Australian probe into NZ potato imports

An Australian Senate Inquiry into the importation of fresh potatoes from New Zealand has been praised by the Australian industry. “This represents a significant step in the right direction towards stopping the proposed importation of fresh potatoes from New Zealand, which are infected with the devastating Zebra Chip disease,” said AUSVEG Public Affairs Manager, William Churchill. The Zebra Chip disease[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers: Volunteer plants not a source of in-season spread of zebra chip disease

Volunteer potato plants growing from seed infected with zebra chip are likely too few in number and survive too briefly to contribute to the spread of the crop disease, according to new Oregon State University research findings. According to OSU plant pathology laboratory manager Jordan Eggers, “It looks like volunteers won’t be a source of the bacterium for in-season spread.[Read[Read More…]

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Study shows PVY costs Idaho $34 million

Spud yield losses caused by potato virus Y cost Idaho’s economy about $34 million per year, according to results of a recently completed economic impact study by University of Idaho agricultural economist Chris McIntosh. The estimate includes $6.5 million in lost wages from 184 Idaho jobs that would otherwise be filled if not for PVY. McIntosh estimates direct losses to[Read[Read More…]

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Vigilance required to keep ring rot out of the UK

Imported seed remains one of the biggest threats to UK potato crop health, according to the Potato Council’s Rob Burns. And despite the Safe Haven seed assurance scheme – launched in 2004 and which now voluntarily covers 60 per cent of UK seed – having largely done its job, individual parties and practices can still put the national crop at[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potatoes thrive under higher carbon dioxide levels

Although some plants may suffer under global climate change and increased carbon dioxide levels, potatoes appear to thrive. Under trials that simulated elevated CO2 levels, potato tuber yield was as much as 60 percent greater than from plants growing under current CO2 levels, according to a news release. The studies, conducted by an Agricultural Research Service group led by agricultural[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Managing stored potatoes

Management of stored potatoes requires regular inspections to check tuber quality and store conditions. David Hudson suggests that you shouldn’t apply CIPC ‘by the calendar’. For effective sprout control, accepted advice is now not to apply CIPC as soon as there are signs of renewed sprouting. This first response is often just slight movement or swelling of the sprout after[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Storage Conference focused on ‘365 days a year potato supply’

The Storage 2020 International Conference, sponsored by Certis, takes place 13 February and has a unique agenda focused on the future of 365 days a year potato supply.  The Conference, hosted by Potato Council, features horizon scanning plenary sessions which will consider the role storage will play in the future production of potatoes and other agricultural crops. Online registration is[Read[Read More…]

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Cuba (Colón): Vigilancia fitosanitaria en cultivo de papa augura buenos rendimientos

La situación fitosanitaria en el cultivo de la papa mantiene los niveles adecuados de desarrollo en la Cooperativa de Producción Agropecuaria (CPA) VI Congreso Campesino y la Unidad Básica de Producción Cooperativa (UBPC) Gispert, entidades dedicadas al cultivo en el matancero municipio de Colón. A veces las bajas temperaturas desagradan, sin embargo en la agricultura para el período de siembra[Read[Read More…]

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US: Logan Farm Equipment in Idaho launches new website

Logan Farm Equipment recently announced the release of the new and improved user-friendly website., a new website that provides a user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing interface showcasing new potato equipment the company manufactures. “Our company is committed to providing durable, purpose built potato equipment. We are pleased to have a website that reflects the quality of our product and showcase our[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Scientist warns Prince Edward Island farmers about wireworm

Farmers packed Charlottetown’s Dutch Inn Tuesday to hear the science surrounding wireworms. It’s a tiny pest that’s difficult to eradicate and is a serious threat to the Island’s potato, vegetable and cereal crops. Bob Vernon, an Agriculture Canada scientist, spoke to about 300 farmers. He’s been researching wireworm for 20 years. The tiny pest burrows into crops and leaves holes[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Fertilizer prices to level off before spring rally

