European farmers concerned about looming CIPC ban

According to a report by the Spanish news publication Agrodigital, there are mounting concern among European growers that the commonly used sprout inhibitor Chlorpropham (CIPC) might be banned. CIPC was approved for use on potatoes in longterm storage during the 2018/19 production season, but there is wide concern that it will not be approved for the next storage season. The[Read[Read More…]

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Strong demand for potatoes pushing prices higher, says Wisconsin and Idaho growers

Domestic supplies of potatoes in the US are tight and prices are slightly up. “It’s pretty tight in Wisconsin given the harvest we had. We had a really challenging growing season and an even more challenging harvest season, so supplies are down,” says Andy Diercks of Coloma Farms, Inc. in Coloma, Wi. “What’s available for supplies on the fresh side[Read[Read More…]

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Tong announces new next generation Barrel Washer

Tong Engineering has announced its next generation Barrel Washer as the company continues to advance its complete range of vegetable washing solutions. Built with efficiency, reliability and ease of maintenance in mind, Tong’s proven barrel washer design has been enhanced with a number of new and advanced features as standard. Tong’s Blue Inverter Technology continues to play a pivotal role[Read[Read More…]

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Specialists suggest strategies for managing frost-damaged potato tubers

In the December issue of the Badger Common’Tater magazine out of Wisconsin in the US, an article is featured in which specialists Paul Bethke and Troy Fishler tackle the matter of frost-damaged potatoes. Bethke is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Horticulture, and Fishler is research manager, Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility,[Read[Read More…]

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Tong showcases equipment advances at LAMMA 2019

Leading vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, is once again exhibiting at the UK’s largest farm machinery show LAMMA, and this time at the event’s new location, the NEC Birmingham, on stand 8.600 in Hall 8. Further to recent advancements and developments in the company’s wide range of potato and vegetable washing, grading and handling equipment, which have most recently[Read[Read More…]

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Tolsma-Grisnich Group announces full ownership of Farm Electronics in the UK

In June 2016, the Tolsma-Grisnich Group acquired a controlling interest in British based Farm Electronics Ltd. The parties have agreed that Tolsma-Grisnich will acquire full ownership of Farm Electronics effective 1 January 2019. Substantial investments have been made in Farm Electronics since the controlling interest was acquired. The purpose of this was to future-proof Farm Electronics, ensuring that Tim Dudfield[Read[Read More…]

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Coming to terms with Fusarium dry rot in potato storages

Potato specialists in the US recently published an information fact sheet on Fusarium dry rot in potato storages in which they provide practical tips on how potato growers can deal with this all too familiar problem that is no doubt known to many potato growers in North America. The bulletin was published in the Northwest Potato Research Consortium’s newsletter Potato[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Many PEI potato suppliers haven’t started packing yet

Potato growers and shippers in Prince Edward Island are holding back on packing as they wait to assess their crops after frost back in September. The frost came earlier than usual while the potatoes were still in the ground. As a result, supplies are very tight and will be so for the foreseeable future. “Potato supplies are very tight right[Read[Read More…]

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Potato storage: Specialist suggests options

It happens every harvest – you look at your potato storage capacity and wonder, “Do I have enough – is it time to expand?” Says Chad Kleisinger, potato storage specialist at Meridan: “When you decide it is time to increase or update your storage facilities, your first question will most likely be: Where do I start?” Here are some beginning[Read[Read More…]

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Refrigeration company presents ‘mechanical refrigeration’ of potato storage facilities

For a long time, the agricultural sector depended on outside air for drying and cooling crops. Due to climate changes, arable farmers are no longer able to get their products through the winter without compromising on quality. ENGIE Refrigeration says it has developed a storage system with entirely mechanical refrigeration, which allows maintaining the same storage conditions throughout the year.[Read[Read More…]

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Novel insulation coating material for potato storages and 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), thin insulation coating works like the ‚Low E‘ window concept, where thin oxide coatings diffuse infrared radiation. According to Richard Stratton, founder and Managing Director of Advanced Coating Solutions, “we[Read[Read More…]

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How to remove CIPC residue from potato storage buildings?

