As wireworms spread across Prince Edward Island, costing potato growers millions of dollars by damaging crops, farmers are turning to a new rotation crop for the fight. Wireworms, the larval form of the click beetle, have become a serious agricultural pest on the Island in the last couple of years. Brian Beaton, potato coordinator with P.E.I. Department of Agriculture, said[Read More…]
Potato Europe will give you the chance to see the latest trends and developments in the potato sector, live in action from 3 to 4 September 2014. At the Rittergut Bockerode estate near Hanover over 200 exhibitors present their latest products and services. You will be able to make many new contacts and enjoy a varied and practice-driven technical programme.[Read More…]
Research capacity in Alberta’s potato industry will be significantly enhanced due to a $1 million investment in the University of Lethbridge by a consortium of association and industry partners. The U of L will receive the funds over five years from the Potato Growers of Alberta, McCain Foods, ConAgra Lamb Weston and Cavendish Farms to establish a chair in potato[Read More…]
As potato prices plummet and many sell their crops for a loss, some farmers are planting peas instead. “This is our first year planting peas. It’s kind of an experiment for us,” said Logan Hamilton, a Ririe farmer. Hamilton planted around 110 acres of peas earlier this year – initially as a rotation crop. “We’ll go where the profit takes[Read More…]
Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) was the topic of the afternoon at this new technical event held this July at the family farm of John Reid at Newmill of Balgavies, near Forfar. PCN was identified as one of the top five issues facing the industry as a whole during Potato Council’s 2013 “Direction through Dialogue” discussions throughout 2013. Welcoming the large[Read More…]
Neiker-Tecnalia is currently conducting research into the potato genes that best adapt to the anticipated climate change conditions, characterised by a reduction in rainfall and increased extremes of hot and cold temperatures.The aim is to identify the most resistant genes in order to create new potato varieties that will adapt optimally to future climate conditions.The research is also seeking to[Read More…]
The potato famine drove millions of Irish to starvation and across the Atlantic to America. Now, the American Irish can help to make the Irish potato the saviour of African farmers. Ireland and the United States will collaborate in a historic programme in Africa to make potato the great hunger-buster for small farmers. By 2020, one million potato farmers (equal to the number of Irish farmers in 1847) will be assisted through this programme to lift their communities out of hunger and poverty
Potatoes and onions are commodities that are most frequently imported and consumed in Namibia. They also have the greatest potential for increased domestic production for import substitution. In order to stimulate potato and onion production in Namibia, and to promote sales of Namibian produced potatoes and onions, the Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB), encouraged by the Potato and Onion Industry, introduced the Potato and Onion Scheme.
Andrew Stilwell of distributor Bartholomews looks after a large area of potatoes and of that area he reckons that 60 to 70% are processing varieties prone to Alternaria infection. “It seems to have got worse in the last two years. Alternaria manifests itself later on in the season and we try to integrate blight fungicides with a mancozeb component in a protectant situation early on in the programme, in order to keep this disease at bay. But you really need at least 1500 gms a.i./ha to be effective.”
State crop growers are invited to this year’s Potato Field Day at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Hancock Agricultural Research Station. The event takes place July 22 from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. Attendees will get an update on UW-Madison research on potato genomics, disease, weed and pest management, crop nutrition and related topics. A presentation on the use of remote sensing technology and unmanned aerial vehicles in ag research and precision farming will also be held.
For the second year in a row, Manitoba had the biggest drop-off in potato planting in the country, Statistics Canada said today. The agency said Manitoba farmers reported seeding only 63,384 acres of spuds in 2014. That’s down 9.4 per cent from the 70,000 acres seeded in 2013.
Scientists studying ways to make potato growing less risky and more profitable on the Eastern Shore unveiled some of the latest research at the Third Annual Eastern Shore Potato Field Workshop, held alongside a field in East New Market amid heavy rain July 10.
Just as the human body needs vitamins to strengthen its immune system and provide nourishment, plants need sustenance to boost their abilities to fight infection. Aymeric Goyer, a plant scientist at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and graduate student Amber Vinchesi are conducting a trial to see if spraying vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, on potato plants[Read More…]
About 200 potato growers, advisors and agronomists met at QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn, to discuss the future of the industry. Neil Bidwell, senior agricultural business consultant at Bidwells, said: “In my experience, the grower who makes money from his potato crop is the guy who lives and breathes potatoes. “He thinks like a potato plant, by looking at the weather[Read More…]
Late blight was found in Michigan potatoes July 15, 2014. Conditions remain conducive for late blight in irrigated potato crops. The isolates from Montcalm County have been confirmed as US-23 by GPI isomerase testing. Mating type and ridomil sensitivity are underway.
