“Ominous” is the word that Trent Cousins uses to describe the mood in the potato industry these days on Prince Edward Island. He’s co-owner of Allan Equipment Manufacturing in Covehead, Prince Edward Island, and his company had big, expensive equipment on display at this year’s International Potato Technology Expo that took place this Wednesday and Thursday in Charlottetown.
Scotts Precision Manufacturing Ltd will be exhibiting for the first time next at Fruit Logistica 2022, Europe’s premier Fruit and vegetable exhibition, held in Berlin 5th – 7th of April in Hall 5.1 B22. “Behind the scenes we have been continually developing our industry leading Evolution Separator, best known for its ability to give exceptional cleaning capacity amongst most root crops,” says Derek Scott Managing Director.
The 2022 Ontario Potato Conference will be a virtual event on March 2, hosted by Potatoes in Canada and supported by the Ontario Potato Board. Homer Van der Zaag (H.J. Vander Zaag Farms, Alliston) will present at the Conference on “Experiences with Minimum Tillage of Potatoes”. Darin Gibson from Gaia Consulting in Manitoba will present on “Dealing with Linuron Shortages in 2022”. Several other topics of interest to potato growers are on the agenda.
Potato specialist Dr. Banks is the organizer of the 2022 Ontario Potato Conference. She notes that the Conference will be a virtual event on March 2 and is supported by the Ontario Potato Board. Ian Toth, a global expert on blackleg at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland, will update participants on management strategies for blackleg.
Scotland is particularly poorly served by the low standards of export facilities available at the country’s ports – its sub-standard transport and supply chain logistics have added to an already difficult situation for the country’s seed potato industry. This lack of comparable facilities and network infrastructure to those enjoyed by the competition in Holland and other European countries has stymied efforts to make good the loss of EU markets.
The 2022 Ontario Potato Conference will be hosted as a virtual event on Wednesday, March 2. The annual Conference will be presented by the Ontario Potato Board, and hosted by Potatoes in Canada. The day includes five sessions focused on key topics for potato production. Dr Eugenia Banks is the principle organizer. She shared the Conference program.
The loss of the European export market following Brexit represented a blow to Scottish seed potato growers, but the sector faces a number of additional challenges to its continued existence, a major potato conference heard yesterday. The lack of transport infrastructure and port facilities suitable to allow growers to secure new export markets, the inexorable rise in the area of land infected by potato cyst nematode were revealed as major hurdles faced by the industry
Manitoba Potato Production Days (MPPD) has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a Jan. 7 announcement says. It had been scheduled to happen Jan. 26 and 27 in Brandon, Manitoba. The Manitoba government announced on Jan. 7 it would be extending current public health orders, which are in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, until Feb. 1. Current public health orders reduce indoor gathering limits to 50 per cent capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower.
Adrian Saenz presented last week during the Potato Business Summit, held in conjunction with Potato Expo 2022. Saenz is currently the Division Business Manager for the John Deere Agricultural & Turf Division within Deere. During his presentation, titled “Ag Technology Outlook”, Adrian Saenz highlighted the importance – and abundance – of data that modern commercial farmers are able to gather via technological means nowadays.
Organised by Scotland’s Rural College, the 23nd annual conference of the SAC Association of Potato Producers (SACAPP) will take place on Wednesday January 26, 2022. The conference will be virtual only due to COVID restrictions, according to the organisers. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Finding a new direction for the potato industry’.
At today’s Potato Business Summit – hosted in conjunction with the Potato Expo 2022 in Anaheim, California – Cedric Porter of World Potato Markets and Liam Glennon of World Potato Congress presented on the European potato market outlook. Mr Porter said it’s clear that processing usage has recovered in the last few months of 2020. The recovery in exports has been very much concentrated in exports outside the the EU, “which is probably a concern for exporters in North America”.
Potato Storage Insight (PSI) in the UK will be running a two-day, residential Potato Store Managers’ Course on 15/16 March 2022 at Retford, Nottinghamshire. “This is a participative course for growers and store managers who are involved in the day-to-day management of potato stores,” says PSI Director, Adrian Cunnington. “The course follows a format that’s tried and tested by the tutors and will include talks, group discussions and practical interactive sessions, focusing on all aspects of potato storage.”
The World Potato Congress announced its first webinar of 2022. In preparation for the World Potato Congress being held from May 30 to June 2, 2022 in Dublin, Ireland, Liam Glennon, Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee, Irish Potato Federation will present this webinar. The presentation will answer the question ‘Why host a World Potato Congress in Ireland’.
The UK’s leading manufacturer of vegetable handling equipment is heading to Potato Expo next month to help US food producers achieve more with less. Haith Group, which has been designing and supplying innovative solutions for farmers, packers and food manufacturers for 75 years, will be promoting its Pro-Line solution in Anaheim, California, on 5th and 6th January during the Potato Expo 2022 event.
