The changing face of Potato Cyst Nematodes in Britain

Potato Cyst Nematode infestation is a major constraint on the British Potato industry and costs upwards of £25m each year, according to Rob Clayton, Strategy Director Potatoes at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). He says the make-up of the national PCN population in Britain is changing, and nematodes are moving into areas that they have not previously inhabited.[Read[Read More…]

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Video: Global Potato Report

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Lamb Weston explains European potato situation to customers

In a short video posted on social media, potato processor Lamb Weston is explaining to its customers in brief what the potato growing season in Europe was like this year, and how it is expected to effect the french fries the company will be producing in the near future.   You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Smartphone app offers a cheaper way to monitor crops with a drone

A new smartphone app offers farmers a cheaper and easier way to monitor their crops, simply with a mobile phone and a cheap drone. Developed by Northumbria-based Drone Ag in the UK, the Skippy Scout app will fly the farmer’s drone and collect high-resolution images at various points in the chosen field. Jack Wrangham, who founded Drone Ag with his brother[Read[Read More…]

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What it takes to make the perfect chip, according to Frito-Lay

“There’s a lot of labor and love that goes into making the potato chips that go into every bag of Lay’s,” the chip producer says on its blog. The company recently followed one of its most experienced potato experts, Stephen Chahanovich, from the Killingly, CT Frito-Lay plant, to get a glimpse into a day in his life both inside and outside[Read[Read More…]

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Simplot’s Innate variety, questions about GMO potatoes addressed in video series

Simplot says its Innate® GM potato variety was developed using genes only from wild and cultivated Russet potatoes. The company says on a website which explains the background of this biotech potato: “We’ve used modern bioengineering (also known as ‘genetic modification’ or ‘GM’) techniques to bring together some of the best traits from different types of potatoes. Innate potatoes grow just like regular[Read[Read More…]

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Drought stricken: The sad truth of the current disastrous state of arable crops in Germany

After months of drought, temperatures reached 36 degrees in Germany on Tuesday, prompting farmers to demand €1 billion in emergency state aid to cover crop shortfalls. The drought situation is so severe that German farmers are referring to it as a natural disaster that poses a threat to their livelihoods. The idea of a natural disaster will be confirmed by German authorities if more[Read[Read More…]

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Little golden nugget: Univ of Maine releases new gourmet potato variety

Sporting a unique and striking skin pattern, the newly released Pinto Gold potato has been in development for twelve years. Out of 50,000 individual varieties tested at Univ of Maine’s Aroostook Research Farm, the Pinto Gold was selected as the most promising. The potato isn’t destined for large scale chip or french fry manufacturing, but for local gardeners, restaurants, and home cooking. Gregory[Read[Read More…]

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Virtual reality video shows the effect of ESN Smart Nitrogen on potatoes

ESN Smart Nitrogen is a urea granule comprised of 44% nitrogen, contained within a flexible polymer coating. This coating protects the nitrogen from loss mechanisms and releases nitrogen in response to soil temperature. ESN gives crops all the nitrogen they need, when they need it, the company says. General use recommendations for ESN for several potato producing regions in the US and Canada are available[Read[Read More…]

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Sensor brings new wavelengths to crop scanning for needs-based nitrogen

It only makes sense to apply fertilizer where it’s needed, and only where it’s needed. For a long time, agricultural machinery and technology companies have focused on achieving this goal, including German company Fritzmeier Umwelttechnik. The company’s technology, called the ISARIA Crop Sensor, uses four different wavelengths delivered with LEDs and up to 2000 measurement values per second to index vegetation. Mounted on the front[Read[Read More…]

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New nematicide e-learning course launched

The potato industry in the UK is being urged to take part in a free interactive e-learning course on best practice nematicide usage that has been launched by the NSP and ARTIS. With the cold and wet weather delaying planting and nematicide applications in some areas, now is the perfect time to refresh knowledge on responsible application. “The new online tool aims[Read[Read More…]

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Video: Why your controlled release fertilizer didn’t work as expected

In this video, Nelson Gonzalez, Territory / Key Account Manager at ICL, discusses the top 10 reasons your controlled release fertilizer may not have performed as you expected. Fertilizer displacement? Not choosing the proper longevity? Not using the proper formulation? Not choosing the proper rate? Over irrigation? Too high or too low media pH? Micronutrient package? Read more and watch the video You are unauthorized to view[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission launches new video series: Idaho Potato Life Hacks

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has partnered with Ivan Nanney, former member of the Big Idaho® Potato Truck’s Tater Team and’s newest Cancun Experience Officer, to create a series of Idaho® Potato Life Hack videos showcasing the many uses of Idaho® potatoes beyond a recipe ingredient. These DIY (Do It Yourself) tater tricks use Idaho® potatoes to increase efficiency, safety, and creativity in[Read[Read More…]

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Dr Oz show asks: Is it time to end the war on potatoes?

