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Manitoba Farm Breeds Champion Potato Growers

Brock McIntosh has been around potatoes a long time. His dad and grandfather started growing potatoes at Mid-Man Farms in Carberry, Man., in 1965 — when McIntosh was just two years old — and he’s been a full-time farmer with the family operation since the age of 22. “My mom and dad made it possible for me to get into farming,” he says about his parents Don and Muriel, who still own…

At The Root

People News USPB NAMES NEW PRESIDENT The United States Potato Board has named produce industry veteran, Blair Richardson, as president and CEO. Over the past four years, Richardson served as CEO for the combined entities of WesPak Sales Inc. and Enns Packing Inc., located in Dinuba, Calif. OLSEN NEW PAA PRESIDENT Nora Olsen has been named the Potato Association of America president for 2013–14. Olsen is a professor and extension potato specialist…

World Review

MOZAMBIQUE Mozambique’s Agricultural Research Institute (IIAM) is developing new varieties of sweet potato that reportedly are more nutritious and can withstand drought and provide better yields than the types currently grown in the country. Sweet potato is the third most important crop for small farmers in Mozambique, after maize and cassava. Funding for the project comes from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and follows many years of research into a…

Market News

This year’s potato crop in Canada is expected to be better aligned with consumer demand — which means a better pricing picture for the winter marketing season than last year — according to the United Potato Growers of Canada. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the UPGC, says this is the result of smaller crops in both Canada and the United States. According to Statistics Canada estimates, Canadian growers planted 3.2 per cent…

Tuber Talk

Promoting Potatoes — The American Way

The United States Potato Board was created in 1971, the result of a concerted effort by the American potato industry to spur consumer demand. Currently, the USPB represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers in the United States, and nearly 100 members from across the country serve on the board. The initial focus of the organization was to overcome negative public perceptions about the food value of potatoes, while subsequent strategies…

Equipment and Technology Showcase

Precision Farming Display The new TMX-2050 from Trimble is a modern precision farming display that is built on the popular Android operating system and optimized for the company’s Connected Farm service, an integrated operations management system that facilitates information exchange across the entire farm. “Combining the latest technology in hardware, software and data management, the display is the in-cab tool that seamlessly integrates with Connected Farm and takes farmers to the next…

Eye On The Nation

Alberta By Terence Hochstein, Executive Director Potato Growers of Alberta Following a growing season during which growers experienced many firsts in terms of weather conditions, Alberta potato producers harvested their 2013 crop with a mixed bag of results. Hail, wind, extreme heat and humidity, along with some late blight pressure, led to varying yields from grower to grower. While there have been some reports of harvest yields of up to 440 hundredweight…

Next-Generation Sequencing

Soil is sometimes referred to as the last frontier because so little is known about the microscopic life that teems within it. What we do know is that a small handful of dirt typically contains thousands of tiny microorganisms, many of them still unidentified by science. Because the crops we grow and food we eat depend so heavily on the health of the soil, scientists around the world are working hard to…

Vive la Pomme de Terre!

The 97th annual meeting of the Potato Association of America was held at the Hotel Chateau Laurier in Quebec City, Que., from July 28 to Aug. 1. It was truly an international event, with 250 delegates and companions from Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, South Korea and China in attendance. With 102 presentations and dozens of poster exhibitions, the conference covered a broad spectrum of topics including breeding and genetics,…

Open Farm Day

Late summer is the time for Open Farm Days across the country; a time for growers to open their farm gates and give the public a grassroots glimpse of farming life and agricultural production. This year, Manitoba’s Open Farm Day included a potato producer for the first time — Mid-Man Farms, a prosperous family operation located near Carberry, Man., that includes 800 acres of Russet Burbank potatoes among its holdings. Mid-Man’s Brock…

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