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World Potato Congress Announces 2018 Industry Winners

An Industry Award Ceremony was held to recognize three individuals who have devoted their life’s work to the potato industry, during the 10th World Potato Congress in Cusco, Peru. The three Industry Award winners are: Dr. Anton J. Haverkort, The Netherlands, ING. Alberto Salas Lopez, Peru and Dr. Gary Secor, United States of America. Dr. Haverkort was raised on a basic seed potato farm in The Netherlands. He completed his MSc at…

Bayer Closes Monsanto Acquisition

Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto on Thursday, June 7. Shares in the U.S. company will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with Bayer now the sole owner of Monsanto Company. Monsanto shareholders are being paid 128 U.S. dollars per share. J.P. Morgan assisted Bayer with processing the purchase price payment for the largest acquisition in the company’s history. According to the conditional approval from the United…

Potatoes Experience an Innovation Boom in Peru

According to the executive director of Cite Papa and other Andean Crops, Celfia Obregon Ramirez, potatoes have stopped being just an agricultural crop and have become the great source innovation in Peru, which has the greatest diversity of potatoes in the world and, thus, infinite possibilities to innovate. “We have 3,500 potato varieties with different properties, contents, and qualities for all types of industries, such as biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, natural dyes,…

Frost Damage in Berwick, NS

A heavy frost in the night from June 3 to 4 has taken its toll on some crops in Annapolis Valley. Morse’s Farm Limited owner and operator Anthony Morse said he is waiting to see how well his early potato crop bounces back after the plants, which had been flourishing, incurred significant damage. Examining his fields on June 4, Morse estimates that the so-called hard frost killed 20 to 25 percent of…

University of Maine Releases New Gourmet Potato Variety

Sporting a unique and striking skin pattern, the newly released Pinto Gold potato has been in development for 12 years. Out of 50,000 individual varieties tested at Univ of Maine’s Aroostook Research Farm, the Pinto Gold was selected as the most promising. The potato isn’t destined for large scale chip or french fry manufacturing, but for local gardeners, restaurants, and home cooking. Gregory Porter, Professor of Agronomy at the University of Maine, says:…

Imagine a World Without Potatoes campaign launched

Despite the fact people have been eating potatoes since time immemorial, today consumption is stagnating in some countries because of changes in eating habits and misconceptions about potato’s nutritional qualities. But what few people know is that this familiar tuber, that is so taken for granted, may hold the key to food security for future generations. In years to come, farmers will be increasingly hard pressed to keep up with global demand…

2018 Ontario Potato Scout School

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 (Scottsdale Drive). On the agenda: Introduction to Potato IPM Potato Scouting Guidelines Diseases Insects Weeds Other Problems Scouting manuals and handouts will be provided. Register by email with Eugenia Banks.  

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…

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