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Greek “potato island” breaks Guinness World Record for biggest batch of fries

It took more than 1,500 kg of raw Naxos potatoes, 22 huge cauldrons, the hard work of 40 volunteers and the determination of a whole island, but in the end Naxos won the bet. “We have broken the Guinness World Record. Greece is celebrating,” announced Dimitris Kapounis, president of the island’s agricultural cooperatives union on Saturday. The electronic scale that weighed the fried potatoes read 554 kg, which is 100 kg more…

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The U.S. wants to export its potatoes to Mexico

U.S. potato producers began lobbying for Mexico to effectively open its doors to U.S. exports in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “United States potato farmers are supporting the renegotiation of NAFTA to address this matter and related sanitary and phytosanitary issues,” according to a report by the U.S. Congress. The United States is the world’s seventh largest exporter of potatoes in the world, with sales of $…

Japan’s potato supply is recovering as production returns to normal

Japan’s potato supply is rebounding — with wholesale and retail prices falling — thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring. Potato stocks are 20 per cent higher on the year at Tokyo’s Ota market. Shipments began arriving in April from prefectures such as Shizuoka in Japan’s main island and Nagasaki in the country’s south, areas that experienced solid harvests due to favourable weather this spring. “There isn’t…

101st Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America

The 101st Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America will be held from July 23 to July 27 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, N.D. This is the premier educational and networking opportunity for every person interested in the North American potato industry. This event includes updates from the latest in potato research, presentations from industry representatives, and numerous tours of the industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with…

Google Doodle celebrates Potato Processing Pioneer Eva Ekeblad

Google often amends its “doodle” to recognize or celebrate a current or past event. And so it was on July 10 when Google celebrated the Swedish Potato Processing Pioneer Eva Ekeblad (1724-86) on the 293rd anniversary of her birth, by designing its doodle to recognize the potato. The future potato specialist was born as Eva De La Gardie on July 10, 1724. She was the daughter of statesman Count Magnus Julius De…

Brexit may present challenges to Scottish Seed Potato Exporters

Seed potato growers for the United Kingdom who have been confident that crucial trade with Egypt and other non-EU markets would not be disrupted by Brexit may be in for a shock. According to Peter Hardwick, the export chief of levy body AHDB, securing the future of exports such as potatoes and malting barley to third countries is complex and presents “real challenges.” Around 75 per cent of seed potato exports are…

Heavy rains cause losses in Ontario potato fields

After a month of good growing conditions and positive reports amid sporadic news on disease potential, word from one of Ontario’s potato-growing regions is that roughly 1,000 acres of potatoes have been lost due to flooding. Drenching rains in midwestern Ontario have left both commercial fields and variety plots ruined. Rainfall amounts from June 22 to 23 varied in the potato-growing areas, with the Orangeville and Beeton districts the hardest hit. Orangeville…

To protect crops, farmers could promote potato beetle cannibalism

Colorado potato beetles can decimate spud crops by devouring the plants’ foliage. There’s more unsettling news — each female Colorado potato beetle can lay about 600 eggs in a growing season. And the species — Leptinotarsa decemlineata — easily develops resistance to pesticides. What might slow their devastation of potato crops? Perhaps cannibalism, say University of Maine researchers. In Maine alone, the 2016 potato harvest was valued at more than $142 million….

Canada 150 Celebrations at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre

The Lethbridge Research and Development Centre is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s 150th anniversary, with an Open House on Thursday, June 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the ground-breaking agricultural research—past and present—conducted in Alberta that has changed the face of agriculture in Canada and around the world. More information and registration

Researchers Engineer Heat Tolerance in Potato Crops

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute and the University of St. Andrews have developed a technique to ‘engineer’ heat tolerance in potato crops, potentially providing potato breeders with a valuable tool in their quest to create varieties suited to the requirements of growers, industry and retailers. The potato crop is particularly vulnerable to increased temperature, which is considered to be the most important uncontrollable factor affecting growth and yield, according to the…

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