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Climate-Resilient Spuds in Focus at Potatoes in Practice 2018

Research at the James Hutton Institute has led to the discovery of genetic variations which can help protect potato crop yields at high temperature, potentially providing potato breeders with a valuable tool in their quest to create varieties resilient to heat stress and suited to the requirements of growers, industry and retailers. The findings were discussed by Dr Mark Taylor at Potatoes in Practice 2018, as part of a wider examination of…

Potato Late Blight Confirmed in Wisconsin and Illinois, August 9, 2018

The US-23 genotype of Phytophthora infestans (the causal agent of late blight) was detected on commercial potatoes in Adams and Marquette Counties in Wisconsin and in Illinois, confirmed by University of Wisconsin – Madison researchers Dr. Yu Chen and Mr. Shane Hansen. Dr. Amanda Gevens (UW-Madison) reports that detected lesions were classic with brown, water-soaked discoloration on stems and leaves (Figure 1) with sporulation on leaf undersides (Figure 2). The US-23 genotype…

Innovative Approach to Breeding Could Mean Higher Yields and Better Crops

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, California, have found a way to streamline the process that scientists use to insert multiple genes into a crop plant, developing a reliable method that will make it easier to breed a variety of crops with vastly improved traits. The technology is expected to speed up the process for developing new varieties of potatoes, rice, citrus and other crops that are better equipped to tolerate…

Canadian Grain Commission Invests Surplus Funds in the Harvest Sample Program

Canadian producers will have access to even more information on the quality of their harvest thanks to enhancements to the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program. Beginning in the 2018-19 crop year, producers who participate in the Harvest Sample Program will receive falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) results for their wheat samples at no cost. With this additional information in hand, producers will be better able to market their crop to ensure…

US: Simplot Company Secures Agricultural Research & Commercial License From Corteva Agriscience™, Broad Institute Of MIT & Harvard

The J.R. Simplot Company announced today that it has executed a joint intellectual property licensing agreement with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for foundational CRISPR-Cas9 and related gene editing tools. The technology provides Simplot with another avenue to bring desirable traits forward in certain fruits and vegetables and advance products to the market in the United States to benefit both farmers and consumers….

Potato Industry Event Interpom Primeurs 2018 Fully Booked

The 19th edition of INTERPOM PRIMEURS will be held on November 25-27, 2018 in Kortrijk Xpo (Belgium). INTERPOM PRIMEURS is the most sharply focused indoor trade fair in Europe for the entire potato and vegetable sector. The whole chain will be taking part, from growers to processing and marketing. Once again, the event has shown positive growth figures and with 315 exhibitors, stand space has already been fully booked, months before the…

German Potato Processing Industry Association Expects Crop Shortage Due to Drought

Due to the long ongoing drought and heat wave, the potato harvest in Germany and Europe will be significantly reduced in quantity, as well as quality compared to the previous year. This is the current assessment of the BOGK (German Association of Fruit, Vegetables and Potato Processing Industry). Based on the available reports from the crop growing areas the BOGK is expecting a significantly lower potato harvest for this year. Farming and…

Ireland: Potatoes Stop Growing in Parched Earth

David Rodgers, the second generation of his family growing potatoes in Ballyboughal, and his father have never experienced anything like it. So parched is the earth in this famously lush and fertile north Co Dublin countryside – renowned for its food produce – that potatoes are not growing at all. One of four brothers who grow Queens, Kerr’s Pinks and mostly Roosters over 250 acres, they supply Country Crest, which in turn…

Shortage of Potatoes Leads Cavendish Farms to Close Fresh Packaging Facility in O’Leary

Cavendish Farms announced today that they will be focusing on the frozen potato processing business on Prince Edward Island due to the limited availability of raw product (potatoes). The decision will result in the closure of their fresh produce packaging facility in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island at the end of the year. The closure will affect 40 employees. “Cavendish Farms has had to make this difficult business decision based on ongoing demand,…

Idahoan Foods Takes Insurer to Court Over 2016 Potato Plant Fire

Dehydrated potato manufacturer Idahoan Foods has filed lawsuit related to a 2016 fire at the Idaho Supreme potato dehydration plant in Firth. In the suit, first filed in May, Idahoan Foods alleges that its insurer breached contracts and fair dealing requirements. Idahoan Foods contracts with Idaho Supreme to supply dehydrated potatoes. The Idaho Supreme plant had a major fire on Sept. 5, 2016, which resulted in a more than three-month closure. During…

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