Stakeholders working within the potato sector in Uganda are confident about the wide adoption of a new bio-engineered late blight resistant potato. Dubbed the â€œ3R Victoriaâ€ potato, the yet to be released International Potato Center (CIP) bred variety could help over 300,000 smallholder farmers in Uganda achieve higher yields at a lower cost with less exposure to chemicals, it is[Read More…]
This eighth annual Market and Trade Review report provides the most detailed analysis of potato production and trade in euros and US dollars available. The 2019 Review includes a section on the world economy and the impact of currencies on trade, as well as detailed data on the volume, value and price of potato and potato product exports and imports,[Read More…]
According to Carrie Huffman Wohleb, Associate Professor and Regional Specialist â€“ Potato, Vegetable, and Seed Crops at Washington State University, physiological age is an important concept in potato production. “The physiological age of seed tubers determines when the buds will sprout and how many sprouts will develop from those buds,” she says. “It affects stem numbers and vine growth. It[Read More…]
France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate, the countryâ€™s health and safety agency said. A first case was confirmed in France [in February] of a virus that can ravage tomato plants.
As sales of baby Golds, Reds and Medley potatoes continue to climb, MountainKing is embarking on an aggressive program to provide its retail partners with turnkey, display-ready options aimed at driving sales of the smaller, pre-sized variety. â€œSmall potatoes are under-promoted and under-merchandised,â€ says John Pope, MountainKing vice president of sales and marketing. â€œWeâ€™re working to change that narrative in[Read More…]
The increase in world potato production stalled in 2018 and failed to recover significantly in 2019. World output slipped by 1.5% to 368.247 million tonnes in 2018 figures just released by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show. However, that was still the third highest total ever after 2017 and 2014. World Potato Congress (WPC) Inc reports.
Itâ€™s that time of year in Aberdeen when the pungent aroma of deep-fried french fries wafts through the hallways of the Marshall building on the campus of the University of Idahoâ€™s Aberdeen Research & Extension Center, Bill Schaefer reports for Farm & Ranch.
The potato is one of the most important crops in Asia, contributing to the food security and incomes of millions of families. Asian farmers produced almost 196 million metric tons of potatoes in 2017â€”about half of the global harvestâ€”and many of those potatoes were bred by scientists at the International Potato Center (CIP).
Ever gone on vacation and forgot to ask someone to water the plants? They might just be screaming for water when you return â€“ literally, screaming, in a register that you, as a human, simply canâ€™t hear. This might sound like science fiction, but according to new evidence, itâ€™s actually science fact.
Beside other agronomic strategies, an adequate supply of macro- and micro-nutrients is of main importance for achieving a desired potato yield, say scientists at the University of Goettingen and K+S KALI GmbH in Germany. The team published a paper in Potato Research, the journal published by the European Association of Potato Research (EAPR), titled The Importance of Nutrient Management for[Read More…]
Early red-skinned potatoes were harvested at a greenhouse in JÃµgeva on Thursday, and scientists will now determine which varieties give the best yield and are most resistant to the negative effects of indoor lighting, ERR News reports. On December 13, five newly developed varieties of red-skinned potatoes were planted in pots in the Estonian Crop Research Institute (Eesti Taimekasvatuse Instituut)[Read More…]
This in-depth and extensive article on the subject of potato fertilization was written by soil and potato specialist and expert, Carl J Rosen, Department Head and Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Prof Rosen wrote that optimum potato growth depends on many management factors, including sufficient supply of nutrients.
