A poor potato farmer in the Andes is one of the few guardians responsible for sustaining biodiversity critical to humanity. This video tells the story of Julio Hancco 14,600ft above sea level in the Peruvian Andes. This film contrasts the humble life of a poor Peruvian farmer with the global significance of his traditions.
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…]
Eagle Eye Produce, based in Idaho in the US, compiled over 6 months of footage to show the entire potato production process. “We feel it is extremely important for people to understand where their food comes from and to see the hard work and dedication that goes into it,” the company says on its website. “Every harvest season each of[Read[Read More…]
The P.E.I. Potato Board is rolling out a series of short videos designed to give people a peek into where Prince Edward Island potatoes come from. The seven vignettes are a spin-off of an advertising campaign the board launched in 2017, with the tagline: It takes an Island. Mark Phillips, marketing specialist at theÂ board, said the original TV commercial, and[Read More…]
Dutch Potato Starch cooperative Avebe can now call itself ‘Royal’. In honour of its 100 years anniversary on November 11, the Dutch King, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, awarded Avebe the so-called “Royal Warrant”. At a festive gathering on November 14, RenÃ© Paas, the Commissioner of the King in the Province of Groningen, presented the Royal Warrant to Bert Jansen, Chairman[Read More…]
In this video you will see some amazing machines. As for potatoes, you will see the DEWULF RQA 3060 self propelled potato harvester in action. The video can also be viewed on YouTube where you will find links to websites about these machines. The list of machines: 1. Drainage technique: applied without having to dig a trench by means of[Read More…]
The video below provides a glimpse at the process of growing, packing, and shipping potatoes at Green Thumb Farms in Maine in the US. Green Thumb FarmsÂ grows potatoes, corn, and beans, farming on 2000 acres of rich Saco River Valley in Western Maine since 1965. The video below can also be viewed on YouTube here.
It has been a difficult, wet, and cold harvest this year. Farmers throughout North America faced many setbacks in their operations, says the folks at Spudnik. We are grateful for their hard work and perseverance through the season. Thank you to all of our customers and growers internationally. The video below can also be viewed on YouTube here.
BuzzFeed News launched a new show on Facebook Watch on Monday, That Literally Happened, which revisits some of the most notorious events and trends of the 90s. The first episode digs into one of the era’s most notorious political gaffes: the time former vice president Dan Quayle misspelled potato. Yep. Potato. For those who don’t remember, on June 15, 1992, Dan Quayle[Read More…]
The AHDB Export team have been out in force representing the British potato industry at Potato Europe 2019 in Belgium this month (September 2019). Representatives from around the world visited Kain, near Tournai, on 4 and 5 September to network with professionals from across the supply chain. On the AHDB stand were organic seed growers, Skea Organics, ware potato specialists[Read More…]
The most popular potato preparation in America is the French fry. Thatâ€™s according to an analysis of food ordering data between January 2018 and July 2019 by DoorDash, Americaâ€™s largest food delivery service (and the worldâ€™s second-largest, after Uber Eats). Now that DoorDash is delivering from McDonaldâ€™s, famous for its fries, maybe the quantity ordered will rise even higher. This is how long[Read[Read More…]
In the 1500â€™s when Spanish conquistadors arrived, they encountered the potato and brought it to Europe. Today itâ€™s grown almost everywhere and considered a top food staple along with rice, corn and wheat. Correspondent Dan Collyns traveled to Potato Park in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to get the lowdown on this versatile vegetable. By the year 2050, the[Read[Read More…]
When Old Dutch Foods sent its chips east to the Ontario market, the chip-maker expected they would find buyers â€” but not that those buyers would be the competition. But that’s what was happening in some cases in 1991, when Hostess Frito-Lay was buying up Old Dutch stock from store shelves. “They offer to buy all of our product â€” at cost or[Read[Read More…]
The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) is Canada’s new generation of Earth observation satellites, launched on June 12, 2019. The three identical satellites will work together to bring solutions to key challenges for Canadians, including farmers, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says in a news release. The data coming from the satellites are going to provide wall-to-wall coverage of Canada’s terrestrial land mass. The[Read[Read More…]
Giving away the original 6-ton replica Russet Burbank that once toured the nation on its Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, is for sure paying major dividends for the Idaho Potato Commission, according to Frank Muir, president and CEO of the organization. Kristie Wolfe, a Century High School dropout who spent two years traveling with the iconic truck as a member[Read[Read More…]
Below average rainfall is triggering UK farmers and growers to adopt water savvy techniques early in the year, to be prepared should another agricultural drought hit. The Environment Agency (EA) has already declared irrigation prospects â€˜moderate to poorâ€™ in the East of England â€“ in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex â€“ areas reliant upon chalk aquafers for supply. Many other areas are[Read[Read More…]
AgTech start-up Taranis grew from 4 to 80 people in just a few years. A rollercoaster for CEO and founder Ofir Schlam, who says we are still in the early days of precision agriculture, according to a report published by Future Farming. In its 4 year existence the Israeli start-up Taranis has seen huge growth. Taranis started as a tool to provide[Read[Read More…]
Folks, I have produced a short 5-minute video containing pictures of potato harvest activities as it’s done in several countries around the world. You can watch the video below, or watch it on YouTube. Great many thanks to all those whose pictures are featured in the video – with acknowledgement, and much appreciated!
It’s the middle of winter and it is snowing outside today. I’ve decided to put together a video with all of my favorite clips that were shot from the Phantom 2 Vision + DJI drone. Some of these clips have been previously published and some of them are new. Enjoy this mid winter show, spring planting will be here soon.[Read[Read More…]
During the winter months the shed doors are firmly closed and all is quiet. However, when you take a look inside you’ll find Dutch seed potato farmers are picking the fruit of their labour. In the video below, you get to see the full seed potato journey on a specialised seed potato farm in the Dutch growing region ‘Wieringermeer’. After[Read More…]
Potato production in Michigan is ranked seventh (~$200 million) in the U.S. Approximately 70 percent of the potatoes produced in Michigan goes towards chipping. Potato production systems are impacted annually by many recurrent and persistent seedborne and storage diseases. Dickeya and Pectobacterium are closely related bacteria species that cause seed piece decay, blackleg, aerial stem rot and wilt, and tuber soft rot. A[Read[Read More…]
The videos below were uploaded fairly recently to YouTube, and we thought our grower readers in particular might be interested to watch. Wada Farms Storage and Harvest OperationWada Farms out of Michaud, Idaho restructured their harvest and storage system with major changes. Spudnik’s 8312 12 row potato planter in action The video below shows the new 12 row Spudnik planter[Read[Read More…]
As eating habits evolve, the potatoâ€™s place at the dinner table continues to change.Â Â David Douches, a professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and director of the Michigan State University (MSU) Potato Breeding and Genetics Program, has been at the forefront of the potatoâ€™s transition as people get more adventurous with their eating habits. Known as â€œMr.[Read[Read More…]
The Head of Storage Research at Sutton Bridge Storage Research in the UK, Adrian Cunnington, recently discussed 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. Watch the video below -[Read[Read More…]
Grimme published a new video today of its 8-row GH 8 Eco Ridging Hiller for use in 75 to 91.4 cm row distances. The company says the machine features various options, including different tines for varying soil conditions to enable optimum ridging. Single row shapers allow easy running between the rows, even in bigger plants. For weed destruction without chemicals[Read[Read More…]