Potato growers are set to benefit from a new pre-emergence residual active this season, to control broad-leaved and grassweeds. Praxim has now approved and contains the new residual active ingredient metobromuron, explains Belchim marketing and development manager Simon Leak. “It can be used pre-emergence right up to cracking of the ridges. Post-emergence use is not approved and trials have shown significant crop effects can occur when applied after emergence,” he explains.
Avebe and Ingredion on March 31 will end their distribution agreement for North America and Japan. The collaboration began in 2007 and at that time focused on sales of certain specialty product categories in North America and South America and for certain countries in Asia. While Veendam-based Avebe offers a specialty potato starch portfolio, Ingredion, Westchester, Ill., on Oct. 15, 2014, said it had agreed to buy Penford Corp., Centennial, Colo., for about $340 million. Penford also supplies specialty potato starches.
Idaho fresh potato packers expect 2015 will be a big year for the growing organic spud category. Officials with locally based Potandon Produce announced Feb. 24 their first produce line marketed under the Potandon Produce brand will feature 3-pound bags of organic russet, red and yellow potatoes. Wada Farms, which has facilities in Idaho Falls and Pingree, has been sourcing organic spuds from other growing areas for several years but plans to start producing its own Idaho-grown organic potatoes this season.
If Northern Ireland was to maintain a vigorous and possibly expanding seed potato trade growers had to come together to provide seed on a group basis using up-to-date methods of handling, dressing and storage, and even group methods, believed Mr C H Bullock, the general manager of the Northern Ireland Seed Potato Marketing Board.
A family-owned potato chip company is looking to no longer be the best kept secret of Northwest Ohio. Ballreich Bros. is looking to expand their distribution nationwide, and are being marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional potato chips. Ballreich is based in Tiffin, Ohio – a town nearly an hour outside of Toledo – and has signed a deal with Walmart and Dollar General to put two of its new, healthy products in nearly 6,000 stores nationwide. Ballreich’s products are sold primarily in Ohio and Michigan.
Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Since they do not have natural enemies in most potato producing regions, farmers try to control them with pesticides. However, this strategy is often ineffective because the pest has developed resistances against nearly all insecticides. Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and Chemical Ecology in Jena have shown that potato plants can be protected from herbivory using RNA interference (RNAi).
It was bound to happen. This isn't out of the blue. It makes perfectly good sense. In South Korea, McDonald's is rolling out honey butter french fries. Last fall, Honey Butter Chips exploded in popularity across the country. As The Korea Times reported, the chips contained "sweet, sweet honey from beehives" and French "gourmet butter." With rampant sell-outs and stores limiting one-bag-per-customer, the chips drew long queues and were even sold via online auctions. South Korea was swept with sweet, sweet honey fever. McDonald's is hoping to cash in on the craze.
Potsdamer Forscher haben Kartoffelpflanzen mit Molekülen ausgestattet, die in den Darmzellen des Kartoffelkäfers ein lebenswichtiges Gen ausschalten. Jetzt fressen sie, wohin man schaut, Kartoffelkraut, Kartoffelkraut. Die Stauden, erst so herrlich grün, sie werden kahl, sie schwinden hin. Der Bauer schreit: ,Was muss ich seh’n? Gleich wird’s Euch an den Kragen geh’n!‘ “ Was der Lyriker Josef Guggenmos einst im Versmaß androhte, haben deutsche Forscher jetzt in die Tat umgesetzt. Im Fachblatt „Science“ präsentieren sie eine Kartoffelpflanze, die Kartoffelkäfern den Appetit verdirbt.
This could have been the last year for the Malin Potato Co-op. Instead, the 52-year-old company is building a state-of-the-art, $7 million facility to move it into the future of agriculture. The building is 40,000 square feet and houses equipment from New Zealand, Slovakia, and Canada. The co-op found financing help from Washington Federal on the big, $7 million project. It hired Volm Companies, of Wisconsin, to design the facility.
Better relationships between potato growers and the rest of the supply chain are needed if the sector is to cope with its current downturn. The fresh potato industry has been hit by declining consumption combined with good production over the past two years which has led to dangerously high stocks, and a subsequent crash in price. The Potato Council has voiced concerns over how the stocks, estimated to be equivalent to two boxes per hectare in November, will be consumed by the industry, and sector chiefs have warned of the need for a 10 per cent cut in production in the forthcoming season.
The first potato line ever launched under the Potandon Produce ™ brand name will soon be available. Potandon Produce™ is proud to announce the launch of its newest brand, Potandon Produce™. For now, the brand will be used to market organic potatoes and will be available this week. “Growth in the organic sector has been double digits for over a decade with no real end in sight”, says Vice President of Marketing, Sales & Innovation Ralph Schwartz, “We wanted to help our customers capitalize on that trend and drive their organic potato sales to new levels, with a fresh and bold new bag design that their consumers would immediately bond with. The Organic segment gives the brand the identity we were looking for and we’re excited to see just how far it grows.”
Mack Farms Inc. is the latest potato grower-shipper to join the Fresh Solutions Network. The addition of the Lake Wales, Fla.-based company brings a major Southeast potato grower with significant early-season volume into the San Francisco-based Fresh Solutions Network, according to a news release. Mack grows primarily red potatoes, but also has yellows, whites, russets and fingerlings, as well as cabbage. McMelon Inc., a subsidiary, grows and packs watermelons.
The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a highly skilled, results-oriented Chief of Party to provide overall leadership and management for the implementation of the USAID funded Better Potato for Better Life (BPBL) project in Ethiopia. This position will also serve as the CIP Country Manager and represent CIP in Ethiopia to donors and partners. CIP is implementing the $5 million dollar Better Potato for a Better Life (BPBL) project to enhance rural income, food security, and nutrition in four regions of Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, and Tigray) through resilient and profitable sweetpotato and potato value chains.
