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…]
From shoestring to over-salted, from McDonaldâ€™s to KFC, News.com.au recently put fast food French fries to the taste-test â€” and they found a surprising winner… It takes superhuman strength to walk past someone eating hot chips and not crave some, the news agency says in an article. “Our tastebuds have been hardwired to find that combination of crunch, salt and[Read[Read More…]
Dickeya blackleg is a relatively new potato disease with which North American growers are having to contend. First detected in the U.S. in 2015, several states have since confirmed cases of the seed-borne disease caused by the Dickeya dianthicola pathogen. Dickeya is typically symptomless when dormant, adding to the unintentional, undetected spread of the disease via seed pieces. There are currently no[Read[Read More…]
SPUDNIK is an international equipment company meeting the needs of potato- and sugar beet growers in both field and storage equipment across the globe. In this video, Purchasing Agent Colleen Tsukamoto gives testimony to the job climate for employees at Spudnik. You are unauthorized to view this page.
Nearly 40 years ago, Maine farmers brought their rotten potatoes to Canada’s New Brunswick border crossings and put them to use. Angry about cheaper potatoes imported from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, they staged protests and blockades, which is where theÂ potatoes came in. Trucks, protesters and piles of potatoes blocked several border points, preventing the transfer of all goods[Read[Read More…]
James Bowan grows potatoes for a nationwide paddock-to-packet potato chip brand. Nearly a decade after the business started he’s still happiest in the paddock. Tim Fulton reports from New Zealand. The Bowan family farms more than 600ha at Orari in South Canterbury. Down the road at industrial Washdyke, in the slipstream of Timaru, the family also runs the Heartland chips[Read More…]
Deep in the Andes mountains, in the Cusco region of Peru, lives and works a man named Julio Hancco Mamani, also known to some as the â€œPotato Kingâ€. Julio is continuing a family legacy by cultivating more than 400 native varieties of native Andean potato varieties. But heâ€™s not just growing them for fun. Mamaniâ€™s goal is to preserve the[Read[Read More…]
As part of the World Potato Congress (WPC) webinar series, Dr Peter VanderZaag, a world renowned authority on potato breeding and potato seed systems, delivered an online presentation on March 8. Dr VanderZaag is the Director of Sunrise Potato in Ontario Canada, Director of the World Potato Congress, Professor at Yunnan Normal College in China, and former Chair of the[Read[Read More…]
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.
Reducing nitrogen without reducing yields Once more SPot Scotland has shown you can vastly reduce nitrogen use without seeing any negative impact on yield or crop quality. In fact, we have seen better yields when less nitrogen has been applied. Marc Allison of NIAB CUF explains: â€œWeâ€™ve almost halved nitrogen use at SPot Scotland and seen yield maintained or increased. Also, there[Read[Read More…]