Equipment/Technology

Going Dutch: Potato store managers in Britain will need to split the sprout suppression load next year

Store managers may need to consider beyond the direct costs of the remaining approved sprout suppressants and towards adjusting store management strategies to keep the number of applications to a minimum,  and therefore helping to keep costs down, according to a recent news release issued by AHDB in the UK. As sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) will not have its licence[Read More…]

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Dewulf appoints Yorkshire & Humber Ltd as its full-line dealer for the Yorkshire area (UK)

As of 1st January 2020, Yorkshire & Humber Ltd will be the official full-line dealer for Dewulf in the Yorkshire area in the UK. With this partnership, the manufacturer expands its UK dealer network to better offer its customers in this region local assistance regarding sales, service and spare parts. This move fits in Dewulf’s growth strategy for the UK. Yorkshire[Read More…]

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Belgium's Clarebout to build a new potato processing factory in Dunkirk

Clarebout, a West-Flemish potato processing company in Belgium, reportedly wants to build a factory in the French city of Dunkirk, reports ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’. This would be the first foreign factory for the company. According to the plans, the factory should be in the port of Dunkirk. Cost? 140 million euros. However, according to the newspaper, all approvals are not yet[Read More…]

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Quack seed multipliers threaten Rwanda's potato production

Irish potato farmers and professional seed multipliers are crying foul over some individuals locally known as ‘Abamamyi’ who masquerade as multipliers and distribute fake seeds which leads to low yield. The problem is increasingly prevalent in Northern and Western provinces, a region where Irish potatoes are predominantly grown. Most of Irish potato farmers who spoke to The New Times expressed a common concern of[Read More…]

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European ban on CIPC poses a problem for potato storage

The European potato sector will face a significant challenge in the 2020/2021 storage season. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released a report about Chlorpropham (CIPC). As a result, the European Union (EU) has decided to prohibit the use of this substance. This means that it may no longer be used as, among other things, a potato sprout inhibitor. This[Read More…]

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Five cropping tips when improving soil health

The overall aim of improving soil health is to reduce agronomic problems and have better performing crops. Farmers, agronomists and researchers at a Farmers Weekly / Bayer Soil Roundtable in the UK identified five cropping tips when improving soil health. 1. Improve yields on headlands Headlands often see the biggest yield gain when soil health improves because they become less[Read More…]

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Morrisons turns to Brillopak to improve potato packing

Morrisons fresh produce depot in Rushden, Northamptonshire has installed two automated Brillopak UniPaker crate loading potato cells. Brillopak said that the installation is believed to be Europe’s first single pick potato packing cell and can run at speeds of 75 packs per minute. Designed to improve product handling, minimise waste and enhance the presentation of pre-packed potatoes for the 11[Read More…]

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Webinar: Potato specialist explains how biotech project develops improved varieties for low-income farmers

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is very pleased to be offering this first webinar in its 2020 series featuring Dr. David Douches.  The Feed the Future – Biotechnology Potato Partnership (BPP) is a five-year, multi-institution cooperative agreement between MSU, USAID, Simplot Company and other global institutions to develop and bring to market improved potato products to low-income farmers in South East Asian countries.[Read More…]

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James Hutton Institute: Boosting potato breeding for PCN resistance by application of modern technologies

Potato cyst nematodes (PCN), and the species of Globodera pallida in particular, have been spreading steadily across the UK over the past recent decades, posing significant threats to the sustainability of the potato industry, especially the seed potato industry, in Scotland. Despite both statutory and agronomic counter measures (primarily rotations and the use of nematicides) that have been taken, the increasing prevalence[Read More…]

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New sorting machine for post-harvest potatoes introduced

TOMRA Food has just introduced the TOMRA 3A, a vision sorter for the separation of a range of Foreign Material from unwashed potatoes. The Tomra 3A delivers a new level of FM sorting performance but with added features. The Tomra 3A sorter can be positioned going into or coming out of storage, where it can reduce sorting labor and shipping[Read More…]

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New tool to detect blackleg disease in potato has widespread application

Potatoes are important. They rank fourth among the world’s staple crops. In the United States, they are grown commercially in 30 states and valued at $4 billion annually. Potatoes are also susceptible to 160 different fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases, such as blackleg and soft rot diseases, which are caused by the bacterium Dickeya dianthicola. In 2015, an aggressive outbreak of[Read More…]

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Biodegradable spray helps battle crop pathogens

A new sprayable bioplastic—made of cornstarch and other natural ingredients—offers potential as an effective method for delivering beneficial microbes to fight aflatoxins and other agricultural pathogens and pests. Aflatoxins are highly toxic substances produced by many species of Aspergillus fungi. Aflatoxins can contaminate corn, peanuts, cotton, and other crops, and at high doses they threaten the health of people, pets, fish, livestock,[Read More…]

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Yield10 Bioscience signs research agreement with J. R. Simplot

Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN) today announced that it has signed a research agreement with Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Company, to evaluate three novel yield traits in potato. Under the agreement with Yield10, Simplot plans to conduct research with these yield traits within its research and development program as a strategy to improve crop performance and sustainability. In addition to[Read More…]

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Non-renewal of CIPC in Europe leaves room for other sprout suppression methods

The non-renewal of CIPC in the European market has left a huge gap in the potato storage sprout suppression market and growers are urgently looking for alternatives for their potato crops. Being aware of the potential for CIPC’s non-renewal, Restrain lead by Global Sales Director Dirk Garos, made significant investments in the business, enabling the company to increase its manufacturing[Read More…]

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Western Innovator: Aiding the fight against pink rot

Research by Jeff Miller, principal in Miller Research near Rupert, Idaho and other scientists is providing potato growers with more tools to use in controlling pink rot. The soil-borne disease is caused mainly by the pathogen Phytophthora erythroseptica. It infects potato roots, stolons and tubers, and if not controlled can lead to significant losses in potato fields and in storage..[Read More…]

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Expert’s 5 tips for arable farmers converting to organic

Converting arable farms to organic production can be a big step as farmers ditch pesticides and fertilisers to rely on cultural methods of controlling pests, weeds and diseases. The conversion process can take up to three years, bringing potential increased risks of crop failure. However, with the right approach, farmers can enhance their chances of a successful transition.  For those[Read More…]

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Minimizing early weight loss key in limiting potato pressure bruise

Pressure bruise is a major defect and source of economic losses in potatoes for all market classes. In bulk storage, potato tubers are subjected to pile pressure that can damage and deform the potato, which over time could result in flattened or sunken areas, according to Sastry Jayanty and Nora Olsen, Potato Association of America. In an article published in[Read More…]

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Will CRISPR’s promise force the organic industry to reconsider its opposition to gene-edited crops?

Opposition to genetically modified (GM) crops advanced by organic activist groups (and official organizations like the US National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) or the EU’s European Court of Justice) is based on the claim that recombinant DNA technology introduces genes from one species into another. That’s not natural, these critics contend. By this definition, though, gene-editing techniques like CRISPR/Cas9 are[Read More…]

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