Storage

Restrain makes ethylene equipment available for free

Restrain, manufacturer and distributor of ethylene gas systems for potato storages, announced that the company is now providing its equipment free of charge for the use of interested potato storage managers. The only costs involved will be the Restrain sensor at € 195 and consumption of Restrain ethanol.

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The impact of the ban on CIPC use on potato export: A Dutch perspective

The ban on the sprout inhibitor, chlorpropham (CIPC), is causing much controversy in the European potato industry. In an article by Martine van der Wekken of FreshPlaza, the author writes that the discontinuation of the use of CIPC could lead to significant issues, especially for Dutch potato exports to far-away destinations, when these products have to remain in containers for about two weeks or even longer during transit.

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AHDB to launch tenders for future outsourcing of storage research

The AHDB Potatoes Board in the UK has been considering the long term future and succession plan for potato storage research in Britain. In a news report issued today, AHDB says “the board wants to ensure that we have continued access to the best people and ideas to deliver what the industry needs. We have recently concluded a process of market engagement with agri-science research institutions. The exercise has shown that there are a number of organisations interested in playing a more active role in storage research in the future.”

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Taking a look at storage costings after CIPC

The removal of CIPC next season has pushed the burden onto other tools in the box. However, how cost effective these treatments are at current market prices is a question on many people’s mind. In this article, analysts at AHDB Potatoes in the UK have estimated a total storage cost per tonne for different sprout suppressant regimes over an 8-month period.

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Potato storage to be the focus of new endowed research professorship at Univ of Idaho

University of Idaho efforts to improve potato storage technology will benefit from a $1 million investment to create an endowed research professorship made possible by alumni Wayne and Peggy Thiessen and the Idaho Potato Commission. The Wayne Thiessen Potato Research Professorship will honor Wayne’s career in Idaho’s potato industry and the Thiessens’ longtime support of their alma mater. The commission is[Read More…]

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CIPC ban: European potato sector is facing a major challenge – Belgapom

The European Commission has decided that the potato sprout inhibitor chlorpropham (CIPC) is no longer allowed to be applied to potatoes in storage from January 1st this year. The entire European potato sector is therefore facing a challenge, according to industry experts. “In Belgium, it is mainly potato processing and exports that are affected by the ban, since the measure[Read More…]

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Manufacturer of novel insulation coating material eyes potato storages and potato processing facilities

Advanced Coating Solutions, headquartered in Kirkland, WA in the US produces a thin insulation coating material that works by blocking heat transfer. Instead of using mass to work as a heat sink and absorb heat (fiberglass), the thin insulation coating works like the ‘Low E’ window concept, where thin oxide coatings diffuse infrared radiation. According to Richard Stratton, founder and[Read More…]

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Canada: Another winter of headaches for Manitoba potato growers

Manitoba potato growers are facing the inevitable result of a second extremely challenging digging season â€” elevated losses in storage. Wet weather in September and early October kept producers out of the fields, while a three-day snowstorm over the Thanksgiving weekend dropped upwards of 75 centimetres of snow in areas of south-central Manitoba, followed by yet more precipitation. Just 60 to 65[Read More…]

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Potatoes South Australia and industry band together to send wooden bins to fire ravaged Kangaroo Island

In response to the horrific bushfires on Kangaroo Island, Potatoes South Australia Inc has come up with some very practical assistance. Saddened by the devastating impact of the bushfires local farming communities in many parts of Australia, the unprecedented fires that have ravaged more than one third of Kangaroo Island are of particular concern for its members, stakeholders and their[Read More…]

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Advice on how to reduce CIPC residue levels with store cleaning

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group (PICSG) has warned potato growers and buyers against applying sprout suppressant Chlorpropham (CIPC) at 2020 store loading. The popular active, previously used on over 90 per cent of the circa 3.5 million tonnes of potatoes stored in Britain, had its approval for use withdrawn by the European Commission on 8 January. The maximum ‘use-up’[Read More…]

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Potato association: 'Ukraine lacks 1.2 mln tonnes of potato storage capacity'

(Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine today has a total potato storage capacity of 300,000 tonnes. The minimum required capacity to meet domestic needs is to store 1.5 million tonnes, according to the Director of the Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers Oksana Ruzhenkova. “Today, Ukraine has 300,000 tonnes of potato storage facilities. Over the past five years, 350,000 tonnes of storage facilities have[Read More…]

