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US: Potato, vegetable production has 300 million dollar impact in Wisconsin

See on – Potato NewsThe economic impact of potato and vegetable production in Wisconsin is huge, and it’s another reason farmers are anxious for the fields to dry out enough to begin planting. Tamas Houlihan is the Communications Director for the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association. Houlihan says you might be surprised by how much food is grown[Read[Read More…]

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Dalende verkoop nieuwe aardappelen op Spaanse markt

See on – Potato NewsAsociafruit, een vereniging die ongeveer 80% van de Andalusische aardappelproducenten en -handelaren samenbrengt, trekt aan de alarmbel wegens de instorting van de verkoop van nieuwe aardappelen op de Spaanse markt. Dat kan de toekomst van de sector ernstig in gevaar brengen. De aankomst van bewaarde aardappelen op de binnenlandse markt  veroorzaakt volgens Asociafrut een daling[Read[Read More…]

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India: Mahindra enter joint venture to source seed potato from HZPC

See on – Potato News Mahindra ShubhLaabh, the agribusiness company of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., has entered into an exclusive strategic alliance with HZPC BV, a 110 year old, Euro 225 million global leader, to produce, market and export seed potato from India. Mahindra ShubhLaabh is part of Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector and was one of India’s leading exporter[Read[Read More…]

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Aardappelmarkt wil wel in Oost-Europa

See on – Potato NewsTerwijl de West-Europese aardappelmarkt alsmaar dieper wegzakt, gaan de prijzen in Oost-Europa juist omhoog. In Oekraïne zijn de aardappelprijzen in een week tijd met 50 procent gestegen. Dat meldt Fruit-Inform. Op de groothandelsmarkt in hoofdstad Simferopol op De Krim worden aardappelen aangeboden voor 0,55 tot 0,61 cent per kg. Dat is bijna een verdubbeling ten[Read[Read More…]

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Aardappelen voor PotatoEurope 2014 gepoot

De voorbereidingen voor de vaktentoonstelling PotatoEurope 2014 vorderen goed, meldt de Duitse website Op het riddergoed Bockerode in Springe-Mittelrode (Niedersachsen), waar PotatoEurope 2014 plaats zal vinden, werden onlangs namelijk met de modernste techniek de aardappelen voor de tentoonstelling gepoot. See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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More aggressive blight tougher to control

See on – Potato News More aggressive late blight strains now dominate British populations and potatoes growers need to adopt a protectant fungicide policy to keep the potentially devastating disease at bay. Populations of the pathogen – Phytophthora infestans – are constantly changing and monitoring work has shown two genotypes are now dominant. See on You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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Zetmeelfabrieken jagen op consumptieaardappel

See on – Potato NewsNa de jacht van de verwerkende industrie naar zetmeelaardappelen afgelopen maanden, zijn zetmeelverwerkers nu op jacht naar consumptieaardappelen. Hoewel de zetmeelcampagnes achter de rug zijn, starten enkele Duitse zetmeelfabrikanten hun productie weer op of zijn voornemens dat te doen. Dat blijkt uit informatie van diverse bronnen.See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Maine partnership releases two spud varieties

See on – Potato NewsThe Maine Potato Board and the University of Maine, Orono, released two potato varieties aimed at the processing market although they also can move into fresh channels. The varieties—Easton and Sebec—were developed in partnership with the university, according to an article on the board’s website. They are the first to be released by the university[Read[Read More…]

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US: Specialty spud growth keeps steaming along

See on – Potato NewsWhile traditional potato types, such as whites and russets, struggle to maintain consumer sales, specialty potatoes continue to enjoy double-digit growth at retail. Tasteful Selections LLC is one grower-shipper capitalizing on those changing consumer tastes. Part of Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE, it grows exclusively baby and specialty potatoes in Kern County, said Randy Shell, vice president[Read[Read More…]

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From chips to cheers: Former potato-chip maker goes for grapes