Due to the recall of much of the chlorothalonil supply for 2014, potato growers have a dilemma about what to base their late blight control programs on. Michigan State University Extension reports that many growers have turned to Elixir fungicide (mancozeb + chlorothalonil, 62.5 +12.5 percent, respectively from United Phosphorus) as the base control for potato late blight.
Spain’s early potato production will grow by 18.5% this year compared to 2013, reaching 360,700 tonnes, while mid-season volumes will drop by 5.6%, down to 962,600 tonnes. For their part, the latest data on agricultural production and acreage supplied by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) state that the harvest of the “rec. 1-i/31-v” tomato variety will increase by 7.6%, reaching 1,104,900 tonnes.
Extreme heat throughout Idaho to start July has raised concerns from some potato and onion growers. Idaho farmers are worried prolonged above-normal temperatures may have stressed or damaged certain crops, especially onion fields already weakened by iris yellow spot virus and Russet Burbank potatoes. More
The Potato Council’s biennial seed strategy conference, “From seed to ware”, widens its appeal for the whole supply chain this autumn. The one-day industry event on November 25 2014 has been ‘refocused’ to appeal to the whole industry, organisers say. Held at the Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire, this year’s Seed Industry Event will look at key issues from seed certification[Read More…]
“Almost all potato varieties are priced at €0.05/kg in the Naples area and it is almost impossible to sell abroad. There are too many potatoes in Europe and, what is worse, their prices are lower than ours. What other countries pay as production costs is what we pay as merely harvesting costs,” explains a local broker.
More is always better. That’s the approach being taken with Friday’s announcement to boost research capacity for Alberta’s potato industry with a $1 million investment in the University of Lethbridge by a consortium of association and industry partners. The U of L will receive the funds over five years from the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA), McCain Foods, ConAgra Lamb Weston and Cavendish Farms to establish a chair in potato science. The announcement was made Friday at an event at Perry Produce near Chin.
A shrinking market and consolidation mean growers have to “nail” costs and agronomy issues, QV Foods chairman Duncan Worth has said. Around 200 potato growers, advisors and agronomists met at QV Foods’ site near Spalding, Lincs, for Potato Council’s seventh East Midlands Potato Day. With the latest Kantar data showing current year-on-year consumption down by 8 per cent, Worth told them: “Quite simply there are too many potatoes out there.”
Potato leafhoppers have been noted in high numbers in Minnesota and Nebraska, and are starting to show up in alfalfa fields in eastern South Dakota. The second and third cuttings of alfalfa are usually most susceptible to potato leafhopper feeding injury and yield loss. We are providing dynamic threshold guidelines for potato leafhopper management from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A diagnostic system that tests for six soil-borne pathogens that threaten potato crops has recently won an Australian horticulture award, and scientists at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) are already looking to adapt it for other high-value vegetables. Since launching commercially last year in Australia, PreDicta Pt ¯ the SARDI soil testing service for the potato industry ¯ has received widespread support from growers, processors and agronomists across the country.
With up to 1,000 industry visitors expected, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), sponsored by Potato Council, is the UK’s largest technical field event for the potato industry. It provides key topical technical content to hundreds of growers and industry, this year it will be held on Thursday 7 August, at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm, Invergowrie, near Dundee. PiP, organised and hosted by the James Hutton Institute, is held in association with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Agrii. The event offers the anticipated high-standard mix of science, technology and practical advice.
Tasmania’s potato industry has been striving to stay competitive, and it seems to be paying off. A delegation from Western Australia’s potato industry, says advances in soil and disease management, are giving Tasmanian growers an edge. The group comprised 16 fresh market, seed and processing potato growers, and staff from the WA Potato Marketing Corporation and Murdoch University.
GB potato growers planted 119,900ha this season, a drop in area of 2.1%, according to a provisional estimate by the Potato Council. That is the lowest area since at least 1960 and, with an average yield of 44.9t/ha, would produce a crop of 5.39m tonnes – 330,000t down on last year but 900,000t more than in 2012.