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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Webinar: Feed the Future – Biotechnology Potato Partnership: Durable late blight resistance to South East Asia

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is pleased to be offering the first webinar in its 2020 series featuring Dr. David Douches on January 24, 2020 at 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada).  Abstract: 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[Read More…]

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US: Potato pest-management seminar to look at trial results

Results of research trials funded by the Northwest Potato Research Consortium and other publicly funded research will be discussed as part of an upcoming potato pest-management seminar, according to a report by Capital Press. Jeff Miller, plant pathologist and principal with seminar host Miller Research LLC, said the trials looked at 13 measurements on eight varieties — including new Teton,[Read More…]

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Canadian potato company earns top honours from McCain Foods

McCain Foods of Canada has announced that Perry Produce Ltd. is the 2018 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for Alberta, at the annual McCain Alberta Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held last month in Canada’s Alberta province. Perry Produce Ltd. has been one of the top potato producers for Alberta for a number of years, supplying the Coaldale potato processing facility with[Read More…]

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Adelaide to host World Potato Congress

The city of Adelaide in Australia will host the World Potato Congress (WPC) in 2023. The WPC will have a theme of ‘Old World Meets New’, focusing on the historical status of the potato as a food staple. It will also focus on the innovation and technology applied to its production today, and the investment in research and development being[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress announces date for next meeting

Adelaide, South Australia has been named as the host city for the 2023 World Potato Congress (WPC), the first time this globally significant biennial business event has been held in Australia. Apart from highlighting the destination’s business events offering including accessibility, world class venues, hotels and connectivity, the successful bid, led by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Potatoes South Australia,[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato shortage looms in Manitoba

Manitoba could be facing another potato shortage. Growers need about two weeks of favourable weather for harvest, otherwise thousands of acres will remain in the ground this winter. As of the middle of October, about 65-70 percent of the province’s potato crop had been harvested, said Dan Sawatzky, Keystone Potato Producers Association general manager. Manitoba growers planted about 67,000 acres[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission doubles up to push message at event

The Produce News reports that when Idaho Potato Commission representatives encounter customers for their product at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, they have a singular message: continue to stock and promote Idaho potatoes as the premium potato in the category. The trade commodity group uses multiple vehicles to hammer home this message. The organization will have a large booth[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland Potato Festival will celebrate the Mighty Spud

Northern Ireland’s favourite potato-themed festival is back, bigger and better than ever, on Saturday, October 5, boosted once more by the continued partnership with headline sponsor Randox. Set against the backdrop of the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, the Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival is a heady mix of family fun, a celebration of world-renowned potato breeder John Clarke, and a chance[Read More…]

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‘Potatoes in Practice’: The big issues for the industry

Coming from the Potatoes in Practice event in Dundee in the UK, this podcast covers key topics from the potato industry, including: Chemical loss, potato nutrition and importance of seed quality for export. Below you can find information on each of the speakers and their subject by using the links below: Potatoes in Practice - - Greg Dawson Scottish Agronomy - - Prof[Read More…]

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Potato researcher Jacquie van der Waals represents South Africa at World Triathlon Championships

Prof Jacquie van der Waals recently represented South Africa in her age group in the sprint triathlon at the World Triathlon Championships, held on 31 August 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland. She was one of approximately 45 South Africans who competed in this prestigious event, but the only South African in her age group event. She completed the sprint triathlon in[Read More…]

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Video: AHDB Exports at Potato Europe 2019

The AHDB Export team have been out in force representing the British potato industry at Potato Europe 2019 in Belgium this month (September 2019). Representatives from around the world visited Kain, near Tournai, on 4 and 5 September to network with professionals from across the supply chain. On the AHDB stand were organic seed growers, Skea Organics, ware potato specialists[Read More…]

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Event: Storing potatoes in Ireland after CIPC ban

As chlorpropham (CIPC) faces the chop, potato farmers must now find an alternative product to use in the storage of their product. On Thursday, September 12, Haggard Stores will host a potato storage workshop dealing with “all topics relating to potato storage and the introduction of 1,4 Sight sprout suppressant. Any potato growers are welcome to attend. The event is taking[Read More…]

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Organic Potato Workshop: Growing without copper

The future of copper for dealing with blight on potatoes in Britain is uncertain. In 2019 there was no authorisation for its use. During an Organic Potato Workshop, organized by the Soil Association and scheduled for Wed, 18 September 2019 in Peterborough, potential alternative products and resistant varieties will be explored, and participants will be hearing from growers that are[Read More…]

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British Potato 2019 event: Scotts Precision Manufacturing plans big presence with haulm toppers and harvesting machine

Scotts Precision Manufacturing is aiming to finish its record-breaking year in style with its largest-ever presence at British Potato 2019. The Lincolnshire manufacturer of vegetable harvesting equipment will have two stands at the Harrogate show in November.  On its outside stand, Scotts will be showcasing its range of haulm toppers; while inside it will be exhibiting its Evolution Separator. Sales[Read More…]

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Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show: ‘We are set on exporting potatoes to the world’, says CEO of Potatoes South Africa

There will be no rotten potatoes today as South African companies are set to participate in the 2019 Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show that gets underway in Hong Kong today. According to a report published by Bizcommunity, the CEO of industry body Potatoes South Africa, Dr Andre Jooste, said the company’s participation in the show is driven by China’s previous[Read More…]

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Haith to unveil new 2020 washer and de-stoner at British Potato 2019 event

With its new washer, Haith aims to bring all of the innovative market-leading features found its top of the range Supa-wash to the broader market. Haith’s original Supa-wash was designed to handle 25 to 50 tonnes per hour. Haith’s 2020 Washer and De-stoner is designed to appeal to people processing 10 to 25 tonnes per hour. Visitors to Haith’s stand[Read More…]

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Weuthen Potato Day: Potato market expert talks about 2019 harvest outlook for Europe

FreshPlaza reports that the 30th Weuthen Potato Day, held in Germany on Thursday, 29th August, was again focused on this year’s harvest forecasts.  The event was ushered in with an opening speech by managing director Ferdi Buffen. He told FreshPlaza: “Due to area expansion, higher irrigation capacities and better yields in the major growing regions, we expect a 10-15% higher[Read More…]

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