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Kartoffelherbstbörse: Trotz schwieriger Witterung ausreichende Mengen aus deutscher Produktion vorhanden

Die diesjährige Ernte in Deutschland wird 9,9 Mio t betragen, rund  234.100 ha sind mit Kartoffeln bestellt. Das sind 6,5% weniger Fläche als im langjährigen Durchschnitt. Trockenheit, Hitze, Starkregen, Hagel – von jedem etwas, meist zu einer ungünstigen Zeit und regional unterschiedlich intensiv – Für die deutschen Kartoffelanbauer eine Herausforderung. Dennoch, so stellte Thomas Herkenrath, Präsident des Deutschen Kartoffel Handelsverbandes (DKHV)[Read More…]

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Have your say on new potato cyst nematode management guidelines

British potato growers and agronomists are invited to have their say on the structure and information included in a new guide for controlling their number-one pest – potato cyst nematode (PCN). A PCN management guide was released by Maff – Defra’s former guise – in 1999 as a response to the rise of a more virulent PCN species, Globodera pallida. G. pallida[Read More…]

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Heat and Control ships new equipment for 5,000 lb/hr of potato chips

Engineered to integrate with a customer’s existing potato handling equipment, a new Heat and Control continuous potato chip slicer feeding, washing, and frying system will boost finished chip production capacity and improve product quality. To continuously produce 5,000 finished pounds/hour (2,268 kg/hr) of potato chips, the system accepts a high volume of peeled potatoes from the customer’s existing preparation equipment[Read More…]

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Food company cashes in chips with potato power

One of the UK’s biggest food manufacturers is turning to the power of the potato as it seeks new sources of energy to run its factory. In what it says is a world first, 2 Sisters Food Group has installed a £50m plant that allows surplus mash from its production line to be converted into electricity, in a move that should[Read More…]

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UK: Lidl nearly doubles orders from Kent Potato Company

Lidl has nearly doubled orders of Kent-grown potatoes as discount shoppers lap up local produce. The supermarket has increased requests for Kent Potato Company’s own-brand Amber spuds from six tonnes a week in April to 11 tonnes a week last month. The tatties are grown at farms across the county and packed in a factory in St Nicholas-at- Wade, near[Read More…]

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Katastrophale Kartoffelernte in Bayern

Die bayerischen Kartoffelbauern erwarten heuer eine katastrophal schlechte Ernte. Trockenheit und Sommerhitze setzten den Knollen derart zu, dass laut Landesamt für Statistik mit der zweitschlechtesten Ernte der Nachkriegszeit zu rechnen ist. In diesem Jahr werden in ganz Bayern voraussichtlich nur 1,42 Millionen Tonnen Kartoffeln geerntet, teilt das Bayerische Landesamt für Statistik in Fürth am Montag (28.09.15) mit. Dies sei die[Read More…]

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US: Michigan potato growers promote healthy choices at Heart Walk event

On this week’s Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes, Mike Wenkel, executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC), talks about the role potatoes play in a healthy lifestyle, and a partnership between MPIC and the American Heart Association to promote healthy choices. “Paired with regular exercise, potatoes are part of a healthy diet that strengthens the[Read More…]

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Nigeria: Plateau to benefit from potato farming

In order to explore the potential that abound in Plateau State as regard to Potatoes farming and to create employment opportunity for the youth a group of Potato farmers, Vicampro Agrochemical Company, is set to embark on large scale potato farming and processing in the State. The Company will also engage in providing high technical know how and input supplies to[Read More…]

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UK: Contract stock leads average potato price rise

Potato prices increased overall in the week to 11 September, with the GB average up 9% to £162.32/t. However, the free-buy average lost 1% to £161.72/t. Contract trade accounted for the majority of the sample, according to a report by the AHDB.Prices for free-buy packing stocks saw a general downwards trend with Marfona and Estima falling by £5/t each to[Read More…]

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US: Syngenta fungicide receives EPA approval

Syngenta’s Orondis® fungicide has been approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the first fungicide in the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee group U15. Pending state registrations, the fungicide is expected to be available for the 2016 season. Orondis contains the active ingredient oxathiapiprolin and offers a new mode of action for control of soil and foliar diseases caused[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato psyllid found in Alberta but disease not present

The psyllid story sets up like a good news-bad news scenario. The bad news is that the potato psyllid, a tiny insect that can carry zebra chip disease that is harmful to potato production and appearance, has been found in Alberta. The good news is that it isn’t carrying the disease. Dan Johnson, an entomologist and researcher at the University[Read More…]

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International potato economy looks curiously at Berlin

