Storage

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used on over 90 per cent of the circa 3.5 million tonnes of potatoes stored in Britain, had its approval for use withdrawn by the European Commission on 8 January.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active, previously used on over 90% of the 3.5 million tonnes of potatoes stored in Britain, had its approval for use withdrawn by the European Commission on January 8.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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Event: Storing potatoes in Ireland after CIPC ban

As chlorpropham (CIPC) faces the chop, potato farmers must now find an alternative product to use in the storage of their product. On Thursday, September 12, Haggard Stores will host a potato storage workshop dealing with “all topics relating to potato storage and the introduction of 1,4 Sight sprout suppressant. Any potato growers are welcome to attend. The event is taking[Read More…]

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Restrain Company announces job opportunities in Europe

Restrain Company offers business solutions for the maintenance of low level ethylene gas in potato and onion storages, as well as tomato ripening on the vine. The company currently operates in 36 countries. Restrain says on its website that the company’s core business is the supply and lease of Restrain in-house built equipment to customers such as potato processors and growers.[Read More…]

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US potato industry concerned that Europe failed to renew CIPC

Idaho potato industry leaders fear they may be adversely affected by Europe’s recent decision not to renew certification of CIPC – a chemical used globally to inhibit tubers from sprouting in storage. Chloropropham, also known as CIPC, is the world’s most popular potato sprout inhibitor, applied by farmers since 1952. It’s also been used as a plant growth regulator and[Read More…]

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Tong Engineering’s Caretaker sorter now includes advanced optical sorting feature for dirty crops

Since Tong Engineering launched the option of integrated optical sorting within its market leading grading machine, the Caretaker, in 2016, the inclusion of advanced optical sorting on dirty grading systems has proved to be a very welcome addition. Introduced to offer potato and vegetable growers and processors automated optical sorting of dirty crop, Tong has been offering the option within[Read More…]

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German company says it holds the solution to potato greening

The toxins solanin and chaconin are responsible for the “greening” of potato tubers. This makes the tubers not only unsightly and unsuitable for the trade, but inedible as well, because the glycoalkaloids solanine and chaconin are toxic to humans.  Based on intensive studies and practical experience, German based Conpower has been manufacturing special luminaires for the potato industry for nearly[Read More…]

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Tolsma Australia hosts potato storage information day

On July 25, 2019 Tolsma Australia ran an informal potato storage information day at Terry Buckley’s Farm just outside Mount Gamiber in South Australia. Growers from around the regin gathered to discuss how we should store potatoes in Australia and tour Terry’s Tolsma store. Furthermore Allan Greenhalgh, Director Tolsma Australia and Maarten van Delden, Sales Director gave an interesting presentation on[Read More…]

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Investigation into dumping 890 metric tons of potatoes in Sri Lanka

Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha De Silva says a formal investigation is underway into the discarding of 890 metric tons of potatoes purchased from the upcountry farmers during the 52-day unconstitutional government in 2018. The 890 metric tons of potatoes bought by the state from the farmers at a cost of over Rs. 83 million have[Read More…]

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UK: Potato storage strategies without CIPC

Although the use-up period for CIPC is currently unclear, this autumn/winter is likely to be the last when it can be used to treat potatoes in store in the UK. If CIPC were to be used next autumn, it could cause significant stewardship issues due to its persistence, said Adrian Cunnington, head of crop storage research at Sutton Bridge Crop[Read More…]

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Potato storage technology training explained

Extensive groups of arable farmers have gathered in Emmeloord and Steenbergen in the Netherlands over recent weeks to attend the storage technology training course for Tolsma Vision Control systems.  It appears evident that the beneficial cultivation results from the growing season must not go to waste and, in that respect, proper storage and energy management is of enormous importance. According[Read More…]

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Tong Engineering announced new potato box filler

Tong Engineering has announced a new twin-head box filler which is minimising labour requirements and almost tripling throughput for an established seed potato processor in Tasmania. Built to combine high capacity and gentle box filling, with reduced forklift movements for maximum efficiency, the new MonstaFill box filler is the latest in a series of new product developments from Tong Engineering.[Read More…]

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