Chlorpropham (or CIPC) is widely used as a sprout suppressing agro-chemical applied to stored potatoes. CIPC has been in use for more than 50 years. Today, various safety issues and concerns have surfaced primarily due to continuous and long-term use of CIPC. While the use of CIPC is strictly regulated in some countries, it is expected to be banned in[Read[Read More…]

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Wyma and Volm to showcase post-harvest equipment at PMA Fresh Summit

The annual PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo gets underway tomorrow, October 19 and will run for two days. Wyma is exhibiting from Booth 3643 at the event’s largest ever expo on record, where its Territory Manager from The Americas, Stuart Oldham will be on hand to talk over the Wyma range of post-harvest equipment and solutions. Wyma is a global company, headquartered in New Zealand, and[Read[Read More…]

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Taking potato storage seriously pays dividends

British potato growers are being advised by AHDB Potatoes to put as much effort into storage planning as they do into the rest of the growing season. Ewan Stark, Director of Taygrow, delivered the message at a recent AHDB potato storage event held in Perth. This message was echoed by storage experts from AHDB’s Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research facility who have been[Read[Read More…]

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Diquat doomed: The loss of this important desiccant in Europe

Despite significant dissent from some Member States, a recent ‘no opinion’ position in a Brussels Appeal Committee reviewing proposals for the non-renewal of approval for diquat (Reglone) looks set to result in the loss of this important desiccant next year. This is according to information published in the latest AHDB Storage Bulletin in the UK. In the Appeal Committee, a[Read[Read More…]

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10 ways to improve potato storage management

Storage is a crucial part of the potato production cycle, helping growers meet the demand for their crops throughout the year, but if carried out poorly it can be economically disastrous. About 3.25m tonnes of British potatoes are stored every year and crops can spend as long in the store as they do in the ground. Done well, potatoes will come out of store[Read[Read More…]

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Key factors to successful storage and preventing common potato diseases

According to Industrial Ventilation Inc (IVI), a storage technology company based in Idaho, the two critical environmental factors involved in properly storing potatoes and preventing common potato diseases are temperature and humidity. Adequate and unrestricted air movement is also necessary to maintain constant temperature and humidity throughout the storage pile—and to prevent excessive shrinkage from moisture loss and decay. Several factors influence[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Newtec potato grader simultaneously sorts by quality, size and shape

David Main, biologist at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada on Prince Edward Island, is evaluating a new potato grader for potatoes this year. The machine is a Celox-P-UHD from Newtec. Main says a number of potato growers on Prince Edward Island are using Newtec’s Celox sorting machines now. The grader is designed to sort potatoes by size, shape and quality in a single-stage[Read[Read More…]

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Tiny but effective: Researchers developed new nano-material as potato sprout inhibitor

In a research paper published recently online in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, scientists from Hefei Institute of Physical Science in China claim they have developed a nano-material that inhibits the sprouting of potatoes. The material is named “hydrophobic nano silica” (H-SiO2) and was developed through the modification of nano silica by amino silicon oil (ASO) – and then applied[Read[Read More…]

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Potato store management is ‘a complex process,’ says author of new guide for store managers

A digital version of the Third Edition of the Store Manager’s Guide is now available and can be downloaded as a pdf file from the AHDB Potatoes website in the UK (a print version will be available in autumn 2018). The Guide was written by Adrian Cunnington, Head of Crop Storage Research at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. Cunnington writes in the[Read[Read More…]

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Upcoming AHDB Potatoes event to showcase newest post harvest and storage technologies

AHDB Potatoes and Agri-Tech East are are jointly hosting an event this coming Wednesday 20 June to showcase some of the newest technologies and innovations in post-harvest management and storage. The meeting will be hosted at the Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, Lincs. From rapid refrigeration to seed cleaning, and from electronic noses to automated environmental control systems, good post-harvest[Read[Read More…]

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Breath of Life: How to optimize ventilation in potato storage facilities

“Potatoes in storage are living. It is the job of the storage manager to ensure the crop sustains that life,” writes storage specialist Duane Gorman in the Potatoes in Canada magazine. He points out that after a final holding temperature is achieved in storage, it is important to ventilate properly in order to manage the byproducts of respiration, ensure a[Read[Read More…]

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Blackheart and senescent sweetening: Two serious physiological issues with potato tubers during storage

In the latest issue of AHDB Potatoes’ regular Storage Bulletin, it is noted that potato tubers are living organisms that go through a number of physiological processes during storage, such as respiration and dormancy. These processes are affected by a variety of factors, which determine the quality of your potatoes and their resulting value in your market of choice. It[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho dome manufacturer building potato structures across the world

In 1967, Barry South and his brothers David and Randy came up with an idea for a business that changed the shape of potato cellars for some eastern Idaho growers — they wanted to construct domes. The inspiration for the idea, however, might be an even bigger surprise. “This guy made him a mountain cabin out of spraying polyurethane on a weather balloon,” South[Read[Read More…]

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Potato storage builders offer exclusive advice

What factors can help potato improve storage conditions and reducing loss as much as possible? Potato Business Digital spoke with specialists from Tolsma and Agrovent to find out. When designing a new cold storage one should think about the following things, Jan van Maldegem, marketing manager at Tolsma-Grisnich, explains that different varieties with different storage temperatures (for example creating independent[Read[Read More…]

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