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Jordan lifts ban on potato imports from Egypt

Jordan has lifted a ban on imports of Egyptian potatoes it imposed over a year ago due to brown rot, Egypt’s Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Abdel Moneim al-Banna, said this comes as a reflection of the efforts of the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and the Agriculture Quarantine Authority to preserve the reputation of Egyptian agricultural exports abroad and to open up new markets to…

Early success for Late Blight Resistance trial in Potatoes

A genetically improved potato designed to have resistance to a devastating global plant disease has successfully come through the first year of field trials. The field trial conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich involves incorporating late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a cultivated Maris Piper potato. “The first year of the Maris Piper field trial has worked brilliantly,” said Professor Jonathan Jones of The Sainsbury Laboratory….

2017 Alberta Potato Conference & Trade Show

Register today for the 51st annual Alberta Potato Conference & Trade Show. This year’s show provides an opportunity to come together with other growers and industry representatives for three days of learning and networking. The membership will hold their annual general meetings on both the 15th and 16th, and growers are encouraged to join in on the discussions. This year’s theme: Effective Decision Making The Alberta Potato Conference & Trade Show will…

Examining potatoes’ past could improve spuds of the future

The old adage of looking to the past to understand the future certainly applies to improving potatoes. Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. The study appears in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Robin Buell, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Plant Biology…

North Dakota potato warehouses destroyed in fire

Edinburg, N.D. lost nearly seven decades of history when four potato warehouses burned to the ground last week. Edinburg is about 75 miles northwest of Grand Forks. Multiple fire departments responded shortly after 4 a.m. to the blaze at warehouses owned by J.G. Hall and Sons, one of the largest potato producers in the Red River Valley. It’s unclear how the fire started, but the flames moved from one building to the…

What Does It Take to Grow a Quality Potato?

The P.E.I. potato industry has released a 30-second commercial highlighting the industry. According to a news release from the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, the province’s farmers are “proud of what they do, and want to showcase the positive work being done in the industry and share that with our friends and neighbours here on P.E.I. and beyond.” The project was filmed over the summer and early fall on different farms and…

Tasmanian potato growers preparing for the worst

Surveillance programs for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) are being ramped up in Tasmania as growers try to delay any incursion of the pest for as long as possible. TPP was detected in Western Australia (WA) earlier this year. Free sticky trap packs are being distributed by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture to growers and agronomists to set up around the perimeter of susceptible crops, particularly potatoes, Tasmania’s biggest vegetable crop. The institute’s…

2017 Irrigation Show & Education Conference

The Irrigation Show and Education Conference goes Nov. 6–10, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. With up to 5,000 attendees, 300 exhibitors and education offerings, the Irrigation Show provides something for everyone. Delegates will find ideas, innovation, technology and best practices that can make a powerful difference in their business. From the newest products and most exciting business technology trends to the comprehensive education sessions and incredible networking…

10,000 tonnes of ‘rotten potatoes’ banned entry into Jordanian market

The Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture said a shipment at Aqaba Port carrying 10,000 tonnes of allegedly worm-infested potatoes will not be allowed into the country. The potatoes appeared to be infested with the potato cyst nematode, which is a soil worm that lives on the roots of some crops, according to the President of the Jordan Farmers Union, Mahmoud Oran, who added the shipment arrived to Jordan from Lebanon, but its original…

New potato variety with heat tolerance released in India

Farmers in India can expect higher yields and profits with the release of a new potato variety, Kufri Lima. Developed in collaboration with the International Potato Center (CIP for its acronym in Spanish) and the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Kufri Lima, proved to be both early heat tolerant and virus resistant, preferred traits by local farmers. It is the first CIP clone recommended for release in India. Earlier CIP germplasm was…

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