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Ontario Harvest Update

Oct. 20, 2018—According to Mark VanOostrum, of W.D. Potato Ltd., 95 per cent of the processing crop has been dug.  This is close to the fresh market acreage harvested. The consensus among growers is yield is down and tuber size is smaller due to the hot, dry summer. Cold, wet and windy weather has made digging potatoes in October a challenge.  The first snow fell in the Alliston, Ont., area on October…

Breaking the Fall

Two years ago, Maritimer Pete Nieuwhof was contemplating ways to speed up packing of his farm’s fresh potato harvest. He found his answer with the EZ-Down, an ingenious device invented by a pair of fellow P.E.I. potato growers. “At the time, we were looking for something to speed up our production a little bit. We had an old homemade machine on the line. It was working well, but we wanted to upgrade so…

Pythium Leak, A Serious Yield Robber

Pythium leak has been showing up before harvest in a number of Ontario fields this year. Symptoms of Pythium leak at the early infection stage are moist gray or brown lesions around wounds, or near the stem end of tubers. Cut through the lesions and look for a creamy rot, which will darken from light brown to dark brown, to grey and finally black when exposed to air.  The cut surface has…

North-Western European Potato Growers Ring the Alarm Bell for Next Potato Harvest

Throughout North-Western Europe the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) reports that it is obvious that the next potato crop will be much lower and quality issues will be a main challenge. Extreme record drought and exceptional temperatures all over the main potato growing countries in Europe. Not even 50 % of the North-Western potato acreage can be irrigated and is spite of the high costs irrigation pumps are working day and night….

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…

UPGC: Crop Report June 20, 2018

Prince Edward Island: Has had a very cold spring and still has about 5% of their acreage left to plant. What little crop was planted early basically just sat in the ground with very slow emergence. Emergence is just occurring this week. Environment Canada reported six frosts since May 21 with a very hard freeze on May 22 going down to -4.5 degrees Celsius. Total holdings of old crop were down 9%…

Presque Isle, Maine considering bringing harvest into the classroom

For generations, high school students in northern Maine have taken a three-week break from classes every fall to harvest potatoes. But the acreage has shrunk over the past 50 years, and technology has reduced the demand for labour, which means far fewer teenagers are working in the fields of Aroostook County. In the town of Presque Isle, the school board is looking at a new approach that could end the tradition of…

Lockwood Creates Industry First – VACS Mobile

NEWS RELEASE West Fargo, ND – Following the VACS-8 model, the Lockwood VACS Mobile is a complete handling and cleaning system mounted on one single semi-trailer. With the aid of high volume air, you can clean loads of potatoes easily while minimizing damage as it efficiently removes rocks, dirt, vines, corn trash and other debris effortlessly. The VACS Mobile is best described as “the ultimate mobile cleaning machine” by Lockwood’s Director of…

U.S. Fall Potato Production 2017 Down Two Per Cent

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates the United States fall potato potato production for 2017 at 399 million cwt, down two per cent from last year. The area harvested, at 900,600 acres, is down one per cent from the previous year. The average yield forecast, at 443 cwt per acre, is down 4 cwt (-0.9 per cent) from last year’s record high yield. In Idaho, growers reported some flooding and cool…

U.S. Red River Valley potato quality, harvest good

Minnesota and North Dakota Red River Valley potato producers shipped more than 700,000 hundredweight of potatoes in September and October, a 32 per cent increase over last year’s count, according to the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA). That’s slightly ahead of shipments at that time for the 2015 crop, making this year the largest fresh crop harvest in many years, according to the association. Producers faced a trucking shortage because truckers…

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