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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[Read More…]

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Potatoes top list of Kiwis’ favourite veges

The humble potato has pushed out the tomato to take the title of New Zealand’s favourite vegetable, figures reveal. According to the Statistics New Zealand’s Household Economic Survey, Kiwis spent more than $119 million on potatoes in the year to June 2013. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Russia set to resume imports of EU seed potatoes

Russia looks set to reopen its market to seed potatoes from the EU after coming under pressure from local growers ahead of the next growing season. Restrictions have been in force since July 1, but have had little impact on trade as Russian buyers secure almost all of their seed potato requirements in the first half of the year. More[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[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[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[Read More…]

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Chile: Aplicarán aeroponía para la producción de cultivos de patata en Aysén

Implementar un centro generador de semillas de patata a través de un sistema aeropónico de producción de minitubérculos en la Región de Aysén es el objetivo de una iniciativa cofinanciada por la Fundación para la Innovación Agraria (FIA), del Ministerio de Agricultura, con recursos del Fondo de Innovación para la Competitividad Regional (FIC-R). El proyecto —que tiene como asociados a[Read[Read More…]

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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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