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2016 Manitoba Potato Production Days

Manitoba Potato Production Days, the annual conference and trade show dedicated to Manitoba’s potato industry, wrapped up Jan. 28 after a successful three-day run. “In think Manitoba Potato Production Days went very well this year,” said Dan Sawatzky, general manager of Manitoba’s Keystone Potato Producers Association. “We’re quite pleased with how it’s turned out.” Sawatzky noted that the trade show display area within the Keystone Centre, the site of MPPD, was bigger…

Eye On The Nation

Prince Edward Island By Alex Docherty – Chairman, Prince Edward Island Potato Board Challenges and opportunities are ahead for efforts to market the 2015 crop at a level growers need for a good return on investment. In Prince Edward Island, our production was actually down 1.5 per cent from 2014 due to variable yields across the province; however, good yields and increases in volume in the east, particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Maine, will add to…

Closing in on 50

The 49th annual Potato Growers of Alberta Conference and Trade Show was held Nov. 17-19 in Red Deer, Alta. More than 300 growers, their families and Industry participants attended the jam-packed three days of technical speakers, meetings, trade show displays and a ladies partner’s program. “Every year we try to add something new or tweak what we already have done, to make it enjoyable for all in attendance,” said Terence Hochstein, executive…

Future Challenges and Opportunities for the Potato in a Global Context

The following is the Closing Plenary Address at the closing ceremonies of the 2015 World Potato Congress, held July 27 to 30, 2015 in Yanqing County, Beijing, China. It was delivered by prominent Canadian potato grower and scientist Peter VanderZaag, a special advisor for the WPC who has long ties with the Chinese potato industry. Introduction At the end of this great Potato Congress, we view the future and ask the important…

Ontario Potato Field Day

About 250 growers, crop consultants and industry representatives gathered in Alliston, Ont., on Aug. 20 for the 2015 Ontario Potato Field Day. Eugenia Banks, potato specialist with the Ontario Agriculture Ministry who organized the field day with the support of the Ontario Potato Board, says it was a very successful event, with growers from as far away as Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island enjoying the friendly atmosphere. Hosted by HJV…

A Global Stage

The ninth World Potato Congress, staged against the spectacular backdrop of the Great Wall of China, attracted about 900 potato industry stakeholders from 37 countries to Yanqing County just outside Beijing, China from July 28 to 30. The delegates included growers, researchers, producers, traders, processors and manufacturers from developing and developed nations — with more than half of the attendees coming from the host country itself. “There was quite of few farmers…

Eye On The Nation

New Brunswick By Louis Ouellette – Market Information Co-ordinator, Potatoes New Brunswick The 2015 New Brunswick potato crop got off to a slightly late and slow start with June being cool and a little damp. The first half of July was dry with warm temperatures. Starting around mid-July, timely and adequate rainfall hit most areas of the New Brunswick potato belt. The majority of growers are expecting a minimum of an average to an…

Canadian Potato Council Update

Plant health, potato marketing, wireworm control and plant breeders’ rights were just some of the topics discussed at the March meeting in Quebec City. The Canadian Potato Council and the Seed Potato Subcommittee met jointly on March 10, just prior to the Canadian Horticultural Council’s 93rd Annual General Meeting in Quebec City, Que. Forty members and observers representing provincial potato grower organizations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and…

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New Brunswick By Louis Ouellette, Market Information Co-ordinator, Potatoes New Brunswick The 2014 crop held up very well throughout the entire storage season and quality was excellent with next to no storage issues. As of mid-June, inventories were still higher than normal on processing and fresh potatoes for this time of the year, but with a hopefully busy end to the season we could see these extra potatoes find a proper home. Seed quality…

Eye On The Nation

Prince Edward Island By Alex Docherty, Chairman, Prince Edward Island Potato Board As of the beginning of March, we were in the middle of the 2014/2015 shipping season. Quality remained top-notch, processing use was up over last year, and demand for fresh use seemed to be picking up. Post-harvest testing for the potato virus Y and potato leaf roll viruses in seed had been completed for the most part, with an approximately 90…

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