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GMO potato can reduce fungicide use by 90 per cent

Researchers in Ireland and the Netherlands have discovered that a genetically engineered potato carrying a blight resistance gene could help farmers reduce fungicide sprays by up to 90 percent. Scientists from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Teagasc, the Irish agricultural research agency, conducted three years of field tests in the two countries to examine the effectiveness of potato genes aiming to confer resistance to Phytophthora infestans, otherwise known as late blight…

Colorado Potato Beetles Wanted

Dr. Ian Scott, a research scientist with the London Research and Development Centre at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is conducting a survey of Colorado potato beetle susceptibility levels to registered insecticides (neonicotinoids, diamides and spinosyns). What does he need? He is looking for approximately 150 beetle adults (a minimum of 75 adults or large larvae are acceptable) per sample. If you have a few you can spare, please contact Dr. Scott and…

Potato Expo Innovation Hub 2019 Open And Accepting Submissions

Following a highly successful launch at the Potato Expo 2018, the Potato Expo Innovation Hub is now open and accepting abstract submissions for the Potato Expo 2019, the largest convention and trade show for the potato industry drawing more than 2,000 attendees and over 180 exhibiting companies. Potato Expo takes place January 9-10, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Located on the Trade Show floor, the Potato Expo Innovation Hub will…

2018 Ontario Potato Scout Training

The 2018 Potato Scout Training Day will be held Monday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Guelph. Scouting manuals and handouts will be provided. Register with Eugenia Banks.  

McDonald’s turns to local potatoes in Russia as U.S. sanctions impact the ruble

French fries at McDonald’s restaurants from Moscow to Murmansk will be Russian from now on, as the American fast-food chain turns to homegrown potatoes to deal with ruble volatility caused by fluctuating oil prices and Western sanctions. McDonald’s Corp, which opened in Russia in 1990 as the Soviet Union collapsed, has been gradually turning to local ingredients in its Russian outlets for everything from Big Macs to chicken burgers since it opened…

U.S. potato stocks up two per cent

The 13 major potato States held 134 million cwt (6.81 million ton) of potatoes in storage April 1, 2018, up two per cent from April 1, 2017, according to a USDA report released last week. Potatoes in storage Potatoes in storage accounted for 33 per cent of the fall storage States’ 2017 production, one percentage point more than last year. Disappearance Potato disappearance, at 266 million cwt, was down three per cent…

New Brunswick potato farmers named Atlantic’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers

Atlantic hospitality and camaraderie were on full display in Truro, N.S. on April 12-14 as fifth generation potato farmers, Robert Anderson and Jill Ebbett of East Glassville, N.B. have been named Atlantic’s Outstanding Young Farmers. Robert assumed management responsibilities of the farm in 2000 after returning from a year at college. The farm is known for its high quality Elite Seed Potatoes by customers internationally, and for its outstanding soybean and grain…

Europatat 2018 Congress

Europatat is the European Potato Trade Association. It gathers national associations and companies involved in the trade of seed potatoes and ware potatoes from all over Europe. Initially set up in 1952 by national associations to protect the interests of the wholesale potato merchants, its membership now counts over 30 associations and companies. In order to create a meeting for all potato professionals on the edge of a new potato season, Europatat…

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