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In this issue, learn about a new strain of Alfalfa Mosaic Virus that causes necrosis in tubers. You’ll also read about UAVs and how these ‘eyes in the sky’ are about to fundamentally change how potato farmers see, interact with and manage their crops. And, read all about how two wireworm experts have developed innovative traps that target the adult stage of wireworms, called click beetles.

 

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2017 Northeast Potato Technology Fourm

The 24th Annual 2017 Northeast Potato Technology Fourm is being held March 15-16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in downtown Fredericton. The Northeast Potato Technology Forum is an annual event that provides potato researchers, extension specialists and industry representatives from Atlantic Canada and Northeastern United States an opportunity to discuss potato research and exchange technical information of benefit to the potato industry. Participation is open to all private and…

Spud-based research taking root at University of Lethbridge

Lab-based research gets underway Jan. 16 at the University of Lethbridge for the school’s new research chair in potato science. Dmytro Yevtushenk​o is a plant biologist who has studied potatoes for more than 25 years. He took up the new research chair position last January. “It’s a pleasure to work with potatoes. There’s so much information out there about potatoes,” said Yevtushenk​o. His first year was spent crafting new courses that will train the…

Oz farmer serves up potato ice cream

Forget mashed, baked or fried — potato ice cream is just one of the recipes whipped up from the country kitchen of Australian spud growers Phil and Val Murphy. For more than a century, the rolling plains of rich, red earth in the heart of Gippsland, Victoria, have been prime spud-growing territory. Tons of potatoes are trucked out during harvest time from January to June and served up to shops and supermarkets…

U.S. Potato Growers Select 2017 National Potato Council Leadership

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2017 annual meeting Jan. 6-7 in San Francisco, Dwayne Weyers of Aspen Produce, LLC, in Center, Colorado, was elected to serve as NPC’s 2017 president and to lead the council’s executive committee. As president, Weyers will host the 2017 NPC summer meeting in Denver. The executive committee holds office for one calendar year. NPC delegates approved Daniel Chin of Klamath Falls, Oregon, as the new vice-president…

Idaho potato outlook somewhat brighter in 2017

For Idaho growers looking for a bright spot in 2017, potatoes might be that crop — if potatoes are already part of the rotation. Though Idaho and Washington are still the leading potato growing states, Idaho’s share has been slowly diminishing over time. Back in 1990, when Idaho growers planted 405,000 acres of potatoes, the Gem State represented 32 to 33 percent of the nation’s entire potato acres, said Ryan Larsen, an extension…

Registration Open for Potato Conference in Idaho

The 49th annual Potato Conference, sponsored by the University of Idaho, and the 38th Ag Expo will take place on the Idaho State University camp in Pocatello, January 18-19. The Potato Conference covers a wide array of industry topics, ranging from variety development, management practices and economics, marketing and political issues. Commenting on the conference and expo, Danny Mitchell, owner of Milestone International, Inc., said: “It’s always a good idea when someone offers a…

Niche potatoes boost potato demand in Sweden

Potato demand in Sweden has been on the rise in the last two years, despite seeing some setbacks in 2010-2011 when reports about the GI (Glycemic Index) were flooding the news, causing consumers to think twice about how potatoes fit into a healthy lifestyle. “It was really tough there for a while when all of the GI reports came out, but I am happy to say that the future is looking a…

Rawanda’s farmers push for affordable Irish potato seeds

The soaring prices of Irish potato seeds has left Rawanda’s smallholder farmers lamenting, triggering efforts by different stakeholders to seek a remedy. The prices for seeds, now between RWF600 (RWF = Rawandan Franc) and RWF700 (97 cents to $1.13 CDN), are soaring at the time when farmers are getting little from the produce, with the farm price for a kilogram of Irish potatoes now down to between RWF110 and RWF140, according to…

Aprovia label expanded to include major potato diseases

Syngenta Canada Inc. has announced the expansion of the Aprovia fungicide label to include additional soil-borne diseases affecting potato production, including Verticillium wilt, one of the main contributors to potato early dying. Potato early dying is a complex and economically significant disease that is widespread across many growing areas, but difficult to identify and effectively manage. Verticillium enters plants through the roots and move into the xylem – the plant’s water and…

Ventilating Correctly After Cool Down Pays Off

Adequate ventilation, done in order to manage the by-products of respiration and maintain a uniform pile temperature, is critical to managing one’s potato pile through long-term storage. Yet, over-ventilation can cause significant quality and weight loss, as well as increasing power consumption unnecessarily. Potato tubers oxidize glucose in their mitochondria to produce the nutrients that keep them viable through dormancy. This process of respiration produces significant heat, moisture and carbon dioxide as…

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