See on – Potato News Tim Kennedy (who started Tim’s Cascade Style Potato Chips) and his wife, Lori, attempted to retire to the sunny side of the state. But they now find themselves farming and making wine at Don Carlo Vineyard.See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Italy: Advantages of drip irrigation for potatoes

See on – Potato NewsDrip irrigation is finally being used for potatoes in Italy. Netafim has been using it all over the world for years, in addition to increasing yields, it also prevents cracking and deforming and guarantees uniform grades.See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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The answer to food deserts might be this innovative greenhouse system

See on – Potato News The lifePOD system can be used year-round to produce local food in quantities to feed many people, especially those in food deserts, where access to healthy and affordable fresh food is not easy to come by.See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Frankrijk: Aardappelmarkten weinig levendig, poten verloopt voorspoedig

De Franse aardappelmarkten blijven weinig levendig. De goede opbrengst van de markt van de verwerking zorgt voor een beperktere vraag op de vrije markt van de verwerking. De prijzen blijven onder druk maar blijven gehandhaafd op 9,00 €/qt voor Bintje en 10,50 €/qt voor specifieke rassen. Verzendingen Markies of Fontane met mooie kookkleur naar Engeland voor 11,00 tot 13,00 €/qt.[Read[Read More…]

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Europe: NEPG expects 3,5% increase in potato acreage in 2014

Based upon first indications and grower surveys where available, the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) initial area estimate for the five potato producing countries (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and GB) indicates growth in ware potatoes (excluding seed and starch) for the 2014 season. At almost 550,000 ha this is an increase of 3.5% compared with last season with France[Read[Read More…]

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India: Potato prices spurt as bad weather threatens output

See on – Potato NewsThe price of potato has jumped 25 per cent in the past four days, due to reports of massive damage of the harvested crop because of bad weather. “There has been intermittent rainfall, followed by hailstorms and rapid increase in temperature, which reduced supplies to mandis and damaged the harvested output,” said R P Gupta,[Read[Read More…]

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Teeltgebied en klimaat beïnvloeden aardappelaroma

See on – Potato NewsNiet elke aardappel is hetzelfde. En ook al horen aardappelen tot één en hetzelfde ras, dan nog kun de smaak afhankelijk van teeltgebied en klimaat behoorlijk verschillen, meldt het Duitse nieuwsmagazine ‘Focus’ op haar website. Het teeltgebied en het klimaat hebben namelijk uitwerkingen op het aardappelaroma, zo legde Jutta Kling van het Competentiecentrum Biologische Landbouw[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers found Olestra Pringles can be good for you

See on – Potato News Researchers at the University of Cincinnati  have discovered there may be an ingredient in some chips that might be a really good thing for some people to eat! What makes this research unique is how they wanted to use Olestra Pringles for a purpose in the body to find out if they could reduce[Read[Read More…]

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India: Mahindra’s agri division enters into a JV with Holland-based HZPC

See on – Potato NewsThe agri division of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the $16.7 billion Mahindra Group, today signed a joint venture agreement in Chandigarh with Holland’s HZPC, one of the leading innovative companies in the world in potato breeding, seed potato growing and seed potato trading. According to Gerard Backx, CEO, HZPC, “We feel confident that[Read[Read More…]

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Colombia: El consumo de patata aumenta un 4,4%

See on – Potato NewsA través de un estudio realizado por la Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Papa, Fedepapa, se concluyó que más del 50% de los hogares colombianos compran papa, por lo menos una vez a la semana. “El propósito del estudio fue trazar directivas claras que impacten sobre la producción misma y que también orienten a los[Read[Read More…]

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Hold the fries – McDonald’s sees fewer fast food customers

See on – Potato NewsMcDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 per cent in the first three months of the year as guest counts declined. After a decade of consistent growth, sales also declined last year as McDonald’s struggled to roll out an[Read[Read More…]

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