Seed potato production in Ireland discussed at meeting

Farmers from across the country attended the Seed Potato workshop organised by Teagasc, Bord Bia and the IFA in the City North Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 4 March. The workshop addressed the important aspects of seed potato production in Ireland. Seed exports have dwindled from over 10,000 tonnes per annum, a little over 10 years ago, to negligible volumes today. Dr Barry[Read More…]

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Scottish seed potato sector on track for record

The Scottish seed potato sector is on track for a record number of exports this year. According to Scottish Government figures, 81,968 tonnes of seed have been exported to non-EU countries since July 2014, with another 3,000 tonnes expected to be exported by the end of the season in June. Exports are already up on last year, when nearly 78,000[Read More…]

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Idaho seed growers exceed ring rot program requirements

Many Idaho commercial and seed potato growers weren’t content to simply meet the minimum requirements of a newly mandated test for bacterial ring rot. Under the Idaho Crop Improvement Association’s new ring rot program, certified seed beginning with generation one must undergo advanced laboratory testing at a 200-tuber sample size for lots smaller than a tenth of an acre and[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Potato farmers struggling to meet demands of fast food industry

Potato farmers in Venezuela seem to be running out of options after a months-long stall in seed imports have caused the potato supply there to dwindle. The Venezuelan Producers Association, also called FEDEAGRO, says it is up to the Venezuelan government to import seeds from outside of the country. According to farmers, they are not getting clear information from the[Read More…]

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UK: Greater focus on processing, seed production

As part of its efforts to develop British seed potato exports, the parent organisation for the Potato Council UK (AHDB), has undergone a re-branding. Robert Burns, Head of Seeds and Export, points out, “We are a young organisation currently on a journey and haven’t quite found out yet what the structure will be. It will probably be an emphasis on[Read More…]

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Expert help for Western Australia’s seed potato producers

The Department of Agriculture and Food has invited a world leader in seed potato physiology to share his expertise with WA growers this month. DAFWA research officer Andrew Taylor said the visit would provide an opportunity for potato growers to gain first-hand practical information to help boost their businesses. “Western Australia has a strong reputation for seed potato quality and[Read More…]

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Potato virus Y incidences on the rise in Idaho seed

The incidence of potato virus Y has increased markedly in Idaho potato seed, according to newly released results of the state’s 2015 winter grow-out. Alan Westra, Idaho Crop Improvement Association’s southeast manager, said during his organization’s Jan. 20 seed seminar clean seed lots in the grow-out decreased from 54 percent in 2014 to 44 percent this winter. Westra said the[Read More…]

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Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’

The J.R. Simplot Co. plans to keep its GMO potato in a “closed-loop” system while it builds industry acceptance, a company representative says. The system will ensure the potatoes don’t go outside controlled farms or anywhere else by accident, said Kerwin Bradley, director of commercialization for Simplot. Seed grown by Simplot on controlled farms will go only to licensed growers.[Read More…]

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Agrico celebrating worldwide choice in seed and table potatoes at Fruit Logistica

Agrico will be participating in Fruit Logistica, held from Wednesday 4 until Friday 6 February in Berlin. At this leading international fair Agrico will present its worldwide choice in the fields of seed and table potatoes. At the fair Agrico will focus on eight different varieties that have greatly contributed towards the company’s success in the various sectors all over[Read More…]

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US: North Dakota farmers receive Seed Grower award at Potato Expo 2015

By all accounts, Potato Expo 2015 held recently in Orlando was a huge success. The largest gathering of the U.S. potato industry drew over 1,900 attendees and 160 exhibitors. The Potato Expo offered educational programming covering the top issues facing the potato industry. Corrie and Tom Enander from Grenora, N.D., took home the National Potato Council’s Seed Grower of the[Read More…]

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UK: UV bursts offer chemical-free destruction of seed potato and fresh produce pathogens, says supplier

Techneat Engineering will use next week’s LAMMA 2015 agricultural equipment show to unveil its new pulsed UV light system for cleansing seed potatoes and fresh produce. The patented technology concentrates UV energy into a flash lasting fractions of a millisecond, at a wavelength which terminally disrupts the DNA and cell structure of pathogens. Researchers at the Potato Council’s Sutton Bridge[Read More…]

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Russia: Seed potato imports from Finland

Seed potatoes from Finland amounting to 3,890 tonnes can be sold to Russia. This is the result of an inspection tour at the Russian Plant Protection Service Rosselkhoznadzor during 25th – 27th November 2014. Experts said that the samples from Finland didn’t contain any quarantine diseases. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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US: Potato viruses – The silent enemy of seed potato production

