Storage

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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Martin Lishman’s Potato Quality products offer bruise, impact and quality evaluation solutions

“You get an instant result”, “it’s quick and easy”, “it has taken a lot of uncertainty…out of the equation”, are just a few of the positive comments Andrew Branton of W.D. Branton & Willow Tree Potatoes made about the equipment he uses from Martin Lishman’s Potato Quality range of products. An important component of the comprehensively equipped quality control room[Read[Read More…]

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AHDB: Potato storage, CIPC and sprout control update

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in the UK reported on March 8 that a vote was taken on the European Commission’s proposal for non-renewal of Chlorpropham (CIPC) at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed. No Qualified majority was reached in favour of the proposal. The EU Commission can now decide to move the existing proposal[Read[Read More…]

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All about potato storage, CIPC and sprout control

From the AHDB Potatoes team in Britain: We understand that a vote was taken on the Commission’s proposal for non-renewal of Chlorpropham (CIPC) at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed last week. No Qualified majority was reached in favour of the proposal. The EU Commission can now decide to move the existing proposal forward to an Appeal[Read[Read More…]

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Popular potato sprout suppressants CIPC and MH on the menu

Head of Storage Research at AHDB Potatoes in the UK, Adrian Cunnington, discusses 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. You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Eye on CIPC: Top European researchers focus on post-harvest research at upcoming conference

The latest scientific progress in all fields of post-harvest potato research and development will be presented at a conference in Norwich on March 12-14. Hosted by AHDB and Certis, the post-harvest section of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) meeting will focus on the future of long-term storage in the likely absence of sprout suppressant Chlorpropham (CIPC). The programme[Read[Read More…]

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Fresh potato sales somewhat slow in the US, but shippers not worried

Capital Press reports that the amount of potatoes held in storage rose slightly in the past year. USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the 13 major potato-production states held 214 million hundredweight in storage on Feb. 1, up 3 percent from a year earlier. Potatoes in storage accounted for 51 percent of the fall storage states’ 2018 production, unchanged from[Read[Read More…]

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Experts to discuss future of sprout control and potential options

With big changes on the horizon for potato storage in Britain, AHDB experts will be in South Lincs on Wed 13 Feb to talk about the future of sprout control & discuss options for the future. The event will take place from 8:30 – 11:00 at Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire. Programme: 08.30   Arrival and registration: bacon rolls[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato growers battling storage woes

A tough harvest is translating into a challenging storage season for Manitoba potato growers. It’s especially frustrating because growers were looking at a bumper crop, forecast to be the third largest harvest on record. But they were denied that by rains that delayed harvest and hard frosts that hit in mid-October causing ground to freeze as deep as three inches and ultimately[Read[Read More…]

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Climate change impacts Michigan potato chip industry

Michigan is the nation’s largest grower of potatoes for chips — about one in four bags sold in the U.S. is made from Michigan potatoes. Can climate change jeopardize the state’s dominance? Maybe, a new study warns. That’s because warming temperatures will require more ventilation and refrigeration — and thus higher energy bills — to store potatoes after harvesting and[Read[Read More…]

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Mart Produce keeps added value from potato crops at home

Nearly four decades ago, a group of local farms started a company to wash, sort and package fresh potatoes harvested from their fields — keeping more of the dollars gained from the process at home. “It allowed them to own a little bit more of that value chain,” Jason Allen CEO for Mart Produce said. The Mart Group LLC, operating[Read[Read More…]

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India: Bengal to ban cold storage of potatoes prior to March 1

The West Bengal government is set to issue an order restricting cold storages in the State from opening before March 1 for loading potatoes. While the storage period of potatoes usually extends from March 1 to November 30, it is often seen that many cold storages start loading by mid-February. According to Rajesh Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Marketing[Read[Read More…]

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