A group of 16 Canadian and American growers recently journeyed to observe how they grow processing potatoes in Argentina. The growers — 10 from New Brunswick and six from Maine — were accompanied by three Canadian and American executives from McCain Foods as they toured Argentinean potato farming and production facilities this past January. The week-long visit took place in the Balcarce region of Argentina, the main processing potato growing area of the country that’s a five hour drive or so southeast of Buenos Aires. The group visited farms that supply potatoes for the McCain Argentina plant, which produces french fries largely destined for export to Brazil. Finding a location where potatoes are grown in January was one of the reasons for the South American destination. According to Yves Leclerc, McCain’s director of agronomy for North America, another compelling reason to visit Argentina was the interesting dynamic that characterizes potato production in that country.
Aerial blackleg can look like stem and petiole late blight and is being reported in some potato crops in the southern growing areas of Michigan. The bacterium tends to affect single stems and can be distinguished from late blight by the absence of a disease focus, so usually only a single stem on an isolated plant is obvious. The margin between the disintegrated and sound tissue is clear and nearly odorless. However, secondary rots, such as Clostridium spp. andPseudomonas spp., invade the damaged and diseased tissue, causing the rot to progress quickly through the stem and possibly develop into a chalky-white, foul-smelling, slimy mass.
The gathering in Othello was all about growing potatoes in the Columbia Basin. The Washington State Potato Commission and Washington State University’s Othello Research Station held its annual Potato Field Day on Thursday. The commission and university have collaborated on research and improving potato farming in the state since 1963. The event let researchers provide farmers and other industry members with reports of how different varieties of potato seeds performed during independent trial testing.
For growers in the Kenai Peninsula’s developing agriculture industries in Alaska, exporting internationally is still an option. A Division of Agriculture inspector position that issues phytosanitary certifications, or phytos, which are required by some importing countries, has been restored indefinitely, after it was on the table during this year’s budget cut discussions. “I put it forward because we had to make cuts,” said Division of Agriculture Director Franci Havemeister. “I had to make hard decisions. Everyone was looking at cuts across the board.” Talk of cutting the position sparked concerns with some local producers who are in the middle of developing or considering supplying to international markets.
Hagelstormen hebben op grote schaal schade aangericht in Oostenrijk en vooral in de provincies van Burgenland, Steiermark en het zuiden van Oostenrijk. Wijngaarden, graslanden en landbouwgrond hebben flinke klappen gekregen. In totaal is er in heel Oostenrijk 13.000 hectare door de hagel geraakt en ligt de schade rond de €2 miljoen.
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has awarded the state’s potato industry more than $340,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Research Block Grants toward international marketing, potato nutrition research and efforts to identify breeding material resistant to pale cyst nematode. ISDA awarded more than $1.74 million to support 16 projects in 2015. Final approval by USDA is expected in September, and the funding should be available by Nov. 1, according to ISDA. The Idaho Potato Commission applied for two of the chosen spud projects. IPC President and CEO Frank Muir explained the $125,000 PCN grant will be used to collaborate with researchers in South America and Europe, where the hardy pest is prevalent, to identify resistant potato germplasm to support regional breeding, aimed at developing the first PCN-resistant Russet.
The global french fry trade grew 12.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the North American Potato Market News (NAPMN). It reports major exporters shipped 1.46 billion pounds of french fries and other frozen potato products to countries outside of their local trade zones during the January-March quarter. That’s a 160 million pound increase from the first quarter of 2014.
Various wild species germplasm has been used in European potato breeding since the first introduction of potato to Europe. As the plant cytoplasmic genome including chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes is transmitted only through the maternal parent, cytoplasmic markers are useful tools in breeding programs to determine cytoplasmic genome types and to trace maternal ancestors. The potato cytoplasmic genome can be distinguished into six distinct types (M, P, A, W, T, and D). These wild species were frequently used to incorporate superior pathogen resistance genes. As a result, the percentage of these two types is increasing unintentionally in the European germplasm pool.
Die Kartoffel ist auf dem Vormarsch in die chinesische Nahrungsmittelkette. Nach etlichen gescheiterten Versuchen ist es der VR endlich gelungen, die Knolle in Form von gedämpftem Brot unters breite Volk und in dessen täglichen Speiseplan zu bringen. Nach zweijährigen Bemühungen ist es der Volksrepublik nun gelungen, die Kartoffel als festen Bestandteil im Mantou, dem typischen chinesischen gedämpften Brot, und damit in der täglichen Nahrungskette seiner Bewohner zu verankern. Am Dienstag gab das Landwirtschaftsministerium bekannt, dass die nationale Strategie, nämlich die Kartoffel als Grundnahrungsmittel zu fördern und landesweit zu verbreiten, auf einem guten Wege ist und diese in naher Zukunft Reis, Weizen und Mais als Grundnahrungsmittel großflächig ergänzen wird.
The potato industry in the eastern province of Canada, Prince Edward Island, has been dealing with a number of cases of metal objects being inserted into fresh market potatoes. There have been metal objects found in potatoes in all four Atlantic provinces. Alex Docherty, farmer and chairperson of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, said the metal objects found in some potatoes will cost the affected farms about $1 million in lost sales and will cost in the area of $5 million to equip farmers with the proper equipment to detect foreign objects. “This is terrorism; food terrorism. We’re dealing with pretty radical people,” Docherty said.
