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Manitoba Potato Production Days 2018

Manitoba Potato Production Days 2018 goes Jan. 23-25 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man. The event includes a jam-packed agenda with well-known industry experts, and a trade show featuring potato equipment and services. Information  

33rd Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show

The 33rd Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show goes Jan. 17-18 in Caribou, Maine. The conference is designed for potato producers, farm workers and crop advisers. Scheduled speakers include UMaine Extension crop and soil specialists, UMaine and UMaine Presque Isle researchers, Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Maine Potato Board staff, and McCain Foods agronomists. Topics include soil health and combating drought, storage practices, technology in agriculture and certified seed results….

Lunchtime is over for the Colorado potato beetle

Chemicals in the leaves of potato plants, produced naturally by the plant, may hold the key to a new way to control Colorado potato beetles — a major pest for potato growers. Dr. Helen Tai, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research scientist, has turned to the leaves growing on wild potato relatives, leaves that beetles won’t eat, as a new approach to keep the pest away. Many plants in the potato…

Potato Nutrient Management Workshop

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board, under the Agronomy Initiative for Marketable yield (AIM), is hosting a potato nutrient management workshop on Jan. 17 in Summerside, P.E.I. This is a one-day refresher on the basics of nutrient management and potato fertility, including soil testing, role of nutrients, pH and CEC, role of soil organic matter, making blend and rate recommendations, different nutrient sources and split application of nutrients. Presenters include Dr. David…

Bumper Yield Plagues India’s Potato Farmers

Bumper potato production has placed farmers in a quandary across India. According to several news reports, farmers have been forced to destroy potatoes due to falling prices and lack of storage facilities. Thousand of potato growers in southwest UP, West Bengal,Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh have either resorted to destroy their produce or left it at farms and cold storages. Owners of cold storage are also incurring losses. As per the initial…

Lamb Weston Invests in Additional Fry Line

Lamb Weston Holdings has announced an expansion of french fry processing capacity in North America and an increase in its quarterly dividend. The company announced an investment to expand operations at its Hermiston, Oregon, processing facility, with the construction of a 300m pound-per-year, state-of-the-art french fry line. The new line will be modeled on the company’s recently operational production line in Richland, Washington, and is expected to be completed in the fourth…

New limits to clothianidin and thiamethoxam use

Health Canada announced new mitigation measures today on the neonicotinoids​ clothianidin and thiamethoxam, pesticides which are sold as seed treatment or sprays to protect agricultural crops from various insects. “Scientific evidence shows that with the proposed restrictions applied, the use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam does not present an unacceptable risk to bees,” said Margherita Conti, an official with Health Canada’s pest management regulatory agency. READ the CBC story The PMRA is updating…

Swedish scientist makes dairy substitute from potatoes

If you go to any well-stocked supermarket you will find many milk options. You no longer need to choose between light, whole or skim milk – or any other varieties from cows. Plant-based products are growing in popularity. You can enjoy steaks or cheese made of soybeans. But milk alternatives on the shelves might be made of soy, almonds, coconuts, rice, cashews or oats. If that isn’t enough, make way for potato…

New GM at World Potato Congress Inc.

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, Brian Douglas of Charlottetown, P.E.I. is the new general manager of the World Potato Congress Inc. Douglas replaces John Coady, who has served as general manager for the past 10 years. Coady says he is retiring. “I have had the honour of serving for 10 years as general manager and have enjoyed each and every day working with the board of directors, international advisors and the many, many…

Increasing the efficiency of fertilizer use in potatoes

The federal government is investing $1.8 million with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to determine carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and develop beneficial management practices (BMPs) for increasing the efficiency of fertilizer use in potato crops, and in blueberry and forage crops. According to the Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC, the project will provide new science-based knowledge on net GHG emissions by…

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