The proximity to market demand and a track record for producing quality produce has served as a catalyst for Michigan’s potato industry. Michigan potato production generates $1.67 billion in annual economic activity, according to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC). A combination of market forces has the industry on a track for continued growth, despite shifting consumer eating habits and threats related to a plant disease, sources said.
Continued wet August weather has caused late blight infections to proliferate throughout Eastern Idaho, according to University of Idaho Extension potato pathologist Phil Nolte. As of Aug. 26, Nolte said eight fields in Fremont, Madison, Bingham, Bonneville and Power counties had confirmed cases of late blight, which thrives in high humidity. Based on reports from crop consultants and field men who have been out scouting fields for the disease, however, Nolte is certain infections are far more rampant.
When the kid lost a fingertip in an accident, the doctor admonished his parents for not saving it for reattachment. He was told the chickens ate it. He was J.R. "Jack" Simplot, Idaho's Potato King. The kid went on to become the richest man in Idaho. When he was 20 years old, he had a dispute with a business partner and they flipped a coin for a $252 potato sorter. Jack won and was in the potato and vegetable processing business. That was the start of one of the world's largest agribusinesses and launched him on his way to becoming a multi-billionaire.
One of most important events in the potato industry, Potato Europe, will be held for the 3rd time in Bockerode, Germany on 3 and 4 September. More than 10.000 visitors are expected during these 2 days. Dewulf will demonstrate its complete range with the new RA3060, Kwatro and RJA2060. Dewulf equipment specialists are happy to meet you to discover the harvesters during the demonstrations and will gladly welcome you at their booth, GC44.
The West Bengal Government will impose restriction on potato supply to neighbouring States again from Sunday in wake of a three-day strike called by its potato traders. The Bengal Government has also decided to install close circuit TV cameras (CCTVs) in border areas and toll gates to check illegal movement of potato laden trucks to Odisha and other States. Earlier, hundreds of potato trucks managed to find an alternative route to enter Odisha.
Nach der historisch kleinen Ernte 2013 zeichnet sich für 2014 eine überdurchschnittliche Kartoffelernte ab. Die Hauptsorge wird das Verhindern von Fäulnis sein. Die Richtpreise liegen unter dem Niveau des Vorjahres. Am 18. und 19. August 2014 haben die Vertreter von Produktion, Handel und Industrie der Swisspatat in allen Regionen der Schweiz über 1100 repräsentative Kartoffelmuster von sämtlichen relevanten Sorten ausgewertet. Die Resultate dienen als Grundlage für die Ernteschätzung 2014.
Potato value sales have fallen for the first time since early 2012, as a huge spike in promotional activity has weighed down prices. According to the Potato Council, 40% of all fresh potatoes were sold on deal compared with 14% a year ago. This contributed to average prices falling by 9.9% and value by 12.3% over the period.
With the main potato harvest fast approaching, and the prospect of a good supply of high-quality potatoes, damage tolerances are expected to be tight. It is therefore important the crop reaches customers in the best possible condition. Stuart Smith of Grimme gives us his 10 top tips for keeping damage to a minimum during harvest.
Seed potatoes supplied by the Horticulture wing of Agriculture department to farmers of Bhadrak district for cultivation have been consumed by them. They, apparently, found these seed potatoes less priced than its retail rate in the market.
In the potato market, growers and traders live from day to day. "It's very unpredictable at the moment", Bart Nemegheer of the Aardappelhoeve laments. "Demand is good, but prices are far below par. There is too much supply, and I expect that will last a while yet. At least until the entire yield is harvested. Then we'll have to wait and see what happens. Will there be export, how will the potatoes hold? What is the influence on the market?"
A farming business in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat has introduced its first ten tons of potatoes grown without soil to the market in an ambitious effort to drive away Chinese products from Vietnam’s vegetables hub. The director ended up adopting the hydroponic technology, an agricultural method that does not require soil.
The U.S. Potato Board remains positive about export growth and retail programs in the U.S. and abroad, even with the setbacks in the Mexico export deal. John Toaspern, chief marketing officer, and Sarah Reece, global retail marketing manager, spoke to a full room at the 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower-Shipper Association. Export numbers for the 2013-14 season made it a record year for U.S. potato exports, Toaspern said. Exports include seed, fresh, dehydrated and frozen potatoes.