In the coming weeks, the potato harvest for stock goods will begin in Germany. DKHV chairman Thomas Herkenrath goes with confidence into the new season. He expects that with good quality, the market will develop better than last year, when the record harvest made for a high pricing pressure.  Due to the limited offer of early potatoes, the warehouses have[Read More…]

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UK: Potatoes surge in price on the back of reduced area planted

UK potato growers could be on track for a profitable year as prices surge on the back of a 7.8 per cent reduction in the area planted as growers responded to recent low prices. The GB average price for the week to September 18 was £151.51/tonne compared with £119.56/t last year. Although it is early days yet, with the harvest delayed by[Read More…]

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US: Consumers vow to boycott Doritos for offering pro-gay rainbow potato chips

Some consumers are planning to boycott Doritos after the potato chips company offered limited edition pro-homosexual bags of rainbow-coloured chips. Last week, the Doritos brand, a subsidiary of Frito-Lay Inc., released a statement about its new multiple and rainbow-coloured chips inspired by the gay Pride Flag “to celebrate and support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the[Read More…]

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Cyprus: Potato board ready to hand over to private marketers

The Cyprus Potato Marketing Board (CPMB) is ready to hand over its tasks to the private sector under the condition that the government transfers the assets of its packaging plant to the new private marketers to help them stay afloat, the head of the CPMB Michalis Lytras said on Thursday. Dismissing press reports that the recent cabinet decision which extends the[Read More…]

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Canada: Des caméras de sécurité dans les champs de pommes de terre à l’Î.-P.-É.

La récolte de pommes de terre à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard bat son plein et il y a une nouveauté cette année : des caméras de sécurité dans les champs. Plusieurs producteurs sont convaincus que c’est pendant la récolte de l’automne dernier que des malfaiteurs ont inséré des objets métalliques dans des pommes de terre. Depuis, des consommateurs aux quatre coins de l’Atlantique[Read More…]

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McDonald’s UK to use only British potatoes for French fries

McDonald’s is to start sourcing potatoes from British farmers only, as the fast food giant looks to appeal to customers more conscious about where their meals come from. While most of its potatoes are already supplied from Britain, McDonald’s currently sources 13pc from countries across Europe, including Germany. The move, which starts later this month, will mean an extra £9m[Read More…]

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UK: Potato sector on track for one of smallest harvests on record

UK potato farmers are on track to harvest one of the smallest crops on record. According to AHDB Potatoes, the potato sector has suffered a 7.8 per cent decline in area this year in response to falling prices. With harvest progressing the crop currently being lifted could be one of the smallest since records began. Arthur Marshall, analyst at AHDB[Read More…]

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Verse frites van Florette

Florette lanceerde deze maand ‘Verse aardappelen: geschild, gewassen en gesneden’: een praktische en gezonde oplossing om binnen enkele minuten te genieten van zelfgemaakte friet met de garantie van maximale versheid en kwaliteit. De aardappelen zijn klaar om te frituren en besparen net zo veel tijd en moeite als diepvriesaardappelen, maar hebben wel alle voordelen die verse levensmiddelen ook bevatten. Het[Read More…]

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Late blight breakthrough

There may be a new weapon in the fight against one of the world’s most devastating potato diseases — late blight. Scientists from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the Sainsbury Laboratory at Norwich Research Park in England say they’ve identified a resistant gene that fights against new strains of the oomycete disease. The wild potato gene targets elicitin, a[Read More…]

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US: Spud leaders hope to continue breeding collaboration

A collaborative effort involving cooperation from the major U.S. potato breeding programs to identify potatoes low in acrylamide, which may be linked to cancer, is winding up, but participants hope to continue working together on other challenges. Rich Novy, a potato breeder with the local USDA Agricultural Research Service, and his colleagues spent Sept. 16 evaluating an assortment of their[Read More…]

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Western Australia potato regulator lists big grower as threat to industry

Western Australia’s potato regulator has taken aim at the state’s largest grower, using its annual report to single him out as one of the challenges facing the industry. The Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC), a second world war-era vegetable regulator, is engaged in legal dispute with Tony Galati, the industrious potato grower who also owns the Spudshed chain of grocery stores,[Read More…]

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East Africa: Farmers faulted for ‘neglecting’ potato sub-sector

Stakeholders in the potato value chain want joint efforts to rejuvenate the sub-sector in the region, citing neglect by governments and even farmers. Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) wants farmers, on one hand, to focus more on Irish potato farming, and East African Community (EAC) governments, on the other, to increase funding to the agriculture sector. The federation’s chief executive Stephen Muchiri[Read More…]

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