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European potato storage: 'If you fog them, you can't flog them'

A warning has been issued to potato store managers not to apply the sprouting suppressant, chlorpropham, on crops going in to store in 2020. The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group (PICSG) said the popular active, previously used on more than 90% of the 3.5m tonnes of potatoes stored in Britain, had withdrawal removed by the European Commission on January 8.[Read More…]

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UK potato businesses urged to ditch CIPC ahead of use-up date

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group (PICSG) has warned potato growers and buyers against applying sprout suppressant Chlorpropham (CIPC) at 2020 store loading. The popular active, previously used on over 90% of the 3.5 million tonnes of potatoes stored in Britain, had its approval for use withdrawn by the European Commission on January 8. The maximum ‘use-up’ period of nine months[Read More…]

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Tolsma-Grisnich's Vision Control: the heart of your storage

Vision Control is Tolsma-Grisnich’s intelligent storage computer. On the basis of parameters such as RH, temperature, CO2 and product moisture content it controls the storage conditions and cooling. Result: the highest achievable storage efficiency. Be sure to find out more about the three smart modules: Weather in Control, which also takes account of weather forecasts. Energy management, which optimises the[Read More…]

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Volm's European partner Manter merges with Solidtec

Volm Companies, Inc., an industry leader in providing the highest quality packaging and equipment solutions to the fresh produce industry, has announced that its partner, Manter International B.V. of Emmen in the Netherlands, has acquired shares in Solidtec BV.  Solidtec, based in Dronten in the Netherlands, has been manufacturing gantry style palletizing systems for fresh produce and other markets since[Read More…]

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Optimising combinations and timings could be answer to loss of CIPC

With a new decade of challenges and opportunities ahead in the potato sector, the 30th Cambridge University Potato Growers Research Association (CUPGRA) conference at Robinson College in the UK focused on building business resilience. By using combinations of existing sprout suppressant technology and new physiologically-targeted treatments, the possibility to achieve equivalent results to chlorpropham (CIPC) is ‘within reach’, a new study[Read More…]

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Going Dutch: Potato store managers in Britain will need to split the sprout suppression load next year

Store managers may need to consider beyond the direct costs of the remaining approved sprout suppressants and towards adjusting store management strategies to keep the number of applications to a minimum,  and therefore helping to keep costs down, according to a recent news release issued by AHDB in the UK. As sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) will not have its licence[Read More…]

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European ban on CIPC poses a problem for potato storage

The European potato sector will face a significant challenge in the 2020/2021 storage season. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released a report about Chlorpropham (CIPC). As a result, the European Union (EU) has decided to prohibit the use of this substance. This means that it may no longer be used as, among other things, a potato sprout inhibitor. This[Read More…]

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US potato stocks down 4 percent from December 2018

According to a USDA report issued this week, the major potato States held 267 million cwt of potatoes in storage December 1, 2019, down 4 percent from December 1, 2018 for comparable States. Potatoes in storage accounted for 63 percent of the States’ 2019 production. For comparable States, potatoes in storage accounted for 67 percent of the States’ 2019 production,[Read More…]

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How to avoid “CIPC legacy” residue breaches in potato stores

Potato growers in the UK using sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) will need to thoroughly clean stores after the 2019 crop is unloaded next summer to lower the risk of residue exceedances after the active is withdrawn. Plant growth regulator CIPC is the potato industry’s go-to method of controlling sprouting in store and has been in commercial use since the 1960s.[Read More…]

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Non-renewal of CIPC in Europe leaves room for other sprout suppression methods

The non-renewal of CIPC in the European market has left a huge gap in the potato storage sprout suppression market and growers are urgently looking for alternatives for their potato crops. Being aware of the potential for CIPC’s non-renewal, Restrain lead by Global Sales Director Dirk Garos, made significant investments in the business, enabling the company to increase its manufacturing[Read More…]

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Cold storages, warehouses to boost potato farming in Kenya

Potato farmers are set to benefit from cold storage facilities and warehouses to be constructed by TingA, East Africa’s largest tractor sharing platform, according to a report by The Star.  The firm has announced a plan to build facilities in 25 counties partnership with various stakeholders. Currently, plans are underway to construct the first cold storage in Narok at a[Read More…]

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