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Lamb Weston sees strong second-quarter sales volume growth

Improved sales volumes in Lamb Weston, Inc.’s Global and Foodservice business units propelled the potato processor’s net income up 18% during the second quarter of fiscal 2020, according to a report by Baking Business. Net income for the quarter ended Nov. 24, 2019, totaled $140.4 million, equal to 96c per share on the common stock. It was an increase when[Read More…]

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Earliest roasted root vegetables, similar to modern potatoes, found in 170,000-year-old cave dirt

Charred fragments found in 170,000-year-old ashes in a cave in southern Africa are the earliest roasted root vegetables yet found. The finding suggest the real â€œpaleo diet” included lots of roasted vegetables rich in carbohydrates, similar to modern potatoes. “I think people were eating a very balanced diet, a combination of carbohydrates and proteins,” says team leader Lyn Wadley of the University of[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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Crop management study recommends 3-year rotations for potato production systems

Building and maintaining soil health is essential to agricultural sustainability, long-term productivity, and economic viability. Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living system that supports biological productivity, to maintain environmental quality, and to promote plant, animal, and human health. Understanding how to maintain soil health is especially important, as agricultural production[Read More…]

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Potandon’s Gabriel Boldt talks about the current ‘state of the pile’ for potatoes

From planting time through harvest, 2019 presented some difficult challenges for growers for potatoes and many other crops in the state of Idaho and across the country, according to Gabriel Boldt, potato variety operations manager at Potandon Produce LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, the nation’s largest shipper of table stock potatoes. This year, “the whole United States has been affected[Read More…]

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Analyst Insight: How tight does the British potato market look?

This autumn has been the wettest across England since 2000 and the fifth wettest on record. These conditions have hampered lifting across GB, with progress particularly slow in Yorkshire and the North of England. What impact might this have on supply levels for the coming season? Much depends on the sector, as Aidan Wright, Analyst at AHDB explains in this[Read More…]

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Potato-growing trial in the UK uncovers big savings

Potato growers with AHDB’s Farm Excellence Network in the UK have found a way of saving over £65 per hectare in production costs while increasing yield. Their findings come after a three-year trial programme for the network, and were revealed last week at Guardswell Farm for the Strategic Potato Farm Scotland Results Day. By reducing their cultivation process, as well[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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Brief overview of the health benefits of potatoes

A potato is one vegetable which is available in abundance throughout the year in many countries around the world. It is usually cheap. Potatoes are not only tasty and enjoyed best as a fry, but it has several health benefits as well. In this article published by Republic World, writer Shrishaila Bhandary  provide a brief list of the known and proven health[Read More…]

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China: Nice weather boosts struggling potato industry

According to a recent GAIN report (USDA), potato farmers in China are expected to reap a bumper harvest, with fresh potato production increasing by 5 percent year on year in marketing year 2019/20. Favorable weather in key growing regions will boost China’s processed potato production, particularly in the fast-growing area of frozen french fries. China’s additional tariffs on U.S. processed[Read More…]

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James Hutton Institute: Boosting potato breeding for PCN resistance by application of modern technologies

Potato cyst nematodes (PCN), and the species of Globodera pallida in particular, have been spreading steadily across the UK over the past recent decades, posing significant threats to the sustainability of the potato industry, especially the seed potato industry, in Scotland. Despite both statutory and agronomic counter measures (primarily rotations and the use of nematicides) that have been taken, the increasing prevalence[Read More…]

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Weather issues affect US potato crops

Weather issues during the 2019 growing and harvest season had potato prices soaring during the pre-holiday period, with little change expected after the first of the year, marketers said. A hard freeze swept into Idaho in October and affected some of the crop, although most spuds across the state had come out of the ground by then, said Ross Johnson,[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland potato harvest: Unfinished business as up to 10% remains underground

As much as 10% of Northern Ireland’s potato crop still remains in the ground, according to the latest grower-survey carried out by one of the region’s biggest potato packers. “2019 has been a trying year for growers. Crops were planted out in challenging conditions,” Wilson’s Country Ltd managing director Lewis Cunningham said. “A very dry spell followed, which hampered growth rates.[Read More…]

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New tool to detect blackleg disease in potato has widespread application

Potatoes are important. They rank fourth among the world’s staple crops. In the United States, they are grown commercially in 30 states and valued at $4 billion annually. Potatoes are also susceptible to 160 different fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases, such as blackleg and soft rot diseases, which are caused by the bacterium Dickeya dianthicola. In 2015, an aggressive outbreak of[Read More…]

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UK: Nematicide Stewardship Programme recognised with a new gong at potato awards

THE potato industry’s efforts to husband the use of nematicides has been recognised with a major new award. The Nematicide Stewardship Programme (NSP) has been given a pat on the back by receiving an environmental award at the first ever National Potato Industry Awards, held in Harrogate. Patrick Mitton, chair of the group, said there has been considerable commitment to[Read More…]

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Biodegradable spray helps battle crop pathogens

A new sprayable bioplastic—made of cornstarch and other natural ingredients—offers potential as an effective method for delivering beneficial microbes to fight aflatoxins and other agricultural pathogens and pests. Aflatoxins are highly toxic substances produced by many species of Aspergillus fungi. Aflatoxins can contaminate corn, peanuts, cotton, and other crops, and at high doses they threaten the health of people, pets, fish, livestock,[Read More…]

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Research: A quick and efficient hydroponic potato infection method for evaluating potato resistance and Ralstonia solanacearum virulence

Researchers say that potato, the third most important crop worldwide, plays a critical role in human food security. But, brown rot, one of the most destructive potato diseases caused by Ralstonia solanacearum, results in huge economic losses every year. A quick, stable, low cost and high throughout method is required to meet the demands of identification of germplasm resistance to bacterial[Read More…]

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USDA report: Potatoes, America’s top vegetable choice

If mashed potatoes wee on your Thanksgiving menu, you were not alone. Potatoes rank number one among vegetables in terms of consumption in the US. In 2017, 49.2 pounds of fresh and processed potatoes per person were available for Americans to eat after adjusting for losses, according to the USDA’s (ERS) loss-adjusted food availability data. The loss-adjusted food availability data[Read More…]

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Potato consumption as effective as carbohydrate gels for athletes: Study

Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, a new study suggests. “The research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise and improves exercise performance,” said study’s lead author Nicholas Burd, Professor at the[Read More…]

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Canada: Manitoba company converts spuds into supplement that is being studied for its health benefits

An apple a day is all fine and good. But what about a potato? Or more precisely, a raw potato to fight chronic kidney disease. That’s at the heart of a soon-to-be-launched clinical trial of a made-in-Manitoba dietary supplement consisting of what’s called a resistant starch. The initiative comes out of one of the world’s leading centres for chronic kidney[Read More…]

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Weather hits British potatoes hard

Recently published figures from AHDB Potatoes confirm that, despite the wettest harvest year since 2012 and the third worst autumn on record, GB growers were able to successfully battle through and lift up to 89% of the 2019 potato harvest. However, whilst the AHDB headline appears positive, the picture is very different across potato sectors and regions. GB potato processors[Read More…]

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