Bruised potato tubers may result in increased shrinkage in storage, more disease, loss of product, less consumer appeal, and lower prices to the producer. Although most tuber damage occurs during harvest, not all management practices pertaining to minimizing bruise damage is confined to the harvest period. In article, William Bohl at the Univ of Idaho discusses management practices focused on minimizing bruise damage.
A CARTOON portraying Prime Minister Julia Gillard and senior ministers Joe Ludwig and Craig Emerson as children playing a video game has been launched by the potato industry as part of its war to block imports of New Zealand potatoes. AUSVEG, an industry body representing Australia's 9000 vegetable growers has been fighting a biosecurity proposal to lift a 24-year import ban — under strict quarantine rules — in response to a six-year campaign to allow New Zealand potatoes to be processed into chips here. The industry fears its crops could be devastated by zebra chip disease if the ban is lifted.
Trotz steigender Nachfrage und verhaltenen Ernteprognosen kämpfen die Ökobauern mit fallenden Preisen bei Biokartoffeln. Bioland berichtet von nicht kostendeckenden Erzeugerpreisen. "Vom Handel werden zum Saisonstart zum Teil Erzeugerpreise geboten, mit denen eine kostendeckende Produktion nicht möglich ist. Wer einheimische Biokartoffeln möchte, muss auch bereit sein, faire Preise zu zahlen", stellt Harald Gabriel, Geschäftsführer vom Bioland Landesverband Niedersachsen/Bremen fest.
A potato merchant in the UK has created a mobile app that allows retailers and processors - and potentially consumers - to access crop traceability data. Phillip Kemp, founder of Mercian, had initially developed the app to make “our life easier” when planning deliveries. It had evolved into a “comprehensive potato traceability scheme,” said Kemp, allowing buyers to access a range of information including variety, weight, date of planting, spraying schedule and CO2 emissions. (Source:
With the aim to modernise agricultural infrastructure and agricultural practices, especially in potato cultivation and value addition, an MOU was signed between the Dutch Potato Cluster (DPC) and Chandra Shekhar Azad (CSA) University Of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur. The MoU broadly includes Technology Transfer to enhance the productivity levels and reduce the pre and post-harvest losses and yield gap analysis to enhance the productivity levels. Researchers from Wageningen University, Holland, will carry out these studies and research in cooperation with CSA University, the release said. As part of the MoU, Netherlands Agro Food and Technology Centre (NAFTC) said it would organise training of farmers in last week of October before the planting of potato in November.
De export van consumptie- en industrie aardappelen op Europese bestemmingen verloopt alles behalve soepel, zo blijkt uit de cijfers van de Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO). Veel meer succes wordt er geboekt bij de afzet op Afrika. Na België, tot en met augustus, de belangrijkste afnemer. Tot en met augustus slaagden de Nederlandse exporteurs er in om 92.233 ton aardappelen over de grens af te zetten. Een min van 6,1 procent in vergelijking met een jaar terug.
Although herbicide-resistant weeds have captured headlines in many trade publications the past few years, another type of resistance is becoming increasingly important - fungicide resistance. In the latest Focus on Potato, Barry Jacobsen, a plant pathology professor at Montana State University, tackles the subject with the potato industry in mind, according to a news release.
The final value of Idaho's 2013 potato crop was $1.02 billion, up 2 percent from 2012. In Oregon, the 2013 potato crop was valued at $189 million, up 4 percent from last year. Washington's 2013 potato crop was valued at $792 million, up 13 percent from 2012.
China’s Yuanda Enterprise Group announced last week that it had bought the Israeli company AutoAgronome Israel Ltd for $20 million in order to expand its business to high-tech agriculture. The Israeli company produces smart irrigation and fertilization systems that are successfully used with 70 different types of crops in 13 countries including the United Kingdom. “The movement to new technology is huge. Every year, the area of drip irrigation system farming in China increases about 20 percent, which is more than all in Israel and Europe together. It’s a huge market in China,” said Nissim Daniely, the general manager of AutoAgronom in China Daily.
