Storage

Scottish spuds ‘save the day’ following drought in England

The latest potato stock statistics from 500 potato growers nationwide show Scottish growers hold 34% of Britain’s total stocks, up markedly from 25% at the previous count, reports The Courier. Scottish potatoes are becoming increasingly important to maintaining supply across the UK after prolonged droughts in England in 2018 resulted in lower yields.Scotland avoided the worst of last year’s drought[Read[Read More…]

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UK: AHDB Potatoes funds one-to-one storage advice

AHDB in the UK has reportedly launched its new “Storage Network”, said to be part of an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage. Potato store managers from levy-paying businesses will be able to call on the network for a site visit and one-to-one advice, delivered by independent advisors who have received training and information from AHDB experts. This[Read[Read More…]

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BASF, Kenya sign $6mil deal for potato cooling facility

The government of Kenya has reportedly signed a US$6m deal with BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical companies, as well as IPR Consulting Establishment in Kenya – to develop a potato cooling storage facility in Nyandarua county in Kenya. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Francis Kimemia, Nyandarua Governor, said the establishment of the facility is aimed at reducing post-harvesting losses[Read[Read More…]

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British potato storage solutions company on the move

A company which designs and installs crop storage controllers for the potato production industry has moved to a new base after securing a £235,000 commercial mortgage from HSBC UK. Norfolk-based Crop Systems has moved from an outdoor farm in Gimingham to indoor premises in Happisburgh. Ray Andrews, managing director of Crop Systems Ltd, said: “Crop Systems has an incredibly talented[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Tackling the CIPC loss challenge

An EU Appeals Committee voted on the future of potato sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) in April, but was unable to reach a decision. According to Dr Chris Hartfield, NFU senior regulatory affairs adviser, the European Commission now has the power to proceed with the non-renewal of approval of CIPC, which it had proposed, and is highly likely to do so,[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian potato storage holdings lowest in five years

Canadian potato storage holdings, with includes all sectors, are the lowest of the last five years, according to the United Potato Growers of Canada’s update on April 1. Potatoes in Canada reports that potato storage holdings are down 11 per cent from where they were in April 2018. Some of the biggest declines are seen in provinces that suffered tough[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Manitoba’s potato sector not stressing on seed, despite tight supplies

Manitoba Co-operator reports that Manitoba’s potato sector is gearing up to supply an expanding industry but seed supplies will be tight after a tough harvest last season. J.R. Simplot’s $460-million expansion of its Portage la Prairie plant is expected to double the operation’s need for tubers when it comes online this fall. Why it matters: Manitoba’s potato sector is in[Read[Read More…]

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British store operators ‘ill-informed on energy use’

Many potato store operators could make significant savings in energy costs if they obtained more usage data to make informed decisions, according to Ray Andrews of Crop Systems Limited in the UK. During an interview with Potato Review magazine, he said: “I don’t think many operators realise how much energy prices vary, or how frequently in any 24-hour period they[Read[Read More…]

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Potato storage crisis in Pakistan

Storage capacity is a subject of confusion rather than planning, according to Chaudhry Maqsood Jutt, President of the Potato, Vegetable and Fruit Growers Cooperative Society in Pakistan. He says the Pakistani government does not have credible figures of total crop area, crop production or storage. For example, the provincial government insists that potato production is at 4.3 million tonnes. The[Read[Read More…]

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The Seed Potato Story: What goes on behind closed doors

During the winter months the shed doors are firmly closed and all is quiet. However, when you take a look inside you’ll find Dutch seed potato farmers are picking the fruit of their labour. In the video below, you get to see the full seed potato journey on a specialised seed potato farm in the Dutch growing region ‘Wieringermeer’. After[Read More…]

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Great Britain’s potato stocks estimated 26% down on last year

Aidan Wright, Analyst at AHDB Potatoes in the UK reports that GB grower-held potato stocks at the end of March 2019 are estimated at 0.98Mt, a fall of 26% (353Kt) on last year and 13% (148kt) below the five season average (2013-2018). Despite a smaller crop this season, stocks remain higher than at the same point in 2012/13 (+162Kt) and are[Read[Read More…]

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EU fails to reach decision on CIPC withdrawal; AHDB in the UK offers support to growers

This past Friday, AHDB in the UK issued a statement titled “CIPC decision looms – here’s how you can access support”, published on its website. AHDB states: “We understand that on 11 April 2019 the European Union’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General Appeal Committee could not reach a sufficient majority to support the European Food Standard Agency’s (EFSA’s) recommendation to[Read[Read More…]

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Potato storage trends in the UK: CIPC and Sprout Control Update

The Head of Storage Research at Sutton Bridge Storage Research in the UK, Adrian Cunnington, recently discussed the current political and regulatory situation around popular sprout suppressants CIPC and MH with AHDB Potatoes Director Rob Clayton. The discussion includes a review of currently available sprout control options, and what might be available in the future. Watch the video below -[Read[Read More…]

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Upcoming World Potato Congress webinar to focus on seed potato handling from storage to planting

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is pleased to be offering its third webinar in its 2019 series with Dr. Gary Secor. Dr. Secor is a world renowned potato specialist and Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Dr. Secor’s webinar presentation Best Management Practices for Seed Potato Handling from Storage[Read More…]

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How to stop sprouting in potato stores without CIPC

With alternative sprout control options limited or unviable in the short term, the loss of CIPC will require growers to consider a more integrated approach to long-term potato storage. It is estimated that 80% of CIPC application in the UK is to stored potato crops and applied as a hot fog, it has provided a cheap and effective means of[Read[Read More…]

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Practical guides on investing in a post-harvest processing line; prevention of potato bruising

If you are considering investing in a post-harvest processing line, the information included in this guide should make the process easier. It is not overly exhaustive, but will help you understand the process so you can find the perfect solution for your business. The Guide is published by Wyma, processing solutions company based in New Zealand with dealerships around the[Read[Read More…]

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Tong unveils new field- and packhouse solutions

Tong Engineering, UK manufacturer of advanced potato and vegetable handling equipment, announced international expansion last year with the opening of a new Tong USA spares, service and sales facility based in Fremont, Michigan. This venture comes as part of the company’s wider export strategy and will make Tong’s complete range of equipment even more accessible to the USA potato and[Read[Read More…]

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