Final potato harvest update for Canada

Kevin MacIsaac, General Manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada released the final harvest update report earlier today. In Prince Edward Island, it is said that after a month of very high rainfall, the last suitable day for harvest was November 9th. Many growers dug for 24 hours around the clock until rain came again in the early hours[Read[Read More…]

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Avebe achieved record performance price

In the 2017/2018 financial year, which ended on 31 July 2018, Avebe achieved a performance price of 85.81 Euros. That is another record and more than 4% higher than the performance price of the previous financial year. The performance price is the cooperative’s most important financial indicator, as it combines the cooperative result and the potato price. The cooperative result amounted to[Read[Read More…]

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Worldwide campaign hopes to put potatoes back on menu

A global campaign due to launch next year will harness the marketing budgets of multinational companies and promotional agencies around the world in a bid to halt the downward trend in potato consumption. ‘Imagine a World Without Potatoes’, an industry-led campaign run by the International Potato Centre in Peru, has already attracted the support of potato giants McCain Foods and[Read[Read More…]

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Weather plays havoc with European potato crop

The 2018 potato production season in many European countries turned out to be one that farmers would like to forget as soon as possible. Average yields are reported to be down significantly in most countries, with crop losses estimated to be as high as 30% and even more in places. Global Potato News magazine spoke with a few potato farmers[Read[Read More…]

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Refrigeration company presents ‘mechanical refrigeration’ of potato storage facilities

For a long time, the agricultural sector depended on outside air for drying and cooling crops. Due to climate changes, arable farmers are no longer able to get their products through the winter without compromising on quality. ENGIE Refrigeration says it has developed a storage system with entirely mechanical refrigeration, which allows maintaining the same storage conditions throughout the year.[Read[Read More…]

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McCain Foods Canada honours top growers in Alberta

McCain Foods Canada announced Stiekema-Kolhorn Joint Venture as 2017 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for Alberta during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet. Approximately 140 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements and enjoy a celebratory evening together at the Lethbridge Coast Hotel. Master of ceremonies for the evening was Jeremy Carter, field department manager, while Colin McLean,[Read[Read More…]

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Looking for the root causes of the potato crisis in Egypt

Approach a vegetable vendor in Cairo in recent months looking for potatoes, and you’ll likely be in for a surprise. For one kilogram of potatoes, a staple food item for many Egyptians, you might pay as much as LE14, more than twice the usual price. The price of potatoes across Egypt skyrocketed in September, and they are still high two months afterward.[Read[Read More…]

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A spore trap network to detect potato pathogens

Foliar diseases of potatoes are often managed by growers using a calendar-based schedule with no knowledge of the local optimum conditions for disease development or if spores of the pathogens are present in the area at the required threshold for disease development. During the summer of 2018, the University of Idaho and industry partners rolled out a spore trap network[Read[Read More…]

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An all-potato restaurant opens doors in Canada

Although the humble potato is the basis of multiple dishes all around the world, a new eatery in Kelowna in Canada’s British Columbia province is all about celebrating the spud. After weeks of tater teasing on social media, the “Oh So Potato” restaurant opened its doors to the public on Nov. 18. This restaurant reportedly provides you with a way to eat[Read[Read More…]

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Japanese potato growers adopting modern cultivation practices

Japan faces a declining population and there is no doubt an aging trend in the Japanese society. In the agricultural sector, this trend is quite obvious: The average age of farmers in Japan was 66.6 in 2017. Furthermore, an influx of people into cities is a big problem. Many women used to work in the potato industry as laborers. But[Read[Read More…]

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Coming to terms with Pythium leak in potatoes

Dr Eugenia Banks, potato specialist and consultant for the Ontario Potato Board in Canada, reports that Pythium leak has been showing its ugly face before harvest in a number of fields this year.  She says that symptoms of Pythium leak at the early infection stage are moist gray or brown lesions around wounds or near the stem end of tubers.[Read[Read More…]

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Current trends in the Indian potato market

According to Mr S.K. Gautam, CEO of NR Tradewind Services Pvt Ltd in Delhi, higher consumer prices for potatoes can be expected during the next months in India. Mr Gautam says this trend is confirmed by several market sources and is indicative of the heavy rains and floods across many regions in India during the past growing season. “The heavy[Read[Read More…]

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China’s rural potato farmers embrace e-commerce

According to a report by China Global Television Network (CGTN), smallholder farmers in China’s northern Hebei Province are now enthusiastically taking part in an e-commerce program created by Mecai, a Beijing-based online fresh food supplier. The company started this program several years ago, creating its e-commerce platform as an answer to the State Council’s call to boost and innovate rural[Read[Read More…]

