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South Australian potato industry receives over $400,000 in federal funding

Potatoes South Australia Incorporated, the peak industry body for the potato industry value chain, has been awarded funding of $409,800 (excl GST) through the Federal Department of Agriculture’s National Landcare Innovation Grants for a two year project which will help develop a more reliable soil Phosphorus test. The project (which will be delivered by PIRSA’s consultancy business unit, Rural Solutions[Read[Read More…]

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Europa: La patata transgénica es ilegal

Una sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia Europeo ha anulado la autorización de la patata transgénica Amflora, propiedad del gigante biotecnológico alemán BASF. Reprocimos el texto que Amigos de la Tierra ha enviado a la prensa. El Tribunal afirma que la Comisión “no cumplió con sus obligaciones en el procedimiento”.Amigos de la Tierra celebra que se anule la decisión y solicita[Read[Read More…]

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Bayer CropScience reveals insights into U.S. potato industry’s top needs for 2014

According to United States Department of Agriculture’s crop production predictions, average potato yield per acre increased during the 2013 season. In an effort to propel this upward trend into the New Year, Bayer CropScience launched its Potato Perspectives Survey during Potato Expo in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2014. Bayer CropScience collected insights from tradeshow attendees across the food chain[Read[Read More…]

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Key Technology adds ‘cruise control’ to optical sorters

Key Technology has added a sort-to-grade feature to its various G6 optical sorters. he software-driven capability (available on Manta, Optyx and Tegra belt-driven sorters) lets users sort by grade to count, accepting or rejecting each defective piece to meet requirements and quality standards. Aimed for potato processing operations, the sort-to-grade eature reportedly boosts product quality and increases yields by as[Read[Read More…]

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Vrees kwaliteitsverlies Nederlandse aardappel

In tegenstelling tot een heleboel andere sectoren is de aardappelsector crisisbestendig. Misschien kun je wel spreken van oorlogsbestendig, want ook als spanningen in landen oplopen blijft de aardappel als eerste levensbehoefte nodig. Maar om die marktpositie te behouden, moet Nederland fyto als speerpunt benoemen. Dat zei Jan Muijsers, vicevoorzitter van de Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO) dinsdag op de Themadag Aardappelen[Read[Read More…]

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Radio-frequency drying slashes acrylamide in potato chips: Study

Using radio-frequency to dry partially fried potato chips can limit acrylamide formation, finds research. The study published in the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture investigated how much impact radio-frequency post-drying had on limiting the potential carcinogen in potato chips. Researchers from two Turkish universities found that frying potato slices partially in hot oil followed by a radio-frequency (RF)[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho spuds given as diplomatic gesture to Russians

Officials with the Idaho Potato Commission are pleased by a lofty new role for their commodity – promoting world peace. Prior to meetings about unrest in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift of two large Idaho bakers. “We were obviously very thrilled to see this picture of Secretary Kerry using two[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato pests, prices top concerns of potato industry

Early blight and white mold — and the yield and quality loss due to these and other potato pests — are the top concerns of many potato growers. Those are the results of the Potato Perspectives Survey that Bayer CropScience, Research Triangle Park, N.C., conducted among attendees of the Potato Expo, Jan. 8-10, in San Antonio. Of those surveyed, 48[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato growers want deep well permits

Prince Edward Island potato growers are hoping the new year will bring them a gushing geyser of permits to begin irrigating fields this year from deep water wells. They say science supports it and the crops need it and without it productivity will not only decline, but lead to the depletion of P.E.I.’s $1 billion dollar potato industry. “About 10[Read[Read More…]

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