The in-person Potato Expo 2022 is set for Jan. 5-6 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif. The event, organized by the National Potato Council, is the largest annual potato industry conference and trade show held in North America, according to event organizers. “We’re really looking forward to having everybody back together,” said Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council.
Chippy Chat and Isle of Ely Produce, both based in Ely Cambs in the UK, won big at the recent National Potato Awards 2021, presented at a celebratory dinner on the first night of the British Potato 2021 event. They won the marketing award for work linking fish and chip shop owners and growers in the UK, and was collected by Austen Dack, Managing Editor of Chippy Chat, and Oliver Boutwood, Isle of Ely Produce Director.
For the first time ever, a sample of fresh U.S. chipping potatoes arrived in China and was displayed at the Food & Hospitality China Shanghai Global Food Trade Show in early November. This historic event, which is helping to pave the way for commercial shipments of U.S. chip-stock to China, was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches by U.S. government officials and representatives from Potatoes USA.
Today, the Belgian government announced new measures to combat COVID-19. Trade fairs are still subject to the health and safety protocol that applies to retailers / businesses and can therefore take place, provided that everyone complies with the strict guidelines imposed by the government. Annick Pycarelle, Exhibition Manager, says in a news flash today: “INTERPOM clearly complies with these guidelines and will therefore go ahead as planned on 28, 29 and 30 November 2021 in Kortrijk Xpo.”
Kiremko announced earlier today that the company has decided not to attend the Interpom 2021 event to be hosted in Kortrijk, Belgium from 28 to 30 November due to the current COVID-19 situation. Kiremko is excited to announce that the first of its new Corda Invicta specialist fryers has recently been sold. Kiremko launched the new fryer earlier this year.
Dewulf, full-liner in agricultural machines for the cultivation of potatoes and root crops, will present its Enduro harvester at the Interpom 2021 event on 28 – 30 November. The new 4-row self-propelled harvester was first unveiled to the public during an online event last year. Dewulf is proud to introduce the new Enduro for the first time in person at the international trade fair for the potato sector in Kortrijk (BE).
Soil health and regenerative techniques will be to the fore during this year’s CropTec seminars, writes Ken Fletcher in an article for The Scottish Farmer. With growers in the midst of a tumultuous time in British farming, this year’s programme will examine the building blocks for a sustainable arable farming future.
TOMRA Food, the leading manufacturer of sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry, has announced that it will run machine demonstrations at BP2021, the UK-based potato industry event later this month. Visitors to the two-day biennial exhibition (Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, November 24th/25th) will be able to see how effectively the TOMRA 3A optical sorter removes foreign materials, soil clods, stones, and ‘greens’ from freshly harvested potatoes.
After a year of postponement, the next INTERPOM event will finally take place on Sunday 28, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 November 2021 in Kortrijk Xpo (B). This event will be an exceptional one, with the appropriate theme being ‘Let’s reconnect the potato chain’! So come and meet colleagues and suppliers to discuss this very eventful period for the sector, and to discover a selection of innovative solutions that will help you tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
The Potato Days of HZPC are dedicated to the future of the potato. A future in which the potato provides an important contribution to the food security in the world and helps to combat climate change. HZPC wants to join this challenge by using more sustainable potato varieties and hybrid potato breeding.
On Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 November, Agrico presented two new varieties during an intimate ‘Meet and Greet’ event at its breeding and research farm, Agrico Research in Bant. For many years, Agrico has organized a well-attended varieties show, which takes place in early November, during which it presents its latest growing results to interested parties all over the world.
Restrain announced recently that the company will exhibit its ethylene gas system at the upcoming Potato Expo event in California, January 5 – 6, 2022. Restrain uses natural ethylene gas which keeps potatoes dormant and controls sprouting. “Using ethylene gas means growers won’t leave any residue in their crop or storage facility, allowing them to deliver potatoes which can be used immediately after storage for processing,” says Dirk Garos, Global Sales Director at Restrain.
The potato sector has the ability to significantly contribute to a sustainable food supply worldwide. HZPC will therefore broadcast an inspiring programme on 3 November during Potato Days 2021 Live, with themes like hybrid breeding, the transformation of food systems and the Netherlands as breeding ground for seed potatoes.
U.S. potato growers and industry partners from around the country are invited to the nation’s capital for the new NPC Washington Summit, Feb. 28-March 3, 2022, to help fulfill the National Potato Council’s mission of “Standing Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill.” The event combines the organization’s Annual Meeting, previously held in January at Potato Expo, and the industry’s grassroots lobbying event, the Potato D.C. Fly-In, held around the beginning of March each year.