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Earlier in the season, rain, hail and flooding caused major damage in some parts of the Red River Valley of North Dakota.

Rain causes harvest delays in North Dakota’s Red River Valley

Just when some potato growers in the Red River Valley in North Dakota were beginning to make some progress with the harvest, Mother Nature stepped in and slammed the door. Rainfall amounts over the weekend varied but generally ranged around three-quarters of an inch to a few reports topping two and a half inches. As of Monday morning no potatoes were being harvested between Hillsboro and the Canadian border in North Dakota….

Farmers harvesting Qingshu 9 potato in China (Photo courtesy: K.Xie/CIP)

Potato variety ‘Qingshu 9’ a success story in China and beyond

In their efforts to improve the food security and livelihoods of farmers around the world, potato breeders at the International Potato Center (CIP) strive to develop marketable, resilient varieties with resistance to viruses and late blight that can be grown in an array of environments. An excellent example of the potential of such a potato is CIP variety No. 392797.22, a high-yielding clone that can be found in fields all over China…

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European potato production: More area, less harvest, uncertainty

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) expect in the five covered countries (Netherlands, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany) a lower production of potatoes (seed and potatoes for starch production not included) compared to last season. The production for 2016 is estimated at 24.9 million tons, while in 2015 25.9 million ton was harvested. The losses due to flooding are included in these numbers. Despite an expansion of the acreage by 4.8 per…

Proceeds from 7,000 20-pound bags of potatoes, selling for $2 a bag, will go to support childhood hunger programs on P.E.I. (Photo: Sarah MacMillan/CBC)

No small potatoes: 140,000 pounds of spuds on display at P.E.I. Superstore

Grocery shoppers got quite an eyeful at the Superstore in Charlottetown on Thursday, Sept. 22. About 140,000 pounds of spuds — which the PEI Potato Board is calling the largest display of potatoes ever assembled — were piled up outside the store. The grocery store, in partnership with Garden Isle Farms, is selling 7,000 20-pound bags of potatoes for $2, with proceeds of each bag being donated to support childhood hunger programs…

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Cambodia Opens First Potato Research Centre

With potato consumption continuing to rise in the Kingdom, the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday unveiled a $200,000 (U.S.) research center it hopes will research and develop potato varieties most suited to the country. Speaking at the ceremony outside the new Potato Research Center, at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon stressed the increasing importance of potatoes in the nation’s diet. “The demand for potatoes in the…

This tractor creeps across a Vardaman, Mississippi, field Sept. 20, 2016, digging sweet potatoes while workers sort them based on size and quality. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)

Sweet potato harvest yields mixed baskets

After two challenging years in Mississippi sweet potato fields, farmers are hoping for a problem-free harvest over the next few weeks. Stephen Meyers, Extension sweet potato specialist based at the Mississippi State University Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, said growers are cautiously optimistic as harvest begins. “I’m hearing a wide range of yields from early harvests, which began the third week of August this year,” Meyers said. “Much of the crop transplanted…

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North Dakota potato harvest varies

It’s been a very tough year for potato growers in some areas of North Dakota. The 2016 crop in the northeast corner of the state is being described as one of the worst ever because of excessive moisture. But outside of the northern Red River Valley, this year’s production is much better. Dawson Farms in Kidder County is in the middle of another good harvest. This potato field is a couple hundred…

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India cuts import duty on potatoes

The government of India has cut import duty on wheat, potatoes, and crude and refined palm oils ahead of the festival season to ensure prices remain under check. On Sept. 23, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC)  issued notification to cut import duty on potatoes to 10 per cent from 30 per cent until October 2016. Import duty on wheat has been lowered to 10 per cent from 25 per…

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$120m potato farm, processing plant underway in northwest Nigeria

A $120 million (U.S.) potato farm and processing plant is underway in Kaduna state in northwest Nigeria. The Vicampro Potato Farm and processing facility in Manchok, Kaura is expected to cover 10,000 hectares of land and generate 30,000 job opportunities. At the ground breaking ceremony, state authorities said more than 60 per cent of its byproduct would be for export. The Managing Director of Vicampro company, Michael Agbogbo, said the company would…

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Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show

Plans are just about finalized for the 50th annual Alberta Potato Conference & Trade Show being held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Taking place from November 21st to November 23rd, 2016, the event features informational guest speakers, meeting sessions, entertainment, great food, updates from industry associates and networking opportunities. The event is open to potato growers of Alberta past and present, Alberta potato industry members, government partners, and fellow industry growers and…

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