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Hummingbird launches new high-tech irrigation tool in Australia

Hummingbird, an award winning artificial intelligence company based in the UK, is launching a new irrigation scheduling product in Australia. Hummingbird analyses imagery captured by satellites, planes, drones and robots to help farmers identify problems in their crops earlier and assist them with input optimization. Launched in 2015 and servicing hundreds of arable customers across 250,000 hectares in the UK,[Read[Read More…]

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Global Potato News magazine published

The new Global Potato News magazine was launched recently. A print version of the magazine is now being mailed to industry folks around the world. The magazine can be viewed as a pdf file on the website – please go here to access it. The magazine is published as a split North American and European edition. For the launch issue,[Read[Read More…]

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Fully booked INTERPOM | PRIMEURS event certainly worth a visit

INTERPOM | PRIMEURS, the indoor trade fair for the whole potato & vegetable sector in Europe, will take place from Sunday 25 to Tuesday 27 November 2018 at Kortrijk Xpo (Belgium). The trade fair is widely acclaimed as the largest indoor potato trade fair in the world where the entire chain is represented: from growing to processing and marketing. INTERPOM[Read[Read More…]

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‘Eco friendly’ packaging for fries made from potato skins

It was widely reported in the media the past couple of months that Italian designers Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli have created an ecological packaging for fries made from recycled potato skins (peels), as a sustainable alternative to paper. Called “Peel Saver”, the packaging is essentially made of starch and fibre components that, after maceration and natural dying, bond with each other[Read[Read More…]

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Photo and Video Gallery: As Irish as they come – beautifully coloured heritage potato varieties grown in Ireland

Maria Flynn at Ballymakenny Farm in Ireland is one remarkable lady – and so are the marvelous heritage and specialty potato varieties that she grows at the Farm and are marketed to high end restaurants in Ireland. Beautifully coloured creations, filled with the best nutritional value that only potatoes can offer. Where else to find these but in Ireland? From[Read[Read More…]

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Send along your potato photos and videos!

Dear potato friends: I’ve received a number of requests over the past little while from readers of Potato News Today who suggested to me that we publish photos/images of potato farms, potato operations of different kinds, potato businesses and so on and so forth in different countries here on the site. Given the fact that our global world is rapidly “shrinking”[Read[Read More…]

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Newly designed machines for mechanical potato haulm removal

Mechanical removal of potato foliage prior to harvest is coming into the spotlight nowadays due to fact that some of the most popular chemicals in use for potato vine desiccation is under threat of being banned, or already prohibited in some potato producing countries. REMA Environmental Machinery BV in the Netherlands is a company that’s been developing and producing a[Read[Read More…]

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Space agency to deliver Big Data at the farm gate for potato growers

The drought that swept through Europe this year has hit European potato farmers hard when sustained high temperatures and the lack of rain badly affected the agrofood industry. Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) say their data and industry-directed services can help mitigate several challenges faced by the industry. According to ESA, it is not all doom and gloom for the potato industry. A[Read[Read More…]

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Analysis of 2018 US potato production estimates

The United Potato Growers of Canada released an analysis of the U.S. 2018 potato production estimates on November 14.  Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, UPGC, provided the following commentary. Idaho  NASS estimates 2018 production will be up 3.7 million hundred weight. Processing acreage increased this year to meet the needs of the Burley plant expansion. Fresh acreage is less this year. Yields[Read[Read More…]

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Belgapom’s Romain Cools responds to European ‘fry war’ with Colombia

The Belgian, Dutch and German potato industries are afraid that it will become increasingly difficult to export frozen fries to the South American market. Colombia has announced that it will charge anti-dumping tariffs on frozen potato products from these three European countries. “The threat Colombia poses is relatively limited. A reasonably small volume of French fries is sent to the Colombian market.[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo to launch Lay’s production unit in the Ukraine

PepsiCo Ukraine has reportedly launched a project to localize production of potato chips under the Lay’s trademark in the Ukraine, foreseeing the launch of a chips production line at the existing plant in Mykolaiv region by the middle of 2019. According to the press service of PepsiCo Ukraine, the company plans to launch the production line at the existing production[Read[Read More…]

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Equipment specialist presents new generation french fry sorting machine

Since 2011, the Austrian specialist equipment manufacturer Insort has been developing sorting machines for various foods such as potatoes, berries, almonds and nuts. These sorters recognize foreign materials using Insort’s Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®) and remove it from the product flow at high speed. The equipment is used by well-known food processors around the globe. Next week, Insort will present its next[Read[Read More…]

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