The 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower-Shipper Association had a good mix of business and fun lined up for attendees. Attendance at the annual event, Aug. 27-29, was up this year, said IGSA president Mark Klompien. Seminar topics Aug. 27 included a discussion of genetically modified organism by Kate Hall of the Washington, D.C.-based Biotechnology Industry Organization. She discussed the need for the biotech industry to engage with consumers on the Web and in social media to “redefine the conversation.” The potato industry is set to join that conversation in earnest when the U.S. Department of Agriculture gives approval to the first generation of Innate potatoes, the genetically engineered potatoes that Boise, Idaho-based Simplot has been developing for 14 years.
THE grain aphid could become a threat to seed potato crops, visitors to PiP heard. Grain aphids with resistance to commonly-used pyrethroid insecticides have been appearing in increasing numbers across England. Analysis of aphids caught in suction traps revealed the presence of pyrethroid-resistant grain aphids in Scotland in 2012.
Australian potato growers are set to gain fresh insights into how consumers view their products as part of a new market research project that has started this month. The Potato Tracker project, being undertaken by leading research agency, Colmar Brunton, will determine what drives Australian consumer behaviour and consumption habits in relation to potatoes.
Tuv Province’s Jargalant soum is set to launch potato starch and chips factories next year to reduce waste and increase profit in the region. Small potatoes, which are disposed of without use, will be used for both productions, while the factories will also decrease financial risks at times when potato prices plummet.
Britain has “significantly underestimated” the risk that crop pests pose to its food supply. Fungi and viruses present so great a danger to staples such as wheat and potatoes that they may force the nation to change its diet, an academic has warned. The rise of deadly pests poses a threat to the world’s entire food system, but the UK is among the most vulnerable countries, according to a new study from the University of Exeter.
De biologische aardappeltelers in Duitsland klaagden in week 33 al over veel te lage telersprijzen, maar afgelopen week kwam de grote schok: de prijs is nogmaals duidelijk naar beneden gegaan, meldt de Duitse website Proplanta.de.
Provincial and federal agriculture officials are taking measures to protect Prince Edward Island's potato crops from a new strain of blight that is taking a toll on backyard tomatoes. The first case of late blight was confirmed in a potato field in the Freetown area on Tuesday. Agriculture Canada researchers are identifying different strains of late blight. A strain known as US-23 is now the main culprit.
The Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation has decided to set up a vodka manufacturing plant in collaboration with a Russian-based liquor company in Kannauj district. Kannauj is the parliamentary constituency of Dimple Yadav, wife of UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Official sources informed that the vodka plant, worth nearly Rs 800 crore, will be set up on 120 acres of land which will be provided by the UPSIDC.
Trotz des durchwachsenen Wetters in den vergangenen Monaten rechnen die Bayerischen Erzeugergemeinschaften für Kartoffeln mit mittleren bis guten Erträgen. Die bevorstehende Ernte und die Vermarktungsschancen der Bayerischen Kartoffeln standen beim Landesmarktgespräch am Dienstag, 26. August 2014, der bayerischen Kartoffelerzeuger in Langenbruck im Mittelpunkt.
Potato and tomato growers are on high alert after the fungal disease responsible for the Irish potato famine was reported in Saskatoon and Outlook earlier this week. “You can basically consider that the entire province is at risk right now. This is a disease that has the potential to move very, very quickly,” said David Waterer, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s vegetable program.
Residents in north-east Tasmania said they were concerned a proposed organic potato processing factory in East Devonport could expose them to asbestos. Resident Tony Butler said the old Tascot carpet factory was unsuitable for food processing due to asbestos contamination.
Many people have experienced the brown potato chip. It looks spoked or ringed and usually tastes bitter. It can be natural or the result of being chilled, but it also comes from a disease which is being spread by bugs from the Southern United States and Mexico. Now, using funding from two grants received this year, University of Texas at Tyler is working to stop the spread of "zebra chips." In the past decade farmers from Central America to the U.S. have lost millions of dollars from failed crops because of the disease.
Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Nikolaev yesterday proposed constructing a cold store in Chittagong to export disease-free potatoes to Russia. Potato exports from Bangladesh to Russia are on the rise as demand is high, Nikolaev told reporters after a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed at the latter's secretariat office in Dhaka.
