Canada: Manitoba potato industry on shaky ground says McCain VP

Manitoba potato producers are pricing themselves out of the market. Christine Wentworth, McCain Foods’ vice-president of agriculture for North America, said the province is becoming a high-cost producer, sounding alarms that further cuts could be headed the industry’s way. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

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US: Cavendish Farms pulls Maine potato acreage

See on – Potato News Cavendish Farms will not plant potatoes in Presque Isle, Maine this year, but the move will not affect the company’s sponsorship of an industry research and education group. Cavendish owns 6,000 acres in Maine, said Mary Keith, vice president of communications for J.D. Irving Ltd., Cavendish’s parent company. Keith would not say how much[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Extreme weather brings potato shortage and sends prices soaring

See on – Potato News Shoppers are spitting chips over the rising cost of washed potatoes amid reduced ­supplies. Disgruntled customers have reported $12 price tags for 3kg bags of basic cleanskin spuds at some supermarkets. Loose potato prices at some Victorian retailers have climbed by up to 20 per cent and could rise further. Industry body AUSVEG spokesman[Read[Read More…]

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US: BLOCKER® 4F Fungicide recommended for common scab

See on – Potato NewsAMVAC Chemical Corporation, a subsidiary of American Vanguard Corporation, announces a 2(ee) recommendation for BLOCKER 4F fungicide for common scab (Streptomyces scabies) on potatoes. BLOCKER 4F is a preventative fungicide that can be used as a soil treatment for control of a variety of diseases, including Rhizoctonia stem canker, black scurf and white mold. The[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Farming in the US industry: Market research report now available

The Potato Farming industry produces potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams for sale to fresh markets and food processors. Potatoes are the most widely produced vegetable in the United States and form a well-accepted component of a number of prepared dishes and snack foods including french fries and potato chips. Sweet potatoes have increased in popularity in recent years, though still[Read[Read More…]

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AU: Seed of idea now major potato phosphorous trial

See on – Potato NewsAn initiative by Kangaroo Island Seed Potato producers has led to the development of a major state wide project. There are scientifically documented challenges for the established soil testing methods (Colwell or Olsen P test) to reliably predict potato P requirements over a range of soil types. A project was developed by local producers in conjunction with Lyn Dohle (Rural Solutions SA) and submitted through Potatoes South Australia (SA’s peak potato industry[Read[Read More…]

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Scotland: Potato quality and yield boosts Produce Investments profits

See on – Potato NewsBORDERS-based Produce Investments, the owner of integrated potato firm Greenvale AP, has cited a marked improvement in growing conditions as it hiked profits four-fold at the interim stage, while announcing plans to close a packing site in England.S-based Produce Investments, the owner of integrated potato firm Greenvale AP, has cited a marked improvement in growing[Read[Read More…]

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Argentina provides Cuba with potato genetic material

See on – Potato News A technical team from the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) in Argentina shared information about harvest and postharvest mechanization technologies to increase and improve the varietal diversity of potato production in Cuba. According to the INTA, as part of the cooperation efforts made Argentina’s Foreign Ministry, a team of specialists from this institution[Read[Read More…]

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Open Access Article on Potato Leafhopper Ecology and Integrated Pest Management

See on – Potato News A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management summarizes the knowledge to date on the biology of the potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae (Harris), including its distribution, development, migration, agricultural host plants, and mechanics of injury to host plants. In this pest profile, the authors summarize knowledge potato leafhopper life history, ecology,[Read[Read More…]

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US: Cavendish Farms suspends potato planting

See on – Potato NewsBetween 3,000 and 5,000 acres of Aroostook County farmland could be out of production this year after Cavendish Farms, a subsidiary of J.D. Irving Ltd., announced it is suspending all potato planting operations in Presque Isle this season. The move means a loss of 13 jobs, including three full-time positions, five full-time seasonal positions and[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Potato growers hoping for a good year

See on – Potato NewsIreland’s potato growers have not had an easy time of it over recent years. And one can only commend them on their undying spirit and commitment to their cause.  More than any other sector of Irish agriculture they are wholly dependent on the weather when it comes to getting work done. But, as we all[Read[Read More…]

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Three Web seminars focus on hot potato production topics

See on – Potato News Focus on Potato has released three educational Web seminars aimed at helping potato growers better understand pesticides and manage diseases and insect vectors. See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Nematode threat to Scottish potato production

See on – Potato NewsScientists and specialists from Scotland’s Rural College discussed the latest lessons from their research at a Scottish Funding Council-supported potato research event in Forfar. Jo Learmonth reports.POTATO cyst nematode (PCN) populations in Scottish crops are on the increase, with a rise in the numbers of Globodera pallida being seen in samples sent to Scotland’s Rural[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato outlook isn’t good

See on – Potato NewsCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — There are two likely scenarios facing U.S. potato growers in the 2014-15 season, and neither of them is sunny, according to Jerry Wright, president and chief executive officer of the United Potato Growers of America, Salt Lake Cit. And of those two scenarios, Wright said there’s an 80% chance the one[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Rice helps farmers control potato cyst nematode

See on – Potato NewsWithout knowing the details, the suggestion of using rice to help control potato cyst nematode (PCN) sounds more of an April Fool’s Day spoof than good technical advice. But Stephen Williams, Syngenta field technical manager, is serious about the role of rice grains in tackling PCN as a means of assessing the effectiveness of incorporation[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Nitrification inhibitor boosts potato yields

See on – Potato NewsPotato yields can be boosted by using nitrogen inhibitors sprayed on to the soil or applied in-furrow at planting, according to independent on-farm trials in Scotland. The nitrification and urease inhibitor Didin was used in the trials and works by slowing down the conversion of ammonium into nitrate, reducing losses by leaching and volatilisation.See on[Read[Read More…]

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UK: A spud-tastic day for our potato growers

See on – Potato NewsThe Potato Council’s West Midlands Potato Day sees more of the region’s potato growers attending each year, writes the council’s Chris Steele This year it takes place on June 19 and grower Jonathan Bubb will host the day’s programme at Lynn South Farm, Newport. The day always covers a wide agenda. This year is no[Read[Read More…]

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Managing Potato Disease With Phosphites

See on – Potato NewsSpudman publishes news and information dedicated to potato farming and production, offering regular, informative articles and advice on growing, harvesting and storing potatoes. During the past eight years, we have conducted a number of trials and investigations that have examined the efficacy of phosphorous acid-based products or phosphites (Phi) for control of pink rot and[Read[Read More…]

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