A Canadian crop researcher hopesto use an innovative breeding method to produce new potato varieties from sterile Russet Burbank. Though Russet Burbank remains king of potato varieties 135 years after it was first developed, it’s functionally sterile and has seldom been used in breeding. Canadian researcher Danielle J. Donnelly is changing that with an unusual approach to breeding spuds from only one parent, called somaclonal selection.
New Zealand's national dish is under threat ... from a shortage of spuds. Potatoes New Zealand business manager Andrea Crawford said this season had been "a perfect storm". "The winter growing season was not a good one and the store of old potatoes that usually cover the seasonal gap before the new potatoes are ready was not available. "The weather before Christmas was cool and damp and then there have been drought conditions since." She said the number of growers had decreased each year but the acreage remained about the same.
Insort GmbH is one of the winners of the International FoodTec Awards in the category GOLD. Insort received the award for its Sherlock Food Analyser (Sherlock Analyst). The analytical data acquired in-line with the Analyst helps to automate the process of potato processing and significantly increase the quality and output. The peel scanning function, which makes it possible to control the steam peeling process for potatoes and thus enables the customer to save money, has already truly stood the test and helps to reduce peeling losses to a minimum. The measurement of the length and width enables accurate acquisition of the product dimensions.
Last week the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association held its banquet, which was attended by 249 people. The event included the passing of the chairman's gavel from Rick Vivatson of Cavalier, ND, to Don Suda, a chip and frozen processing potato grower from Grafton, ND. Additionally, Ron Norman was honored with the Meritorious Service Award. Grafton potato grower and North Dakota State Senator Tom Campbell presented the award to Norman, who spent nearly 50 years managing fresh washplants and seed operations for the Ryan Potato Co., Ron Offutt and most recently Campbell Farms and Kroeker Farms, all at the same facility in East Grand Forks, MN.
In Ghor Province, Afghanistan, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working closely with poor, smallholder potato farming families to help them achieve a more secure and prosperous livelihood. With the use of simple, affordable and locally available materials, CRS staff have introduced a new construction design and management practices for traditional potato storage pits that have significantly reduced potato storage losses from around 30% or more, on average, to less than 2% in most project communities. Fewer storage losses means more potatoes for family consumption and an adequate supply of higher quality seed for planting next year's crop.
As lawmakers prepare to set a fiscal year 2016 budget for University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, CALS Dean John Foltz is explaining to legislators how state funding for the college is helping Idaho’s farmers and ranchers. Foltz highlighted several research projects CALS scientists are working on that have or will benefit Idaho farmers and ranchers. CALS researchers have released 13 significant new potato varieties since 2004, Foltz said, and after the zebra chip disease was detected in potatoes in 2011, the college put together a 13-member team to address that issue. UI plant pathologists are also working on ways to prevent and control bacterial ring rot in potatoes, he said.
Domestic potato production could amount to 4.5 million tons this year, said the president of the Peruvian National Potato Producers Coordinator (Corpapa), Edilberto Soto Tenorio. He indicated that there would be approximately 215,000 hectares of potato cultivated in 2015 in 19 of the 24 regions. The main producing areas, he said, were Junin, Huanuco, Puno, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Cerro de Pasco and La Libertad. "Currently, the average yield is 12.5 tons per hectare. 8 years ago it was below 10 tons per hectare," he said.
The power has been switched on at a new turbine on the site of potato supplier Greenvale in March. The single turbine on Floods Ferry Road has a generation capacity of 1.5MW and will provide enough electricity to power the potato processing facility with some surplus power to the local electricity network. The turbine is now connected to the grid and to Greenvale’s electrical system with the company already using the power produced by the turbine in their facility.
Blue Sky Farms in St Johns County, Florida, along with 29 growers in the area, supply potatoes for the entire East Coast. We went to Blue Sky Farms to find out how they are protecting their cash crop. They told us they have had to cover their potatoes with extra dirt to protect them from the frost.
More than 1,000 pupils from across the north and north-east have embarked on a mission to grow their own potatoes. The Totally Tatties project is the brainchild of the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative (RNCI) – a rural education charity working with schools and teachers in Moray, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Each school has been given an education pack, project workbook and kit for growing the potatoes – the Safiyah variety – provided by Higgins Agricultural. The charity’s development officer Rachel Heydon said: “Teachers will have a dedicated link farmer who will talk to the class and advise on their tattie growing venture, and explain how produce is grown on a larger-scale, compared to the classroom sized version.
Columbia Basin potato processors slowed down during the West Coast port impasse, making fewer potatoes into french fries, hash browns and other potato products shipped around the world. Dockworkers reached a tentative contract agreement Friday, but the backlog at the ports could take months to unjam. Washington and Oregon potatoes processed as of the end of January dropped by about 6 percent, according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Indian government has relaxed the minimum export price (MEP) on potatoes that was initially introduced last June to stabilize domestic supply and contain inflation. Eight months later the availability of the country’s staple vegetable has increased and domestic prices eased. On June 26, 2014, an MEP of US$450 per metric ton (MT) was introduced as prices had increased by around US$0.37-0.50 per kg (2.2lbs) across several states and in the nation’s capital. The removal of the MEP came into effect on Feb. 19, 2015.
Canadian potato chip lovers are being asked to draw inspiration from their taste experiences in the country's regions to create a new flavour. That's the twist for the third year of the Lay's Do Us a Flavour contest. The suggested flavour should remind entrants of where they had a really memorable dish, whether in Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec or Atlantic Canada.
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