Production/Agronomy

Canada: Stopping potato greening – A cure may be in the works for sunburned potatoes

Prince Edward Island research scientist Bourlaye Fofana is confident that potato greening could become be a thing of the past. Research began last year at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Crops and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown, P.E.I., to create a potato that will not turn green when exposed to light. Source: www.spudsmart.com See on Scoop.it – Global Potato News

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India: More potato acreage needed to boost output in Odisha

With an objective to end potato scarcity in the state of Odisha, agriculture experts have suggested road maps to the state government for attaining self-sufficiency in tuber production by 2017. In his suggestions to the state government, Dhruba Charan Pradhan, a former agriculture officer, has said about 38,000 hectares (ha) should be brought under potato cultivation in this rabi season[Read More…]

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UK: Potato harvest progress up on past two years

The potato harvest continues to run ahead of the past two years, although progress remains slightly behind the five-year average. According to the Potato Council, farmers cleared about 60,000ha of GB potatoes by 27 September – 15,000ha more than last year and 17,000ha ahead of 2012. Yields were generally above average, meaning supplies were likely to be ample for 2014-15,[Read More…]

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UK: Dry September complicates potato harvest

Jeremy Oatey: The extremely dry weather during September have enabled us to make excellent progress. Although welcome, in many respects it has proved challenging, particularly where potato harvesting has been concerned. The risk of bruising has been high, although warm soil conditions have helped mitigate it. More

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Canada: Potato Quality Institute gets equipment to test potato DNA for viruses

The Prince Edward Island Potato Quality Institute has purchased a Q1Axcel System that will enable them to improve laboratory productivity of essential testing services for Island potato producers. “The QIAxcel system will help to improve the turnaround time of PCR (polymerase chain reaction, a biochemical technology) results, in a timelier manner, so that the P.E.I. potato growers can meet potential[Read More…]

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US: Web seminar discusses post-harvest phosphorus for spuds

With potato harvest winding down in many regions, growers have changed their focus to post-harvest tuber management and storage. Phosphorous acid-based products can help control many post-harvest diseases if applied following best management practices. To assist growers, Extension agents and consultants with the use of these products, Focus on Potato has produced a nine-minute Web seminar. More

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Harnessing the power of global positioning and radio-frequency identification systems to track the potato harvest

One U.S.-based company is working to transform farm data management, using GPS and RFID tagging systems to track potatoes by load from field to storage. Techmark’s Qual-Trac System captures GPS coordinates of potato loads in the field at the same time the loads are being harvested. The information is transmitted via cell modem to the Techmark website where the data[Read More…]

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Management practices to minimize potato bruise damage

Potato bruising is a serious problem in the potato industry. The effects of bruising are felt by every handler and consumer of potatoes and are a major economic drain on the industry. Potato bruising is estimated to cost the U.S. potato industry at least $298 million annually. With bruise-free incentive clauses in processor contracts and an increasing emphasis on limiting[Read More…]

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Web seminar focuses on potato fungicide resistance management

Although herbicide-resistant weeds have captured headlines in many trade publications the past few years, another type of resistance is becoming increasingly important – fungicide resistance. In the latest Focus on Potato, Barry Jacobsen, a plant pathology professor at Montana State University, tackles the subject with the potato industry in mind, according to a news release. Source: www.thegrower.com See on Scoop.it[Read More…]

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China buys Israeli drip irrigation company for $20 million

China’s Yuanda Enterprise Group announced last week that it had bought the Israeli company AutoAgronome Israel Ltd for $20 million in order to expand its business to high-tech agriculture. The Israeli company produces smart irrigation and fertilization systems that are successfully used with 70 different types of crops, including potatoes, in 13 countries including the United Kingdom. “The movement to new[Read More…]

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Idaho spud sizes down, yields average

Idaho spud farmers say tuber sizes appear to be smaller and yields are average, at best, as they commence their 2014 harvest, but they’ve generally been pleased by crop quality. In Eastern Idaho’s Pleasant Valley area, Ritchey Toevs said ideal spring growing conditions led potato plants to set a large number of tubers. Though he said his spuds appear in[Read More…]

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Potato growers in Idaho expect smaller crop, low prices

