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US Congress wants more potatoes in government program

Nutritionists say Americans don’t need more white potatoes. Congress disagrees – again. Lawmakers are encouraging the agriculture secretary to allow low-income pregnant and nursing mothers to buy white potatoes with the vouchers they receive as part of a government program. That goes against the advice of the Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health issues. The institute has[Read More…]

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UK: Soil health key to breaking potato yield plateau

Boosting soil nutrition and cutting compaction will be two key factors in breaking through the yield barrier that potato growers have hit over the past 20 years. Maincrop potato yields increased sharply up to the mid-1990s, but since then yields have stagnated at about 44.6t/ha, according to Potato Council data covering 1960-2013. Speaking at the recent Cambridge University Potato Growers[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 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 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 More…]

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UK: Taperstor – Total control in potato storage

Crop Systems Ltd’s new TaperStor offers operators total control over the stored crop and the environment in which it is kept, combined with the ability to maximise the volume of storage available on any given footprint and so reduce storage costs per tonne. TaperStor enables accurate airflows and allows crops to be loaded to a greater height and – by[Read More…]

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Stemming wil er nog niet echt inkomen

De stemming aan het begin van het nieuwe jaar wil er nog niet echt inkomen. Toch was er de laatste dagen wat meer activiteit waarneembaar met de opmerking dat de markt aanvoelt als een motor die met horten en stoten draait. Nog altijd wordt door de belanghebbenden uit West-Europa en Rusland over exportmogelijkheden van o.a. aardappelen gesproken. Meer

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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 very[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 More…]

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Chips are down in bid for Jersey Royal potato

The Jersey Royal Company, which produces 25,000 tonnes annually and is 50 per cent owned by Scottish-based and family owned Albert Bartlett, one of the biggest potato suppliers in the UK, has apparently had a £12million bid approach from AIM-listed potato grower and distributor Produce Investments, which closed 5p better at 215p, valuing the business at around £42million. Dealers heard[Read More…]

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PepsiCo invierte en Venezuela

La multinacional PepsiCo ha ampliado las instalaciones que posee en la región de Táchira (Venezuela) con la inauguración de un Centro de Producción de Semillas, que permitirá garantizar el 100% de abastecimiento del programa de producción de Chipstock. Gracias al uso de biotecnología mediante el cultivo in vitro o bajo invernadero, este nuevo Centro de Producción de Semillas se presenta[Read More…]

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Managing Weed Resistance to Herbicides in the Potato Rotation

In the latest ‘Focus on Potato’ webcast, titled “Managing Weed Resistance to Herbicides in the Potato Rotation,” Dr. Jed Colquhoun, weed science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison gives users an update on herbicide-resistant weeds. Herbicide-resistant weeds pose significant economic and production challenges, particularly in specialty crops such as potatoes where weed control options are already limited. This presentation will[Read More…]

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Aviko gaat strijd aan met verse frites

Met de introductie van Oerfrites op de komende Horecava gaat Aviko de strijd aan met de zelf voor- en afgebakken frites. De fabrikant uit Steenderen is er naar eigen zeggen in geslaagd een vers voorgebakken frites te ontwikkelen die qua uiterlijk, smaak en beleving niet onder doet voor zelf voorgebakken verse. De belangstelling voor verse frites neemt toe onder cafetariahouders.[Read More…]

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Dutch lead the way in potato cyst nematode control

Potato nematodes are now a minor pest threat in the Netherlands and one Dutch expert believes British potato growers could learn lessons from their success. Growing potatoes as a trap crop for potato cyst nematodes (PCN), using resistant varieties and rigorous testing for the industry’s most damaging pest have all led to better control. Dutch growers use more robust sampling[Read More…]

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US: Industry leader cautions against over-planting potatoes

After a disastrous 2012-13 marketing year, fresh-market potato supply and demand appear more in balance for 2013-14, resulting in steady pricing and reasonable returns — but the processing sector still has the potential to affect that. “We have a balanced crop and the outlook says there’s no reason for us to give it away and there’s no reason for us[Read More…]

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Australia: Potato transport costs to double

Potato growers in south east South Australia will pay double their normal freight costs to move produce interstate for processing. McCain closed its potato factory at Penola at the end of last year, meaning potatoes now need to be transported more than 300 kilometres to a Victorian plant at Ballarat. SA farmers forecast they will get paid an average of[Read More…]

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Algérie: Régulation du marché – 320 000 tonnes de pommes de terre stockées en 2013

Les deux dernières saisons de récolte ont connu une production record avoisinant les 5 millions de tonnes. Pas moins de 320 000 tonnes de pommes de terre de consommation ont été stockées et redistribuées sur le marché, durant l’année écoulée, par les services de l’Office national interprofessionnel des légumes et viandes (Onilev). Les deux dernières saisons de récolte ont connu,[Read More…]

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UK: Potato modelling system wins science award

A potato modelling system, which forecasts yield and tuber size won a Practice with Science Award at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). Developed by NIAB CUF, the tool can supply valuable data to the entire potato supply chain, to aid in-field and processing practices and reporting. The system’s modeling allows growers to calculate seed rates and a crop’s irrigation needs,[Read More…]

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India: Uttar Pradesh Government looking to increase potato production by 35%

The government is giving a final shape to the proposed potato development Policy. Uttar Pradesh is looking to augment potato production by 35 percent to achieve 18 million tonnes (MT) of produce. Likewise, potato acreage would be increased by almost 25 percent to 6,75,000 hectares. To achieve these ambitious goals, the state government is giving final shape to the proposed[Read More…]

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De aardappel als wereldvoedsel

Aardapppelsteden Wulanchabu in Inner Mongolië (China) en Emmeloord in Noordoostpolder gaan samenwerken op aardappelgebied. Dat is het resultaat van een bezoek dat burgemeester Aucke van der Werff onlangs bracht aan Wulanchabu. Het bezoek maakte onderdeel uit van een Flevolands bezoek aan China. Meer

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New approach to combat phytophthora

Fast new techniques for genetic identification enable a more specific control of the potato disease phytophthora; this is the theory of scientists from Wageningen UR in the Netherlands who are working to partner with industry to further analyze the genetic variation of the pathogen and link it to practical recommendations. This will allow potato growers to optimally align their choice[Read More…]

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US: Simplot touts benefits of GMO spud

Simplot has developed potato varieties through biotechnology using potato DNA to reduce bruising, browning when cut and the amino acid responsible for the formation of acrylamides in potatoes cooked at high temperatures. The company has petitioned USDA for deregulation of the new varieties and is working on developing varieties with other desirable traits such as disease resistance and enhanced nutrition.[Read More…]

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Bio-Kartoffeln von hier – 300 Tage im Jahr

Der im August 2010 neu gegründete Verein „Bio Kartoffel Erzeuger e. V.“ macht sich bei Handel und Verbrauchern für heimische Bio-Kartoffeln stark. „Hier in Deutschland angebaute Bio-Kartoffeln sind besonders klimaschonend und können mit einer transparenten Herkunft punkten“, so Monika Tietke, Bio-Bäuerin und Geschäftsführerin des Bio Kartoffel Erzeuger e. V. Unter dem Motto „Bio-Kartoffeln von hier – 300 Tage im Jahr“[Read More…]

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Potato passion lives on in Peru

Potatoes account for 25 per cent of Peru’s agricultural gross domestic product, and are produced by large commercial operations on irrigated land north of the capital Lima and by traditional subsistence farmers in the Andes, where the tuber originated thousands of years ago. More than 4500 varieties of potatoes exist worldwide, with 2500 of these native to Peru. Far more[Read More…]

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