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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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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