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Sweden’s Fries Could Get Shorter After Hot Summer

French fries in Sweden could be about to get shorter, as the hot summer resulted in poor harvests all across Europe. Chips could become over a centimetre shorter as a result of this year’s dry weather. Certainly, the drought has not only affected potato crops in Sweden. Farmers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany are now warning of significantly reduced harvests of the popular dietary staple. That is likely to result in…

Potato Prices Soar in Spain

Potato prices in Spain have skyrocketed due to the drought and subsequent rains in Europe. On Wednesday, September 18, potato prices at the Market of Leon ranged between € 210.00 (319.54 CAD) / ton and € 280.00 (426.05 CAD) / ton; a year ago they ranged between 40 and 90 euro per ton. In France, the main potato exporting country in Europe, which supplies the Spanish market, production is expected to decrease…

USDA Potatoes 2017 Summary Released

The United States Department of Agriculture released its Potatoes 2017 Summary (September 2018). According to the report 2017 potato production is up slightly. All potato production in 2017 totaled 442 million cwt, up slightly from the 2016 crop. Harvested area, at 1.02 million acres, was up 1 per cent from 2016. The average yield of 431 cwt per acre was down 2 cwt from the previous year. Spring potato final production for…

New Label Expansion for Frontier Max Herbicide

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.— On Sept. 24, 2018, BASF Canada Inc. was granted a new label expansion for FrontierMax herbicide, for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes. In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. “Potato growers continue to look for new solutions for their weed control challenges, and we believe Frontier Max will…

Barcelona: Fresh Market Variety

“Barcelona looks promising for Ontario,” says Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board. Recently, at a variety trial at Brenn-B Farms, and in a field without irrigation, Banks notes the potato variety Barcelona performed very well. Out of a number of varieties that did well this summer, Barcelona was the highest yielding at 550 hundredweight per acre, says Banks. Barcelona is a yellow-fleshed variety with smooth skin. The previous…

Medium Term Outlook Projects Continued Growth for the Canadian Agricultural Sector

Ottawa, Ontario — Canadian farmers are leaders in producing safe, high-quality agricultural and food products for Canadians and people around the world. The sector is a major driver in creating good, middle-class jobs, and is one of Canada’s key growth industries. On Sept. 21, 2018, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released its Medium Term Outlook (MTO), an economic projection of the domestic and international agricultural markets from 2017 to 2027. This year’s projections…

Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference East 2018

OCTOBER 15 & 16, 2018 Hilton/Fallsview, Niagara Falls   Listen, Learn, Network, and Grow! Connect with like-minded women passionate about agriculture and food. Grow from informative, inspiring and motivating discussions with influential leaders. Learn the tools and techniques that will empower you to live to your full potential.  Source: Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference  

Potato Europe 2018: Focus on Seeds, Machinery and Storage Technology

Potato Europe 2018 once again established itself as a major meeting place for the international potato industry. With around 10,000 visitors from over 60 countries, at the end of the second day of the fair the organization of the specialist event at Bockerode Estate (Northern Germany) can look back on a successful edition. Only the rain on the second day of the fair was a minor disappointment, as the majority of visitors…

Austrian Potato Harvest 2018 Remains Far Below Expectations

This year, decision-makers from the Austrian potato industry again gathered in Roseldorf/Lower Austria at the end of August to discuss the state of the national and international potato markets. Present were producers, traders, industry representatives and government officials and spokesmen for Farmers’ Union and the Chamber of Agriculture, all providing various contributions and evaluating the current situation. After an icy March and the subsequent late seeding of the early varieties, the above-average…

Lifting Continues in United Kingdom Albeit Off the Pace

Lifting across the UK has continued this week although it remains behind normal levels. Growers continue to wait for tubers to gain bulk and for skins to set, following the drought and subsequent rains. For many, secondary growth is a concern, particularly for non-irrigated crops. That said there have been reports this week of secondary growth issues on irrigated land. Old crop availability continues to stretch, albeit with some usual deterioration. In…

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