Potatoes, it turns out, are political. At least in the cutthroat world of food and nutrition where, increasingly, what we eat is a highly partisan, hotly debated and frustratingly gridlocked battle pitting health policy types against one another. Here’s where the potatoes come in: On one side of the battle, you’ll find politicians, farmers and advocates lobbying for potatoes to become a part of the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, saying they are cheap and potentially nutritious. On the other, you’ll find researchers, including many doctors from the Institute of Medicine, steering patients away from potatoes and saying that Americans are currently consuming too much of the starchy vegetable.
Zufrieden mit dem Gemeinschaftstand der hiesigen Kartoffelwirtschaft auf der PotatoEurope 2014 haben sich die Union der Deutschen Kartoffelwirtschaft (UNIKA) und der Deutsche Kartoffelhandelsverband (DKHV) in ihrem Fazit zu der Ausstellung gezeigt. Als eines der wichtigsten Grundnahrungsmittel, aber auch als geschätzter Industrierohstoff verfüge die Kartoffel angesichts der steigenden Weltbevölkerung über große Potentiale zur Bekämpfung des Hungers, betonte der UNIKA-Vorstandsvorsitzende Martin Umhau im Rückblick auf die Messe.
Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co., Ltd and Farm Frites signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in Wudan Town, Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia in China. The joint venture, which will be called 'Inner Mongolia Linkage Farm Frites Co., Ltd.', will build a new fry factory and will mainly cater to the high-end market in China.
Farmers and environmental groups on Prince Edward Island learned the advantages of more precise fertilizer application Thursday. The people on the tour spent the day seeing the results of the 4R method of fertilizing. The method involves using the right source of nutrients, applied at the right rate, in right time and right place. “The end goal is to try to find a way to do the job better from both an environmental point of view and profitability point of view for the grower,” said Steve Watts of Genesis Crop Systems.
The dates have been set for Potato Week 2014, and running from 6-12 October the campaign will celebrate the humble potato and encourage mums to ‘trade-up’ from generic whites to named varieties. Run by Potato Council for the benefit of the supply chain, the Week will focus on helping consumers shop for potatoes far more intuitively; choosing varieties based on taste, texture and how they perform rather than price or appearance.
At the moment it is still relatively calm in the potato market. A large part of the potatoes still has to be harvested. According to Jurgen Duthoo of Bart's Potato Company they are delaying this for as long as possible. "This is because the daily prices are low. I expect everything that can be stored to be stored. Growers are still hoping the price might improve a little later." The weather conditions for harvesting at quite good.
De aardappeloogst in Engeland verloopt voorspoedig, was vorig jaar aan het begin van week 38 23.000 hectare van het areaal gerooid dit seizoen is dat al 31.000 hectare. Net als op het continent zijn de weersomstandigheden prima en daarmee de oogstomstandigheden. Een groot deel van de aardappelpercelen is inmiddels uitgeroeid.
20/20 Global, Inc., a Nevada corporation which provides services for the wholesale fresh produce industry, announced today that it has signed potato and onion contracts with one of the largest food service companies in North America. The potato contract is for 12 months totaling 780,000 cases or approximately 39,000,000 pounds of Idaho potatoes.
Idaho spud farmers say tuber sizes appear to be smaller and yields are average, at best, as they commence their 2014 harvest, but they’ve generally been pleased by crop quality. In Eastern Idaho’s Pleasant Valley area, Ritchey Toevs said ideal spring growing conditions led potato plants to set a large number of tubers. Though he said his spuds appear in good shape and should store well, he believes potatoes in his area didn’t add much bulk during a cool and cloudy August.
Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co., Ltd. en Farm Frites hebben vandaag een samenwerkingsovereenkomst getekend om gezamenlijk een joint venture in Wudan Town, Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia in China op te richten. Linkage zal voor 75% deelnemen en Farm Frites voor 25% in het kapitaal.
