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UK Harvest Progress Continues at a Variable Rate

Soil moisture and skin set were the key determinants to lifting progress this week. In regions which had some rainfall, lifting progressed well with ideal conditions. However, on drier soils, increased bruising of samples has been reported with some opting to delay lifting and wait for some rain. Delayed skin-set is also postponing lifting for some, while mixed skin sets have been reported from the same lift. Cooler conditions on fields has…

KWS and J.R. Simplot Company Establish Joint Venture for Hybrid Potato Breeding

KWS SAAT SE and the J.R. Simplot Company have founded a new joint venture company Aardevo B.V., to deliver top-performing potato varieties through hybrid breeding. The JV combines the highly advanced potato growing and processing capabilities of Simplot (Boise/USA) with the wealth of experience and expertise in hybrid plant breeding of KWS (Einbeck/Germany). Aardevo will focus on breeding new potato varieties with improved and novel traits, quicker than ever before. By enhancing taste…

United Potato Growers of Canada: Potato Crop and Harvest Update October 5, 2018

Prince Edward Island The summer of 2018 has been extremely dry, and poor growing conditions continued in the month of September. Some early variety fields had started to show their age early due to stressful growing conditions. Tuber set appears to be down and sampling throughout the season showed the crop to be almost two weeks behind normal. The crop needed an open fall with favourable growing conditions and extended time to…

Scientists Develop Modified Crispr-Cas9 System For Tetraploid Potato

Potato’s tetraploid genome requires a more powerful genome editing system. Scientist Hiroaki Kusano, of Tokyo University of Science, and colleagues apply the translational enhancer dMac3 to the Cas9 expression vector to increase the amount of Cas9 proteins produced inside potato cells. dMac3 is a 161-bp region of the OsMac3mRNA, which promotes efficiency of translation in the nearby gene. By engineering it to a developed Cas9 system, the researchers find increased efficiency of targeted…

Peru Expects Potato Production to Increase this Year

Peru expects to produce 4.77 million tons of potatoes in the 2018/2019 campaign, which goes from August 2018 to July 2019, more than the 4.45 million tons it produced In the previous season (2017/2018), according to the General Agricultural Directorate (DGA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri). According to the entity, there will be 576 thousand tons of potato seeds available for the current campaign (2018/2019). They also estimated a…

Avebe Pays Out Full Result to Members, Advance Increased

In late September, the board of directors and the members council of the Dutch cooperative Avebe held intensive talks on the implications of the extreme drought and high temperatures, which will have a serious impact on the members and the company alike. The cooperative has decided to increase with immediate effect the current advance payment for potatoes delivered in the 2018 campaign. The advance is 67 euros per tonne with 19 per…

Potato Mop-Top Virus Confirmed in New Zealand

Biosecurity New Zealand is working with Potatoes New Zealand to respond to a detection of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) in potato tubers in Canterbury. Incident controller, David Yard, says PMTV is not a food safety issue. “Potato mop-top virus is a crop disease which, if found to be widespread, could cause some productivity issues for growers. It is a notifiable and unwanted organism in New Zealand under the Biosecurity Act,” says Yard. To…

Mexico: Researchers Develop an Improved Potato Variety

The National Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock Research Institute (INIFAP) developed the Citlali potato, an improved variety that is more tolerant to diseases. This variety, obtained from the production of clones, showed the greatest resistance to the late blight and purple top diseases of the potato, a tuber that in Mexico has a per capita consumption of 14.8 kilograms. In addition, it meets commercialization standards, researchers said. The Citlali variety is not completely…

Idaho Russet Prices Halved in Six Weeks

After a lively start to the Idaho russet potato harvest, the market has fallen dramatically as supplies come on strongly. Prices have fallen by half since the start of August and growers are discounting to help move stock. Quality is excellent however, which has become both a blessing and a problem. There are so many top grade potatoes around that the sub grade supply is short, leaving shippers with no choice but…

North-Western Potato Harvest Estimated at 24 Million Tons

The North-Western European Potato Growers estimates the upcoming consumption harvest 18 per cent under last year’s and eight per cent under the five-year average. This, in spite of the fact the total consumption area grew 8.4 per cent over the last five years. The extreme drought and high temperatures all over North-Western Europe resulted in an estimated average yield between 40 and 41 tons per hectare in the five leading potato countries….

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