Fries are still America’s favorite potato dish

The most popular potato preparation in America is the French fry. That’s according to an analysis of food ordering data between January 2018 and July 2019 by DoorDash, America’s largest food delivery service (and the world’s second-largest, after Uber Eats). Now that DoorDash is delivering from McDonald’s, famous for its fries, maybe the quantity ordered will rise even higher. This is how long[Read[Read More…]

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Peru’s Potato: A starchy spud that adapts to every eco-system

In the 1500’s when Spanish conquistadors arrived, they encountered the potato and brought it to Europe. Today it’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…]

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Satellites will provide real-time data of crop development across Canada

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…]

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‘Potato hotel’ paying dividends for Idaho farmers

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…]

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Dry weather drives ‘water savvy’ farming in Britain

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 poor’ in the East of England – in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex – areas reliant upon chalk aquafers for supply. Many other areas are[Read[Read More…]

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Video: Potato harvesting – A pictorial compilation

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!

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North Dakota farming – A drone video compilation

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…]

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The Seed Potato Story: What goes on behind closed doors

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…]

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New video series released on bacterial diseases of potato

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…]

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Videos: Potato planting and harvesting in North America

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…]

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MSU professor develops new potato varieties for countries far and wide

As eating habits evolve, the potato’s place at the dinner table continues to change.  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 potato’s transition as people get more adventurous with their eating habits. Known as “Mr.[Read[Read More…]

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Potato storage trends in the UK: CIPC and Sprout Control Update

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…]

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New video of Grimme’s 8-row Eco Ridging Hiller in action

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…]

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Tasted and tested: Australia’s best fast food French fry revealed

From shoestring to over-salted, from McDonald’s to KFC, recently put fast food French fries to the taste-test — 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…]

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Dickeya: A difficult-to-detect potato threat

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…]

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‘I Am Spudnik’: Colleen Tsukamoto

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.

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Back when Maine potatoes were at the root of a trade war with New Brunswick

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 the potatoes came in. Trucks, protesters and piles of potatoes blocked several border points, preventing the transfer of all goods[Read[Read More…]

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On Farm Story from New Zealand: Spud family name’s on the packet

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…]

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Popular potato sprout suppressants CIPC and MH on the menu

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.

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AHDB spot trials: SPot Scotland shows how to save money and increase potato yields

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: “We’ve almost halved nitrogen use at SPot Scotland and seen yield maintained or increased. Also, there[Read[Read More…]

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