A EUROPEAN farm body has called for ‘unfair’ restrictions on EU potato exports to be lifted. At a seminar in Brussels last week Copa-Cogeca pointed to the issues producers were facing with sliding prices. The price pressures are being compounded by the Russian trade embargo and UK farmers are being hit with long-term consumption declines.
MORE than 20 potato growers met in Devonport this week to be updated on the latest industry research and development, and to learn from senior researchers at the Regional Potato Levy Payers' Meeting. A highlight of the meeting was a presentation by senior researcher for the South Australian research and Development Institute, Barbara Hall. With a special focus on Pink Rot, detailing the biology and management options available.
The hills of Chencha in southern Ethiopia, over 2,700m above sea level, are not a place where you might expect the Irish potato to be thriving underground. But in a country where most farmers work on small plots, providing just enough to feed themselves and their family, the humble spud is a popular crop. In fact, it is estimated there are one million potato farmers in Ethiopia, planting approximately 160,000 hectares annually.
During this year's Potato Europe in Germany, HZPC was one of the exhibitors. In its stand, various potato varieties were shown, but the emphasis was on Annabelle. "This variety has been in existence for a number of years, but it still has a lot of potential," says Feico Born, product manager Retail Fresh. "We began with this potato in Southern Germany, after which we expanded into other European countries, such as the Netherlands, France and Finland. Now Annabelle is being sold in 14 countries already."
Bruce Huffaker, publisher of the North American Potato Market News (NAPMN) is forecasting the North Dakota potato crop to be up 1.9 million hundredweight (8.8%) compared to 2013. Minnesota will see a 1.5 million cwt. increase (11.7%). Huffaker reports that August rains, lack of heat stress and 4,000 fewer abandoned acres will all contribute to North Dakota's crop being larger than earlier predicted.
The state government's claim that there is adequate stock of potato in cold storages across the state has failed to bring down the astronomical price of the tuber. Suspicions have arisen about massive hoarding activities by unscrupulous traders, in the absence of an effective monitoring mechanism.
Food products company, ConAgra Foods, Inc. ( CAG ), is scheduled to report first-quarter fiscal 2015 (ended Aug 2014) results on Sep 18 before the market opens. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 35 cents per share. ConAgra Foods displayed substantial efforts to expand its international operations in first-quarter fiscal 2015. The company acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited, the Mongolia-based potato processor.
Doug Ohlemeier The Idaho Potato Commission has appointed two new leaders and reappointed another. Randy Hardy of Hardy Farms in Oakley, Idaho, and Nick Blanksma, a Hammett, Idaho, grower, are scheduled to be formally sworn in at the Eagle-based organization’s October meeting. Mike Christensen of Melba, Idaho, returns to the board for another term, according to a news release.
This is National Potato Month. Many of the potatoes that make their way onto America's dinner plates, into French fries or into potato chip bags come from Michigan. There's some pretty interesting research and development happening right now, all focused on the honest, humble potato. We found out more from the man known on the Michigan State campus as "Mr. Potato Prof."
AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Crisps brand. A brand new design concept has been created with a new Kent Crisps logo and each flavour displays a captivating image of Kent to emphasize the provenance of the garden of England and the heritage of these quintessentially British Crisps.
Branston potato factory handles around 350,000 tonnes of potatoes per year, and is now working hard to offer healthy eating education and innovation. From this week, and with the help of their new mascot Billy Branston, they’ll be touring the country on their ‘Amazing Potato Factory’ tour bus in order to share the potato process with children across the UK., de Zwitserse website over de aardappel, heeft een nieuw uiterlijk gekregen, meldt de Zwitserse website Passend bij de actuele postercampagne presenteert de website zich in een nieuwe, frisse look. Zo kunnen alle wetenswaardigheden rondom de aardappel nu nog overzichtelijker en gebruiks-vriendelijker bekeken worden, schrijft de brancheorganisatie Swisspatat in een mededeling.
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