seminars and classes for farmers and much more. The trade show will be held[Read More…]

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Spudnik sees good response at two-day event

The Spudnik Equipment Company’s annual open house has grown through the years to now feature more emphasis on education starting this year with an ag summit focusing on potatoes. The event at the Spudnik facility west of Blackfoot was held Monday and Tuesday with full production tours beginning each day at 10 a.m. A career night was held Monday and[Read More…]

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Vendors at Idaho Ag Expo say farmers are optimistic and looking to buy

Vendors at the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo said Idaho farmers are optimistic based on improved prices of a few key commodities, and they’re looking to upgrade equipment and procure new services. The Ag Expo is hosted at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena from Jan. 21-23, in conjunction with the Idaho Potato Conference, hosted from Jan. 22-23 at the university’s Pond[Read More…]

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Rathenau Institute: 'Hybrid potato breeding offers worldwide opportunities'

Hybrid potato breeding can contribute to environmental sustainability and food security. It also offers opportunities for the global market. Timely steering is essential if these opportunities are to be seized. For example, the Dutch potato sector and authorities must keep innovating and investing in knowledge development. The Rathenau Institute in the Netherlands did some research. This was into the socio-economic[Read More…]

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Spudnik’s first-ever two-day ag summit underway in Idaho

Day one of Spudnik’s first-ever two-day ag summit in Blackfoot got underway at 10:00 Monday morning. The event coincides with the Idaho Potato Conference and Ag Expo in Pocatello. Education sessions will be held both days where people can hear from notable guest speakers in the potato-growing industry. Those who attend will also be able to take a tour of Spudnik’s production[Read More…]

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Lidl introduces Ireland's first 100% compostable bag for potatoes

Lidl Ireland has introduced the first fully compostable potato bag in the country, in conjunction with Meade Potato Company. The two-kilogramme packs of Meade White Potatoes feature packaging made from FSC-certified sustainable paper, strengthened with starch. The net in the bag is made of corn starch, while the printing uses water-based ink. CSR manager in Lidl Ireland, Ciara Sheehan, commented, “As[Read More…]

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Species specific insecticide ‘seven-10 years’ away

Using RNA interference (RNAi), a biological process which disrupts the production of an organism’s proteins, Syngenta is looking at a biocontrol method which kills target species but has no impact on any other organism, according to a report by Farmers Guardian. Using Colorado potato beetle as an example pest, Mike Bean, global head, product technology and engineering at Syngenta, told[Read More…]

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The 2020 Potato Expo is underway

This week many of the nation’s potato farmers are gathered at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas for the 2020 Potato Expo. Attendees are discussing all the issues that are impacting the U.S. potato industry here this week. Attendees will also work on policy to address issues impacting the potato industry. Larry Aslum, president of the National Potato Council, said,[Read More…]

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Gowan acquires late blight, rhizoctonia protection agents from Bayer in the US

Gowan Crop Protection Limited, an affiliate of Gowan Co. LLC., has entered into agreements with Bayer AG to acquire rights to the active ingredients fenamidone and pencycuron in the US. The acquisition includes product registrations and trademarks including Consento, Reason, Monceren, and Prestige, and related intellectual property and labels for both fungicides. The transactions closed Dec. 1, although Bayer and Gowan[Read More…]

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Idaho potato conference to focus on soil health

Understanding soil health will be a central theme of the upcoming 52nd annual Idaho Potato Conference and Trade Show, scheduled for Jan. 22-23 at Idaho State University’s Pond Student Union Building.  Farmers at the conference may also attend a new session where they’ll receive expert instruction to make sense of the bells and whistles on some of their modern software and[Read More…]

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Haith to double its presence at Potato Expo event

Haith is doubling its presence at this year’s Potato Expo, to be held next week in Las Vegas, January 14-15. UK based Haith Group, which has been designing and supplying innovative solutions for farmers, packers and food manufacturers since 1964, will showcase its full range of machines in Las Vegas at the Expo. In previous year’s Haith has exhibited alongside[Read More…]

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Key Technology acquires Herbert Solutions

Key Technology, a leading global designer and manufacturer of digital sorting, inspection, conveying and other processing equipment, and a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has acquired Herbert Solutions, enhancing its portfolio of potato and vegetable equipment solutions. Herbert has established itself as a leader in serving the root crop and fresh produce markets with an assortment of[Read More…]

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‘Post-chemical world’ takes shape as agribusiness goes green

Agribusiness is increasingly turning to natural and sustainable alternatives to chemicals as consumers rebuff genetically modified foods and concerns grow over Big Ag’s role in climate change. At the heart of the trend are innovations that harness beneficial microorganisms in the soil, including seed-coatings of naturally occurring bacteria and fungi that can do the same work as traditional chemicals, from[Read More…]

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UK: How irrigation is changing on an AHDB potato demo farm

The economic and environmental costs associated with irrigating 440ha of potatoes at AHDB’s Strategic Potato (Spot) Farm North in the UK prompted a rethink on the best way to maintain product quality in the face of an increasingly unpredictable climate, according to a report published by Farmers Weekly. Keen to bring those costs down and prepare for the future, the[Read More…]

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Lockwood announces the Mobile TANK

LOCKWOOD Manufacturing announced the launch of the Mobile TANK, continuing their commitment to innovation in the potato equipment industry and boosting their 2020 product line up. The Mobile TANK continues the trend of self-contained mobility in potato handling offered by LOCKWOOD. While this impressive new piece of equipment coming in 2020 is designed to complement LOCKWOOD’s already efficient VACS Mobileâ„¢[Read More…]

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Dewulf appoints new full-line dealer for Ireland

Dewulf has appointed Quaile Machinery as its new official full-line dealer for Ireland. With this change, the manufacturer can rely on a local partner that knows the ins and outs of the Irish potato cultivation industry. Irish potato growers will be able to count on Quaile Machinery’s expert advice for the purchasing and maintenance of Dewulf and Miedema potato machinery,[Read More…]

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