The popular Dr Oz show in the US features potatoes and the myth that potatoes are fattening in its latest episode. “It’s been ingrained in your brain that you can’t possibly enjoy a potato and lose weight. It turns out, they may have gotten it all wrong. Some experts on the show say that potatoes may indeed be nature’s diet pill.” Plus, Daphne Oz reveals new[Read[Read More…]

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Videos: What soil health testing method could work for you?

Soil testing is an important management practice on all farms, whether growing potatoes or pasture for livestock. It’s nearly impossible to determine what a soil needs to be productive, without a soil analysis. Experts view soil testing as an important tool – although not an absolute science – that allows producers to make more qualified fertility management decisions. AHDB Horticulture TV in[Read[Read More…]

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Video: Newest Strategic Potato Farm in Great Britain aims to maximise quality in store

RJ & AE Godfrey, a mixed arable farm in North Lincolnshire in the UK is the newest Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm. On-farm events will begin in June. The SPot Farm programme up-scales the research and demonstrates the on-farm implementation of the science related to potato production. The initiative, part of an annual £1m+ AHDB investment in its Farm Excellence network, offers growers[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Latest news from the AHDB’s Fight Against Blight campaign

Click on the video below to hear Rob Clayton and Claire Hodge discuss the latest news from the AHDB’s Fight Against Blight. They provide an overview of the 2017 blight season and look towards plans for the season ahead. For more information on the campaign please go to the Blight section of the AHDB Potatoes website. If you’d like to sign up as[Read[Read More…]

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Eyes in the Sky: ARS scientist on the use of UAV’s for potato research

In this video, Shelley Jansky, USDA ARS research geneticist and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses how she is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles in her research. She says there are many directions that researchers can go with UAV;s, although they need first of all learn to use them efficiently and effectively. The main use for her right now is[Read[Read More…]

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Grower Webinar: Experts share crop nutrition tips for quality potato production

This free webinar with Scott Stuntz, managing editor of Spudman magazine, features YARA’s potato crop manager in North America, Jimmy Ridgway, and the director of agronomic services at YARA in North America, Dr. Steve Petrie. Petrie and Ridgway share insights from extensive crop nutrition research and trials done over the years by YARA. They also discuss technology, tools and services to[Read[Read More…]

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US: Nematology expert discusses management practices for corky ringspot in potatoes

In a video aimed at helping potato growers, the Plant Management Network has released a presentation by Michigan State University professor of nematology George W. Bird on management practices for corky ringspot. The disease is caused by the tobacco rattle virus and vectored by stubby-root nematodes. The primary symptoms are characteristic concentric rings on tuber skin and internal tissues. Bird’s presentation is[Read[Read More…]

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Video: New Mexico State University researchers conduct field trials of South American potato, papa criolla

New Mexico State University is collaborating with U.S. Department of Agriculture research geneticist Kathy Haynes to conduct field trials of the South American potato, papa criolla, that she has breed to grow in the United States. White-fleshed potatoes typically grown in the United States are low in carotenoids that act as antioxidants for healthy eyes. The most well-known carotenoid is beta-carotene[Read[Read More…]

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Vertical Farming: The farm of the future?

As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources. Vertical farming is one solution that’s been implemented around the world. Vertical farms produce crops in stacked layers, often in controlled environments such as those built by AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey.[Read[Read More…]

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New on Potato News Today: Podcasts of news headlines

Folks, I have created the first of future bi-weekly Podcasts, featuring of some of the news headlines published here on Potato News Today. I hope you will find this to be of value. The narrators for our first Podcast is David from the US, Haley from Australia, and Hazel from the UK. Those of you who might be interested, can[Read[Read More…]

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