Cultivation/Production

All about biostimulants: Prestigious event to focus on trends and developments in the biostimulant industry

ACI’s US Biostimulants Summit 2018 will be taking place in Chicago, IL, USA, on 27th — 28th June 2018. The conference will bring together the leading executives and experts from across the entire value chain (producers of biostimulant and plant nutrient products, farmers and agriculture suppliers, technology providers, research institutes & government representatives) for two days of informative presentations, interactive discussion &[Read More…]

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Your potato crop’s nutritional status: Remove the guesswork

In sporting events, there’s an old saying “it’s hard to know the players without a scorecard.” That’s also true with growing a potato crop. Your crop’s nutritional status is dynamic and requires constant monitoring to ensure the production of high yielding, high quality potatoes that are demanded in today’s market. Many misapplications occur every season when crop advisors and farmers look[Read More…]

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Microbial allies: How soil microbes influence nutrient uptake

Soil is rich with biological diversity and complexity that is not immediately apparent to the un-aided eye. Without a strong microscope, you wouldn’t know that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of organisms in a handful of soil. Bacteria, archaea, algae, and fungi play critical roles in the growth and well-being of plants. I like to think about[Read More…]

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Dutch experts help Indonesia deal with potato pests

Potato cultivation in the highlands of Indonesia is plagued by a number of pests, including Potato Cyst Nematodes and Phytophthora infestans. Dutch experts are now helping their Indonesian counterparts to find the right approach to control these potato pests. In order to further study, best impede and conquer the spread of the PCN, the Agriculture Quarantine Agency (AQA) of the Indonesian Ministry[Read More…]

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US: WSU releases 2018 growing season potato pest alert, probability of late blight relatively high

Washington State University has released their third potato pest alert which included an insect monitoring report and a potato disease report for the 2018 growing season. WSU Potato alerts come in part from the Washington Potato Commission based out of the Columbia Basin. According to the report, beet leafhoppers (BLH) are a continuingly increasing pest in the across the Columbia Basin. Beet[Read More…]

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Biological fungicide targets powdery mildew, fusarium and phytophthora

BioSafe Systems in the US has released PVent Biological Fungicide through a partnership between BioSafe and Lallemand Plant Care. Due to its active ingredient, a 93 percent Gliocladium catenulam strain J1446, BioSafe said the fungicide  has unique adaption traits, meaning that it can thrive across broad ranges of temperature and humidity, both in the soil and on leaf and stem tissue.[Read More…]

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How soil type affects nutrient readings and management

All healthy soils have similar qualities, like good drainage and a sufficient nutrient supply. But improving the health of your soil is much easier if you know and understand your soil type; it affects how farmers measure and manage the nutrients in the ground. Soil type is determined by two factors: soil texture (whether the soil’s particles are mostly sand, silt,[Read More…]

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Blackheart and senescent sweetening: Two serious physiological issues with potato tubers during storage

In the latest issue of AHDB Potatoes’ regular Storage Bulletin, it is noted that potato tubers are living organisms that go through a number of physiological processes during storage, such as respiration and dormancy. These processes are affected by a variety of factors, which determine the quality of your potatoes and their resulting value in your market of choice. It[Read More…]

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UK: Robust potato blight control needed in late planting season

British potato growers are being urged to stay on top of blight disease this season as late spring plantings mean it is even more critical to maintain green leaf area through the summer to maximise yields. In such a late planting season, crop experts say robust blight control will be vital after delayed crop establishment is likely to lead to late[Read More…]

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Ireland’s Keogh’s to help develop potato farming in Ethiopia

The award-winning Keogh’s Farm in north Co Dublin has committed to a three-year partnership with Vita, which will see it become the first Irish food business to go carbon neutral. Developing a sustainable potato cultivation programme for Ethiopian farmers is the aim of the partnership. Vita is the only Irish not-for-profit overseas development agency to deliver a platform for Irish companies to[Read More…]

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Deep down: Late blight’s chemical attack mechanism explained

A team of international researchers headed by scientists from the University of Tübingen in Germany has deciphered the workings of a cytolytic toxin, which is produced by some of the world’s most devastating crop diseases. The cytolysin is manufactured by pathogens such as bacteria and fungi and can wipe out entire harvests if chemical protection is not used. The study — by researchers from Tübingen and[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress event: Company unveils new technology for enhanced monitoring of potato crop development

VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of clean tech and sustainable development. The company’s WatchITGrow technology is said to allow for better monitoring of potato production leading to increased yields. This tool helps farmers to optimize crop production in a sustainable way. After the so-called “shadow map” which was introduced earlier this year, watchITgrow now unveils a[Read More…]

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Agricultural drones: What farmers need to know

Using drones for agriculture is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as they are sometimes called, are rapidly becoming a core tool in a farmer’s precision equipment mix. Today’s farmers have to deal with increasingly complex concerns. Issues such as water – both quality and quantity, climate change, glyphosate-resistant weeds, soil quality, uncertain[Read More…]

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An electronic potato coming to your fields to help monitor crop development

The future of the potato sector could include the classification of potato production with a smartphone, while receiving information on soil temperature, humidity and CO2 levels in real time thanks to an electronic potato to be planted among the tubers. These new solutions were presented at Macfrut by Romagnoli F.lli Spa. The SolGrader technology was developed by Dutch company Solentum and enables, by taking[Read More…]

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US: New Potato Blight app offers new weapon against potato disease

North Dakota and western Minnesota potato growers have an improved tool to fight a dangerous crop disease. The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, or NDAWN, has launched its Potato Blight app for Apple and Android phones and tablets. “We want to give our growers tools they can use in their fields,” said Andrew Robinson, potato extension specialist for both North Dakota and[Read More…]

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UK: High hopes for new potato herbicide

CPM find out more about a new herbicide for use in potatoes and how it has impressed in trials giving good control of a broad range of weeds. The new herbicide which Bayer is hoping to introduce for the start of the 2019 season, approval permitting, currently carries the development code SP01664 and is in demonstration trials around the UK. Containing the active[Read More…]

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Potato beetle resistance brewing in Canada

The battle against Colorado potato beetle is becoming more difficult every season. It’s not a new problem. As early as 2014, producer groups were already warning that Colorado potato beetles were becoming increasingly resistant to neonicotinoids. Four years later, the problem has not gone away and, in some patches of the province, has arguably got worse. High beetle populations made their way into[Read More…]

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Mapping a new frontier: Potatoes and precision agriculture

Potatoes may, in many ways, be the perfect candidate for precision agriculture. They’re a high-volume, high-value and high-input crop and the industry has already invested more than other sectors in soil and drainage mapping, variable rate technology and management zones, according to one agronomist who works closely with potato growers. Trevor Thornton’s Crop Care Consulting in Canada says all these factors, and[Read More…]

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Bayer launches digital farming solution for field crops

Bayer has launched its xarvio Field Manager in five countries – Germany, France, Austria, Poland, and Ukraine. The new digital solution is for now available in field crops such as potato, wheat, barley, sugar beet and oilseed rape. Further expansion to other crops and countries is expected in the coming months. Field Manager will support European farmers in growing healthy crops by providing recommendations about the[Read More…]

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Embracing technology key to Australian potato grower’s success

Scott Rockliff knows a thing or two about potato growing. For six generations, the Rockliff family has been growing potatoes along the north-west coast of Tasmania in Sassafras, a 200-year old town renowned for its food and wine production. A lot has changed since Scott Rockliff’s ancestors established the original farm in the 1800s. Nowadays, innovation is a must – understanding the latest in technology required[Read More…]

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Black dot a particular scourge of fresh market potato crops in GB this season

Black dot has been a particular scourge of fresh market crops this season, according AHDB Potatoes in the UK. Delayed harvesting has encouraged disease spread, increasing the crop’s exposure to infected soil and high levels of moisture. Here’s a reminder of why the problem has been so widespread. Black dot is a disease caused by Colletotrichum coccodes. There is evidence that[Read More…]

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Late sown potato crops could be vulnerable to blight

The potato blight season has got underway in Great Britain with blight found on dumps in Kent. While such reports are not unusual at this time of year, it is important to be aware of the infection risk posed by cull potato piles, volunteers and solanaceous weeds, says Dr David Cooke of the James Hutton Institute. “Last year we had very[Read More…]

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