Der 22-jährige Thomas Birmes ist nun Agrarbetriebstwirt. Er möchte den Hof seiner Eltern in Kempen übernehmen. 1990 spezialisierte sich Johannes Birmes auf den Anbau, die Lagerung und die Direktvermarktung von Kartoffeln. „Wir setzten auf Qualität statt auf Quantität“, sagt Thomas Birmes. Oft würden sich Betriebe auf eine Kultur spezialisieren, um ein höher wertiges Produkt zu erzielen.
HZPC has decided to end its participation in HZPC Sverige AB (Sweden, Billdal). Reason for the decision is insufficient profitability, caused by the slow modernization of the Swedish Seed potato market. Through several distributors, HZPC varieties will continue to be available on the Swedish Seed potato market. Going forward, seed potatoes for the Swedish market will be grown in Finland and the Netherlands or in one of the other seven European countries where HZPC is producing seed potatoes.
Andy Jensen, tri-state research director for the Idaho, Oregon and Washington potato commissions, is leading the Potato Association of America as president. Jensen says his priority for his one-year term is to promote and report the best potato science possible.
Moutoa potato farmer Tony Parlato is a new board member of NZ Potatoes and has been growing potatoes for 20 years. He farms at Moutoa, in Manawatu, with his brother and father as well as two fulltime staff, and he employs about six people seasonally. Parlato talks freely about the potato industry. But talking is new to him as a new board member of Potatoes New Zealand.
Mexican marketing campaigns remain in a holding pattern as the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee awaits further word on the border fully reopening for potato exports from the San Luis Valley, according to CPAC Assistant Director Linda Weyers. Weyers said in mid-August, "We're playing the waiting game right now," noting the committee was awarded a USDA specialty crop block grant early this year to research consumer-direct marketing programs for its Mexican trade.
The Herbert Oculus next generation optical sorter for washed potatoes and Herbert GF2 box filler will be centre stage on Herbert Engineering’s stand at this year’s Potato Europe in Hanover from September, 3-4. Both machines are top sellers throughout Europe.
Eine Versuchsstation nur für die Kartoffel – natürlich muss sie in der Lüneburger Heide beheimatet sein. Aus Dethlingen, am Rande des Truppenübungsplatzes Munster, erhalten Kartoffelanbauer Tipps für Anbau, Pflege, Ernte und Lagerung der Kartoffeln. Wichtige Impulse gibt es von hier zudem für Züchter, Verarbeitungsunternehmen oder Landtechniker. Sie alle arbeiten nach Mitteilung des Landvolk-Pressedienstes in Forschung und Beratung zusammen. Eng verbunden ist die Versuchsstation mit der Förderungsgemeinschaft der Kartoffelwirtschaft (FG), dem heutigen Trägerverein Dethlingens.
Assets of a £9m-turnover pre-packaged potato supplier were bought out of administration for £79,000, according to a new report, but creditors could be facing a shortfall of more than £2m. Peter O'Hara and Simon Weir, joint administrators at O'Hara & Co, were appointed to Rotherham-headquartered Holme Farm Produce Ltd on 21 July 2014. They tied up a pre-pack deal with Holme Farm (Yorkshire) which safeguarded more than 40 jobs.
A meeting was held Monday for McCain Foods workers who will lose their jobs when the plant in Borden-Carleton shuts down at the end of October, Prince Edward Island government officials say. About 72 of the 121 workers affected along with some spouses attended the meeting, said Skills PEI, organizer of the event that was held at the Kinkora and Kanata Club.
The ban on the import of British fruit and vegetables to Russia, over the Ukraine crisis, has been partially lifted in order to allow British seed potatoes to be exported to Russia. VoR's Jim Ensom spoke to Robert Burns, head of seed and export at the Potato Council, who explained it was a growing market that has huge potential for both countries. Russia imposed a ban on Russia banned all US and EU meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables in response to western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. The ban also affected Australia, Canada and Norway.
The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes - the new record set in 2013/14. While the majority of seed potatoes exported from Britain are from Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland, the organisation said that Yorkshire is an up-and-coming producer and exporter of high quality seed potatoes with an increasing amount grown in the Yorkshire Wolds.
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