Hijackers, tricksters and deceitful agents, plant viruses are some of the most devious and threatening enemies of seed potato growers in North America. They are the number one cause of seed lots failing to meet the standards necessary to wear the Wisconsin Certified Seed label. How do they do it, you ask?  Scientists have studied potato viruses for decades. They[Read More…]

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UK: Grampian Growers forms alliance with Dutch seed company

Montrose-based co-operative Grampian Growers Ltd has announced a new alliance aimed at increasing market share for its 25 seed potato growing members. Back in 2012 the company invested heavily in new grading equipment and at the same time unveiled a potato breeding initiative in partnership with English packers E Park and Sons and Andrew Skea Organics based at Auchterhouse near[Read More…]

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Fiji government trials new potato varieties

The Agriculture Ministry is trialing new potato varieties. Minister Inia Seruiratu says the potatoes have been planted for seeds. ‘’Farmers have harvested and we are keeping the seeds now, this is again on trial, we are trying various methods to conserve the seeds for the off season and we hope to plant again early next year, in time for the[Read More…]

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Scotland: Act now to save spud seed industry from ‘PCN creep’

The area of potato cyst nematode (PCN)-free land for seed potato production in Scotland is shrinking and growers must act now to ensure the trend is reversed, experts warn. About 80% of certified seed planted in Great Britain comes from Scottish farms, with its cooler climate providing kinder conditions to keep crops virus and disease free. Land destined to be[Read More…]

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US: Creating a better spud

Do you ever wish your potato would bruise less or didn’t turn brown after being peeled? So did researchers at J.R. Simplot Co., and they have created a new potato variety—Innate—that promises that and more. After a decade of scientific development, safety assessments and extensive field tests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave its final stamp of approval to[Read More…]

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Leading light of UK potato breeding honoured

George MacKay has won this year’s British Potato Industry Award for his leading role in potato breeding and genetic research over a 40-year career. The award was presented by Potato Council chair Fiona Fell at the biennial Seed Industry Event in Crieff, Perthshire on Tuesday (25 November). Paying tribute to MacKay, she said: “During his career, he has overseen the introduction[Read More…]

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Solynta “Hybrid Potatoes from True Seeds” technology named Dutch National Icon

In the presence of HRH King Willem Alexander, the Dutch Government through Minister Kamp honored Solynta as Dutch National Icon for its breakthrough discovery ”Hybrid Potatoes from True seeds”. King Willem Alexander and Hein Kruyt CEO Solynta “This breakthrough technique makes it possible to grow potatoes from true-seed instead of seed-tubers and makes targeted breeding possible. Valuable traits can now[Read More…]

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Germany: Europlant generates € 131.4 million turnover

Europlant, the German grower and marketer of seed potatoes can look back at a successful fiscal year for 2013/14, reports the German website Europe made a consolidated annual turnover of 131.4 million Euro with its 13 subsidiaries. This means an increase in turnover of 16 percent compared to the previous year. The globally sold amount of seed potatoes increased[Read More…]

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Agreement between GB and Cuba for potato seeds

A recent visit to Scotland by Cuban agricultural officials has led to a revised agreement for the importation of GB seed potatoes. Supported by the unique partnership between Potato Council and Scottish Government to boost export opportunities, senior officials from Cuba’s Agricultural Ministry and Plant Health section travelled to Scotland this month to meet officials from Scottish Government, Science and[Read More…]

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UK: Potato virus warning in home-saved seed

Potential high levels of virus infection in home-saved potato seed means that testing will be crucial ahead of next year’s planting campaign. An early start to the 2014 growing season, coupled with large numbers of the virus-transmitting aphids appearing in young crops, has prompted concerns about high levels of infection being found in seed stocks. Source: See on[Read More…]

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British seed potato exports resurge into Caribbean market

A recent visit to Scotland by Cuban agricultural officials has led to a revised agreement for the importation of GB seed potatoes. Supported by the unique partnership between Potato Council and Scottish Government to boost export opportunities, senior officials from Cuba’s Agricultural Ministry and Plant Health section travelled to Scotland this month to meet officials from Scottish Government, SASA, Fera[Read More…]

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Japan approves MRLs for Emesto Silver potato seed treatment

Japan has established Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Emesto Silver potato seed treatment, according to Bayer CropScience. The recent decision by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare establishes MRLs for prothioconazole, one of the two active ingredients in Emesto Silver. The MRL for penflufen, the other active ingredient, was established previously. Source: See on – Global Potato[Read More…]

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