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High-tech companies partner to offer new technology solutions to the potato industry

Pessl Instruments, a global manufacturer and provider of advanced agricultural technology solutions and holistic tools for informed decision-making under the METOS brand, headquartered in Austria, and Solentum, a service company from Holland, offering data-driven solutions for the international potato value chain, have signed a partnership agreement in precision agriculture. Over the years, Pessl Instruments has managed to reach out to[Read More…]

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Pictorial: CIP and Peru join forces to honour potatoes at Beijing horticultural expo event

The “International Potato Center and Peru Joint Honorary Day” theme event was held today as part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition in Yanqing District in Beijing, the capital of China. Xinhuanet published a number of pictures on its website related to the event. We re-publish some of these below. Source: Xinhuanet. Editor: Li Xia. Photo credits: Xinhua/Ju Huanzong

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Event: British potato growers to look at chemical and mechanical alternatives for diquat

During the coming AHDB hosted Strategic Farm North Desiccation Day in North Lincolnshire, potato growers will look at the effects of a number of alternative ag chemicals and mechanical options following the loss of diquat for desiccation. The event will take place on Thursday, 5 September. AHDB says the loss of the popular herbicide has had significant ramifications for multiple[Read More…]

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Big Idaho Potato Truck rolls on; high-quality crop expected

According to a report by The Packer, the Big Idaho Potato Truck will be back for another year of rolling promotions for what is expected to be a high-quality potato crop, Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO Frank Muir told attendees at the 2019 Idaho Grower Shippers Association Convention. In previewing the commission’s marketing and promotion plans at the Sun Valley meeting, Muir said[Read More…]

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Potato Europe 2019: Dewulf to present new options for RA3060, Kwatro and MH series

Dewulf, full-liner in machines for the cultivation of potatoes and root crops, will place particular focus on haulm processing, sieving capacity and roller cleaning during Potato Europe 2019 next week in Belgium. Machines on display for visitors will include an RA3060 with two separate haulm rollers, a Kwatro featuring a bunker with sieving discharge elevator and an MH 241 with[Read More…]

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Reduction of available pesticides in the spotlight when potato specialists gather for EAPR meeting

The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) Pathology and Pests Section Meeting 2019 will take place next week the 2nd to the 5th of September 2019 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The EAPR says on the Symposium website that ‘reducing pesticide use while preserving potato productivity and profitability’ will be an important focus of several presentations during the meeting. It is stated[Read More…]

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Rwanda ready to trial GM potato varieties

Rwanda is set to join other Eastern Africa countries in growing genetically modified (GM) potato varieties, a technology that has, in the past, attracted wide-ranging public scrutiny in the country. Dr. Patrick Karangwa, the Director General of the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), told participants at the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali that the country will try a potato variety[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress Inc confirms commitment to African potato sector at APA Congress in Rwanda

During a presentation at the official opening of the 11th African Potato Congress in Kigali, Rwanda earlier this week, World Potato Congress Inc President Romain Cools announced the ongoing commitment of his organization to be a partner of the African potato sector. President Cools illustrated this commitment by referring to the active role of African potato specialists in WPC’s global[Read More…]

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AVR to showcase new digging unit, updated planter and other equipment at Potato Europe 2019 event

At the upcoming Potato Europe in Kain, Belgium, agricultural machinery manufacturer AVR will be presenting its new ‘quick-change’ digging unit. As of 2020, this option will be available on all 2-row trailed AVR harvesters. The existing digging unit was adapted in such a way that it can be easily dismounted, without having to open the digging web or remove the[Read More…]

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Idaho Grower Shippers Association Convention: ‘How to move the coming potato harvest’

Growing potatoes in Idaho has never been a problem. Getting Idaho potatoes to distant markets has been the No. 1 issue for Idaho’s growers and shippers. For 91 years, the Idaho Grower Shippers Association has been representing Idaho’s agricultural interests in securing the best national and international cargo transportation rates for potato shipments. For more than 70 years, the association,[Read More…]

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PNZ Biennial Conference huge success, Nutrient Emissions Project launched

Gemma Carroll, Communications and Engagement Officer at Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ), reports that the recent PNZ Biennial Conference was “a rich and thought-provoking gathering”, 5-6 months in the making. “It was two days covering all things R&D at our Agronomists Forum, brilliant minds, experts in their fields as keynotes at our Plenary Sessions and a celebration of paddock to plate[Read More…]

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Audio: NPPGA hosts Annual Field Day in northeastern North Dakota

KFGO reports from North Dakota where the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association hosted its Annual Field Day 2019. Producers, industry professionals, and participants not only from North America, but also from other countries around the world, gathered at this field day.  The participants got a look at what research is going on at North Dakota State University and the University[Read More…]

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African Potato Association Conference: Potato organizations want to leverage potatoes to address malnutrition in Africa

(Xinhua) — Potato organizations on Monday called for deliberate efforts to increase potato and sweet potatoes production for sustainable nutritious food systems in Africa. They made the call at the opening of the 11th triennial Conference of the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda. Potato and sweet potatoes present global opportunities such as enhancing dietary quality[Read More…]

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German potato breeder Solana introduces three new varieties

Breeder and seed supplier Solana GmbH will use the upcoming potato fairs to introduce a total of three new table potatoes. Both the Weuthen Potato Day (August 29, Schwalmtal) and the Potato Europe (September 4 & 5, Tournai / Belgium) will focus on the extended variety spectrum of the company, which has its headquarters in Hamburg. “We will present a[Read More…]

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Latest AHDB podcast covers key potato production issues

Coming from Potatoes in Practice in Dundee, this podcast covers key topics from the potato industry, including: Chemical loss, potato nutrition and importance of seed quality for export. Go to this page of the AHDB website to listen to the podcast

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Grimme Field Loader in Ontario a North American first of its kind

Dr Eugenia Banks, potato specialist at the Ontario Potato Board reports that the new Grimme Field Loader arrived in Ontario, Canada from Germany.  HJV Equipment in Alliston has brought the first one of its type in North America.  HJV Equipment was started by Harry Jacob Vander Zaag in 1949. According to the current President of the company, Dave Vander Zaag,[Read More…]

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