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New Publication – Plant Nutrition Diagnostics: Potato

Good nutrition is essential for supporting potato plant health and providing the necessary defense against plant disease and stress. The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), J.R. Simplot Company and Tennessee State University have collaborated on a new publication that provides readers with access to a unique collection of hundreds of high resolution photographs that document a wide range of nutrient deficiency symptoms in potato plants with remarkable clarity. Developed within a unique…

2018 Northeast Potato Technology Forum

The 2018 Northeast Potato Technology Forum will be held March 21-22, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in downtown Fredericton, N.B. This annual event provides potato researchers, extension specialists and industry representatives from Atlantic Canada and Northeastern United States an opportunity to discuss potato research and exchange technical information of benefit to the potato industry. Participation is open to all private and public researchers, extension specialists, growers, and other potato…

UK: MacFry Academy opens its doors to potato growers

UK potato growers supplying McDonald’s are set to benefit from the provision of free agronomy skills training to improve crop performance and quality with the launch of the MacFry Potato Academy. The Academy is a joint initiative between the UK’s National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and McDonald’s UK and Ireland, in association with potato suppliers McCain Foods and Lamb Weston, aimed at the 209 farmers that supply the potatoes for McDonald’s…

Potato Production and Climate Change

Potato is the most important non-grain crop in the world. So, understanding the potential impacts of climate change on potato production is critical, especially for producers. Throughout its long history, Earth has warmed and cooled time and again. Climate has changed when the planet received more or less sunlight due to subtle shifts in its orbit, as the atmosphere or surface changed, or when the Sun’s energy varied. But in the past…

P.E.I. Potato Pest Control Guide updated

Prince Edward Island’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has updated the Potato Pest Control Guide for 2018. The guide includes an up-to-date list of available pest control products and rates for insecticides, fungicides and herbicides registered for use in potatoes. Download the guide  

Nurturing Deep Roots in Sustainability

The VanderZaag family has been growing potatoes for generations, initially in the Netherlands, and then immigrating to Alliston, Ont. For founder of Sunrise Potato Storage Ltd., Peter VanderZaag, it is not just about producing a marketable crop but returning life to the depleted soils around the world. Today, the family farm consists of over 1,000 acres of potatoes, and a state-of-the-art storage facility that can hold 400,000 cwt (18,000 tonnes) of potatoes….

Irish Consumers Like Their Potatoes

Potatoes are bought every second by Irish consumers. So says Cliona Lynch, Kantar Worldpanel who spoke at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 20. In total, 1.67 million households purchase potatoes annually. Eleven per cent of all shopping trips in thecountry consist of potatoes. And, when a bag of “spuds” is included in a shopping cart, it contributes €27.90 more to the retailer, as consumers are usually carrying out “a…

Disease Watch: Spore Trapping

Determining late blight presence and disease pressure on the potato crop is an ongoing challenge. A heavy late blight infestation can cause several thousands of dollars in losses. Control of late blight is mostly achieved through fungicide application, and growers anticipate that late blight control requires routine applications of fungicides at high rates and short intervals throughout the growing season, beginning at 50 per cent emergence. This is an unsustainable situation that…

NEPG reports high stocks

All recent stock surveys in the NEPG countries (North-Western European Potato Growers) show actual potato stocks are higher compared with last season as well as the multiple year’s average. The North-Western yields were 11 per cent higher with an area increase of six per cent. Currently the stocks of potatoes and the balance between demand and supply has a negative effect on the actual free market prices, in spite of the processing…

Growth Regulator Update

Use of the growth regulators MH (maleic hydrazide) and CIPC (chlorpropham) are integral to the potato industry, but there is always room for improvement – and even new avenues of use as the chipping industry evolves. First, let’s look at how MH works and how it is best applied. MH is effective in preventing sprouting as long as there is enough green foliage to translocate the chemical. It can be applied too…

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