The North Dakota farmers convicted of potato insurance fraud last winter should cough up proceeds from an equipment auction sale last week, a federal prosecutor said. A federal trial jury in December 2014 found brothers Aaron Scott Johnson and Derek Martin Johnson, both originally from Northwood, N.D., guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud involving federal crop insurance and federal crop disaster programs, as well as making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and to law enforcement. They were sentenced to prison on April 7 and ordered to forfeit $932,776. The brothers are both inmates at the federal prison camp in Duluth, Minn.
The 2014 crop year is slowly coming to an end with an EU-5 yield of 28.6 million tonnes – over 4 million tonnes more than the previous year – due to extended acreage combined with optimal weather conditions. These North West European countries include the UK, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. A lack of demand for the exportation of fresh potatoes and over supply from the growers meant there was a significant surplus of crop, leading to low prices.
The low European ware potato prices, which clearly stayed behind compared to previous years, influenced the seed potato prices for Crop 2014. This effect is partly compensated by the sales oversea, which ran again successfully. HZPC has set the standard with its forecasted price this year, and with the present final growers price, this standard is even slightly exceeded. The average price of all varieties for the seed potatoes in class E based on delivery in autumn, is € 28.32 per 100 kilo before deduction of the breeders fee and excluding VAT. Growers grow and deliver from classes S until A. The average price of all these classes is € 28.81, because relatively more seed potatoes are grown and delivered in the higher classes and the prices are higher for these classes.
De in het Noordoosten van China gelegen provincie Heilongjiang subsidieert boeren bij de export van aardappelen naar Rusland. Dat meldt een Russische website baikalfinans.com. Om de aardappelproductie in de provincie uit te breiden is er voor bedrijven, cooperaties en telers geld beschikbaar om de beste aardappelen naar Rusland te brengen. De Chinese provincie grenst aan Rusland en wordt beschouwd als de graanschuur van het land. Daarnaast is het van de belangrijkste regios voor de teelt van aardappelen. De oppervlakte bedraagt meer dan 280.000 hectare aardappelen. Naar verwachting zal er voor 18.000 hectare subsidie worden betaald. (Bron: Boerenbusiness.nl)
Potato growers in West Australia will not dig in for a fight with the State Government over deregulation but have warned they face financial ruin unless there is an orderly transition to an open market. The growers have emerged from meetings in the South West saying they will work with the Government on deregulation in 2017 if it enforces laws on the planting and distribution of potatoes in the meantime. Potato Growers Association of WA president Dean Ryan said most of about 80 growers reluctantly accepted reform was inevitable, but wanted protection from recent overplanting that resulted in prices plunging and hundreds of tonnes of potatoes being dumped.
A company has introduced a novel potato version of a classic Chinese snack to Beijing supermarkets, as the government tries to stave off a potential food crisis by persuading people of the merits of potatoes as an alternative to rice and wheat. Steamed buns with 30 percent potato content can be found in around 100 supermarkets in the capital, reported Beijing News on Monday. They cost twice as much as traditional steamed buns. Producer Haileda Food Co., Ltd. is currently making one ton of the potato buns each day. If they are well received, Haileda will increase output and expand distribution, the manufacturer said. It also plans to raise the proportion of potato in the buns.
Bucharest, June 17-19: Romania’s Capital was the host of the International Potato Processing and Storage Convention, an exclusive event that succeeded in bringing together in the same room key personalities from the vibrant world of potatoes. The emphasis of the Convention was set from the very beginning on creating a stream of valuable ideas and developing valid solutions for the entire potato business spectrum. The Speaker’s Program consisted of high-impact presentations and case studies on the event’s main theme: Dynamic industry solutions – looking into the competitive future of potato processing and storage.
Egypt’s Consumer Protection Authority (CPA) suspended on Tuesday a television advertisement over its abusive content, reported state news agency MENA. The television advertisement for Fox potato chips featured a father slapping his son, which represents a violation of the decree for the specification standards 484 for the year 2005, Atef Yaqoub, head of the authority, told MENA.
Lamb Weston announces in a press release today the launch of a new global brand identity expressed by the tagline “Seeing Possibilities in Potatoes”. The launch aligns Lamb Weston operations worldwide under a common brand vision, describing how Lamb Weston brings value to its customers’ business. Extensive research in more than seven countries around the globe shows what makes Lamb Weston stand out: their inventiveness.
The federal and Prince Edward Island governments are investing another $2 million to assist the Prince Edward Island potato industry in its efforts to prevent tampered potatoes from making it to market. Gail Shea, P.E.I.’s representative in the federal cabinet, announced Ottawa’s $1.5-million Monday morning at the P.E.I. Potato Board office in Charlottetown. The money will go to metal detection technology, both on farms and at potato processing plants. The industry has been dealing with a number of cases of metal objects being inserted into potatoes.
Hundreds of volunteers joined together Saturday in Stevens Point with the hope of feeding infants around the world. Representatives of local churches and the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association sponsored the 5th annual “Feed My Starving Children” potato packing event. For three two-hour shifts, the volunteers packed 100,000 servings of potato meals that the group says are essential to feed infants ages 7-12 months old that are transitioning from mother’s milk to other solid foods like rice.
Potato crops that have been held in check by the cold weather are expected to put on a surge of new growth after any rain or irrigation when conditions warm up. But a rapid expansion in the leaf area will stretch the protection of blight fungicides, at a time when risk is likely to significantly increase, warns Syngenta Technical Manager, Stephen Williams. He advocated growers and agronomists should be looking to utilise the movement of Revus fungicide into expanding leaf growth, to offer extending protection from infection between applications.
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