North American fertilizer prices have been on the rise over the past month, but are expected to level off until the spring, when the market should see a seasonal rally, said Rick Rempel, vice-president of marketing for Western Canada with Agrico Canada Ltd. He said tight supply had contributed to the increase. “The supply of (fertilizer) has been disrupted by[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: McCain Foods, Victoria potato growers fixing ‘strained relationship’

McCain Foods agriculture director John Jackson has admitted the company’s relationship with Victoria’s potato growers has been damaged in recent years. However, the prosperity of McCain and the growers were intertwined, he said, and they needed a more co-operative relationship to survive against pressure from imports. Mr Jackson became McCain’s agriculture director – a national role based in Ballarat –[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Seed potato health vital for growers – and the entire industry

With growers becoming increasingly aware of the significance of plant health and bio-security, the seed potato team at Potato Council have been working hard with plant health authorities to encourage the potato industry to grow only healthy seed potatoes. Robert Burns, head of seed and export at Potato Council and a former government plant health expert, is keen to communicate[Read[Read More…]

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Do you know how to distinguish and control Alternaria, or early blight?

Although not in the same league as late blight, it is important to understand the potentially damaging effects of Alternaria. At Potato Council’s recent Winter Forum West in Shropshire in the UK, John Keer of Richard Austin Agriculture told a room full of growers and industry what we know about Alternaria and the way in which the two species can[Read[Read More…]

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British potato grower best seed supplier for Pepsico in Europe

A major international award recognising Europe’s best seed potato supplier has been won for the second successive year by a farmer in north Northumberland. The Best Supplier Performance from US multinational PepsiCo – parent company of Walkers Crisps, Quaker, Tropicana and Copella – has gone to David Humphreys, representing Greenseed International. Judging is based on a tough list of key[Read[Read More…]

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US: Crop rotations avoid insecticide resistant bugs

A potato beetle researcher recommends farmers alternate crop rotations and insecticides to avoid building up insect populations that are resistant to the chemicals. University of Maine associate professor of applied entomology Andrei Alyokhin shared his tips during the Washington Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash. Alyokhin advises using crop rotations and alternating different insecticide applications instead of continuous cropping or[Read[Read More…]

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Bangladesh: Late blight disease worries potato growers

After a serious price fall of potatoes in several northern districts, late blight disease, caused by prolonged dense fog, has now become a cause of concern for potato growers in Bogra. This season, 61,305 hectares of land in Bogra have been brought under potato cultivation against the target of 54,927 hectares, while the production target is 10,79,815 tonnes, according to sources[Read[Read More…]

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Honduras: Más de 3.260 productores hondureños dependen del cultivo de papa

La papa es uno de los alimentos más consumidos en Latinoamérica y en el caso de Honduras, más de tres mil 260 productores dependen de este cultivo para llevar sustento a sus familias. Vale recalcar que un 34 por ciento son mujeres campesinas; éstos y otros análisis de PYMERURAL muestran que además del bajo rendimiento promedio (199 quintales por manzana),[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes could step up performance under climate change pressure

New research shows that potatoes – often cultivated as a rainfed crop with little or no irrigation – are still the go-to tuber when times get tough. Agricultural Research Service agricultural engineer David Fleisher and colleagues wanted to measure how potato plants would respond to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and the increasingly erratic rainfall patterns expected to result[Read[Read More…]

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Kein besonders gutes Jahr für die Kartoffel

Die Qualität passt bei den Kartoffeln, die Erträge ließen allerdings im Süden zu wünschen übrig, was die daraus resultierenden Preise für die Erzeuger nicht ganz ausgleichen konnten. Entsprechend gemischt ist die Stimmung der Kartoffelbauern. „Bei 9,2 Millionen Tonnen Kartoffeln habe ich gedacht, da geht die Post ab“, drückte Norbert Ziegler, Vorsitzender der Erzeugergemeinschaft (EG) für Qualitätskartoffeln Neuburg-Schrobenhausen, seine Erwartung aus,[Read[Read More…]

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