Production/Agronomy

Potato growers must be “savvy” to succeed, Lincs event hears

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.”

Source: www.hortweek.com

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Dynamic threshold guidelines for potato leafhoppers

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.

Source: www.tristateneighbor.com

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DNA testing to avoid disease in potato crops

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.

Source: spudsmart.com

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UK: Potatoes in Practice grows for growers

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.

Source: www.potatobusiness.com

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Australia: Tassie potato knowledge wows WA industry

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.

Source: www.abc.net.au

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EU estimates a large potato harvest

The potato harvest in the EU will be 4.4% larger this year than last year, MARS, the European Commission’s research bureau in the area of agrarian products, estimates. This would be second largest harvest yield ever in the EU, besides 2011, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) on its website.

Source: www.freshplaza.com

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UK: Potato area drops to lowest since 1960

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.

Source: www.fwi.co.uk

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Canada: McCain Foods seeks to improve farming with drone technology

McCain Foods and Resson Aerospace of Fredericton are using drone technology for what they hope will be the biggest innovation in farming in decades. The drones are being flown over potato fields to collect information that can help farmers reduce spraying and increase yields. “We put all this data into once container that our super computer can crunch,” said Rishin Behl, the engineer behind the software.

Source: www.cbc.ca

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Idaho spud market collapses

Idaho’s fresh potato prices have fallen nearly $6 per hundredweight in the past couple of weeks, and industry can find no explanation for the decline. Idaho’s fresh potato industry has seen markets collapse over the last two or three weeks, and no one seems to know why. “There are as many theories as there are people,” said Bruce Huffaker, publisher of North American Potato Market News.

Source: www.capitalpress.com

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Canada: Firm gets flying start in McCain potato business

Resson Aerospace, a Fredericton company that uses aerial imaging to improve farm productivity, has signed a multi-year memorandum of understanding with Canada’s largest food producer aimed at improving potato production. The company unveiled its deal with McCain Foods Ltd. at an event Monday near…

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McCain Foods turns to drone technology to monitor potato crops

For years, drones have mostly been used for military purposes, but now the world’s largest producer of French fries is using the technology to pick up information from its potato fields. “We can integrate a lot of different data streams from drones and field sensors and package it into a system t…

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Cyprus: Potato problems

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Hundreds of families are facing financial ruin due to the commercial failure of this year’s potato harvest. One example can be seen at a privately-owned packaging plant for potato exports situated on the Avgorou-Ormidia road. It has been judged unprofitable to export some 300 tonnes of potatoes in the ‘salad potato’ category and they[Read[Read More…]

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Number of Peruvian potato growers leapt to 730,000

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The number of Peruvian farmers engaged in producing potato has increased from 600,000 in 1994 to 730,000 in 2012, according to figures released from the 3rd National Agricultural Census (Cenagro). “In 18 years there are 130,000 new producers who are betting on the potato, which means that every year there are 7,200 new potato[Read[Read More…]

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Produccion de Papa Argentina Produccion y Cultivo de Papa

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Productores de papa de la provincia de Ubaté, en Cundinamarca, le apuestan al uso de semillas certificadas y a la reducción del uso de agroquímicos para mejorar sus cosechas y proteger el medio ambiente. See on www.argenpapa.com.ar You are unauthorized to view this page.

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UK: Art of growing good early crop of potatoes

See on Scoop.it – Potato News It is an industry which still maintains a toehold, with around 120 acres grown in the most favourable coastal locations, but it is a pale shadow of the days when 7,000 acres or more were planted each year. Jersey growers now dominate the market. However, there is still a thriving market for second early[Read[Read More…]

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Peru’s potato acreage increased over last 8 years

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Peru has increased its area planted with potatoes by 14.2%, from 280,000 hectares in the 2005/2006 campaign to 320,000 hectares in the 2012/ 2013 season, the country’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) said. See on www.andina.com.pe You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Australia: Isolated potato growers welcome boost in yields

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Potato growers on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island have welcomed a boost in yields. The island is known for having disease-free soil, giving its seed spud growers a competitive edge in the mainland marketplace. Parndana grower Peter Cooper says he harvested about 850 tonnes this year and says yields were definitely up. See on www.abc.net.au[Read More…]

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UK: Early action vital to beat potential blight epidemic

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Potato crops are at very high risk from a serious blight epidemic this season and growers will need to begin control programmes early to keep the disease at bay, leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons warns. The mild, wet winter and spring has created ideal conditions for the development of blight inoculum across the UK, says[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: PEI potato planting season behind schedule

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The potato planting season on Prince Edward Island has been delayed due to cool, wet weather. But growers hope they can get back on track before harvesting begins later this year. “As of today, we probably have 40 percent of the crop planted,” said Greg Donald, general manager for the Prince Edward Island Potato[Read[Read More…]

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US: NDSU releases pest management app

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsThree North Dakota State University Extension Service publications are available on one app for smartphone and tablet users. The free app contains the “North Dakota Weed Control Guide,” “Field Crop Fungicide Guide” and “Insect Management Guide.” Some of the tools in the app give users the ability to search by crop or pest to find[Read[Read More…]

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