The IFA reports that early plantings in Ireland have remained stagnant at large this week as ground conditions remain very wet. Demand and price remain strong for good quality material, particularly Kerr Pinks and Golden Wonders. Little or no progress has been made on stocks remaining in the ground. Growers are reminded to not rule out supplying the peeling market[Read More…]
49% of potato farmers in Ireland see competition from other carbohydrates such as pasta and rice as one of the biggest challenges facing the potato industry. Among the other major challenges to the sector listed wereÂ price, competition from imports and the loss of plant protection products. TheseÂ results came from aÂ poll taken to gauge the feeling in the Irish industry and[Read More…]
The rise in rejected seed potatoes from last seasonâ€™s crop can be blamed on new strains of an old virus, a Maine Potato Board plant pathologist said Tuesday. The Maine Potato Board announced recently that 60 percent more seed potato lots tested in the 2019-2020 Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestryâ€™s annual post-harvest test were rejected than in 2018-2019.[Read More…]
Over the last few years, the area for consumption potatoes has increased by 6.5 % in the 5 leading European potato countries, according to the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers). The organization says in a press release that if there is an increase again this year, combined with an average yield, the balance between demand and supply could lead to[Read More…]
The podcast called â€œEye on Potatoesâ€ has been created by the National Potato Council in the US. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts, it provides an opportunity for growers throughout the country and policy makers in Washington to learn about industry policy priorities. According to Kam Quarles, NPC CEO, “Eye on Potatoes is a terrific way to keep[Read More…]
In this YouTube video, Dick Neale (Hutchinsons Technical Manager in the UK) discusses the impact on soils that cover crops can have by sheltering the soil surface from rainfall – stabilising the surface of the soil, reducing capping and helping water infiltration. The effect of the cover crops used is also examined, particularly the effects from the different root types[Read More…]
[Although this extensive article by Marcel Bruins was originally published by European Seed in 2018, I believe it to be as relevant and topical today as it was then, and I decided to publish a very brief summary of part of it here with a link to the full article. – Lukie] European Seed sat down with some of the[Read More…]
The market for French fries in China is growing rapidly but barriers to entry exist for foreign providers, as Peter Peverelli of just-food.com explains. The potato, a staple of many European nations, has traditionally only had a supporting role in Chinese cuisine. It is known as tudou (literally: ‘earth bean’) in colloquial Chinese, or malingshu (‘horse bell tuber’) in formal[Read More…]
Podcast: Agricultural economist explains the risks and benefits of GMOs and the future of crop biotechnology
Few academics eagerly engage the public on controversial scientific topics, content to quietly focus on their research. Agricultural economist and author Stuart Smyth isnâ€™t among them. No stranger to social media and aÂ frequent contributorÂ to the Genetic Literacy Project, Smyth has consistently worked to translate his detailed books and scholarly publications about crop biotechnology into digestible educational content geared toward a[Read More…]
Itâ€™s called the kitchen sink treatment among the scientists involved in a four-year, 10-state research project analyzing how to replenish depleted soils in potato rotations. Essentially, the researchers throw â€œeverything but the kitchen sinkâ€ into improving soil health in their plots â€” fertilizing with composted dairy manure and planting a crop as â€œgreen manureâ€ between rotation crops. Green manure maintains[Read More…]
In some ways, soil health conferences are like recipe swaps â€” with attendees always on the lookout for a mix of ingredients that will produce better results. One of those recipes presented at the sold-out Western Canada Conference on Soil Health & Grazing last month came from a Colorado potato grower who farms in high-elevation, near-desert conditions and no longer uses chemical inputs. Brendon Rockey calls[Read More…]
Climate change is affecting the health of agricultural soils. Increased heat and drought make life easy for the pathogenic fungus Pythium ultimum. As an international team of researchers led by the Universities of Kassel and Bonn has shown, the fungus causes almost total crop failure in peas after a hot and dry stress event. Short-term soil recovery seems to be[Read More…]
Potatoes are often equated with refined grains due to their carbohydrate content. Yet, potatoes contain fiber, resistant starch, and key micronutrients that Americans need more of in their diet. A randomized crossover study that included 50 generally healthy adults directly compared the nutrient quality and impact on cardiometabolic risk factors of non-fried potatoes to refined grains. The study was conducted[Read More…]