As Idaho’s potato growers begin this year’s harvest, they’ve encountered a market with low prices. Even though volumes are expected to be lower than they were last season, high transportation costs may make it difficult for growers to recoup their costs this year. “It’s going to be a smaller crop this year,” said Road Laird of Eagle Eye Produce. Source:[Read More…]

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NEPG expects record potato harvest in North-western Europe

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that the upcoming Potato harvest could set a new record, even higher than 2011 when production reached 26.8 million tons. Based upon five year average yield data and various trial digs in the 5 key countries it is estimated that production could be at 27 million tons, excluding seed and starch potatoes. However,[Read More…]

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Austria: Potato supply sufficient despite barriers to harvesting

Rainfall in the last few days has interrupted harvesting all throughout Austria, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (German Agricultural Market Information Service) on their website. Despite a lack of new crops, buyers potato warehouses are still filled. Sale of the early varieties will be, for the most part, closed. Source: www.freshplaza.com See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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High potato yields expected in top growing nations

Potato plantings in the five key North European potato producing countries reached a record 548,475ha this year, according to the latest Euro Potato estimate. And growing conditions have been conducive to above-average yields. Based on five-year average yields and in-season estimates, average yields in Belgium, France, Germany, GB and the Netherlands are currently pegged at 49t/ha, which could see production[Read More…]

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US: Wisconsin potatoes enjoying strong start to 2014 season

The weather has been kind, providing Wisconsin potato growers with a very good summer production season. The earliest harvest started well in mid-August. Weather permitting, the growers expect a very good fall harvest. “It’s been a great growing season. It’s gone real well,” said Mike Carter, chief executive officer of Bushmans’ Inc., in Rosholt, WI. Wisconsin’s potato growing season started[Read More…]

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UK: Quality is key for 2014 potato crop

With the potential of a high yielding maincrop potato harvest this season, growers are being advised quality will be key to ensure crops meet buyer specification. Favourable conditions through the growing season have boosted maincrop yield prospects and, although there was a scare with blight earlier in the season, crops look well. According to John Sarup of Spud Agronomy, very[Read More…]

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Australia: Challenges dug up at potato conference

THE 2014 Potato Industry Conference revealed more than just the physical challenges of farming to Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture senior seed certification officer Leonie White. Mrs White was impressed by the younger farmers who stood up and discussed the challenges of working with parents and taking over farm management. One speaker, Professor Gary Secor, of North Dakota State University, discussed[Read More…]

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Australian potato growers feel financial pressure

AUSTRALIAN potato growers are feeling the pinch of financial pressures with recents costs rising and returns falling. According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), potato growers’ returns fell by about 50 per cent – on average – in 2011-12 when comparing to previous years. AUSVEG spokesman Andrew MacDonald said the diminished returns had been driven[Read More…]

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India: McCain, DuPont to empower potato farmers

McCain Foods and DuPont India are collaborating to implement the Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Farm Assurer Certification Program with McCain contract farmers. The program is designed to equip farmers to follow GAP in order to ensure food, worker and environmental safety in growing potatoes sustainably while enhancing harvest quality and marketability. Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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UK: Preparing your potato harvester – 10 top tips to minimise crop damage

With the main potato harvest fast approaching, and the prospect of a good supply of high-quality potatoes, damage tolerances are expected to be tight. It is therefore important the crop reaches customers in the best possible condition. Stuart Smith of Grimme gives us his 10 top tips for keeping damage to a minimum during harvest. Source: www.farmersguardian.com See on Scoop.it[Read More…]

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Grain aphid threat to Scottish seed potatoes | News

THE grain aphid could become a threat to seed potato crops, visitors to PiP heard. Grain aphids with resistance to commonly-used pyrethroid insecticides have been appearing in increasing numbers across England. Analysis of aphids caught in suction traps revealed the presence of pyrethroid-resistant grain aphids in Scotland in 2012. Source: www.farmersguardian.com See on Scoop.it – Potato News

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UK: Region’s growers play role in record potato exports

The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes – the new record set in 2013/14. While the majority of seed potatoes exported from Britain are[Read More…]

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UK: Region’s growers play role in record potato exports

The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes – the new record set in 2013/14. According to the industry body, the success is largely due[Read More…]

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