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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…

Improving Potato Storage

All growers know that significant loss can occur when potatoes suffer from storage shrink due to pathogens or water loss. The best way to avoid shrinkage is by storing the healthiest crop possible, but there are often times when farmers have no choice but to move potatoes into the bin under less-than-ideal circumstances. When this happens, the cost of managing storages rises. Just as importantly, if a storage facility has inherent efficiencies…

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…

Market News

Canada This year’s crop production is expected to be little higher than last year, according to the United Potato Growers of Canada. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of UPGC, says the final figures won’t be in until towards the end of November, but he provided Spud Smart with the best guesses from regional potato associations with respect to yield and production numbers for the 2015 crop. As of Sept. 10, total potato production nationwide…

World Review

United States A potato genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot Co. in Boise, Idaho to resist late blight — the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still causes extensive damage to crops around the world — has cleared its first federal regulatory hurdle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the second generation of Simplot’s Innate brand of potatoes. The new Russet Burbank variety includes the first generation’s reduced bruising…

New Position Filled at TOMRA

TOMRA Sorting Food has appointed Thomas Molnar to the new position of Global Sales and Marketing communications director for its food sorting business. In his new role, Molnar will oversee all marketing communications and sales activity conducted worldwide by TOMRA. He will be based at TOMRA Sorting Food’s headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, but will spend much of his time in the field, travelling to key regions to meet customers and discuss the…

Key Technology Appoints New Director

Key Technology has appointed Randy Unterseher to the position of senior director of aftermarket for North America and the Intercontinental region, which includes Latin America, Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand. Key Technology is a global leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors, and processing equipment. Its aftermarket team delivers Key’s PROliance suite of services and support, including training, parts, upgrades, 24/7 telephone support and localized…

New Digital Sorting Platform

Key Technology has introduced the all-new VERYX digital sorting platform, a suite of belt-fed and chute-fed sorters that offer high-performance capabilities and share a common user interface. According to Key, VERYX, with its unprecedented full object surface coverage, multi-sensor data fusion and the highest resolution cameras and laser sensors available on a digital sorter, achieves new levels of detection and discrimination of foreign material and product defects. Advanced auto-learn, self-adjusting capabilities and…

New Conveyor Belt for Potato Processing

Cambridge Engineered Solutions has introduced PacLite, a new lighter weight, flatwire conveyor belt with variable openings that is ideally suited for potato rock traps. Manufactured using a new proprietary process developed by the company’s engineers, PacLite is 30-50 per cent stronger than a standard flatwire belt and weighs 10 per cent less than its predecessor, PacTitan. PacLite’s weight, strength and open area allows it to work well for rock traps where dirt,…

New Fungicide for Late Blight

Syngenta has announced that Orondis fungicide has been approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the first fungicide in the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee’s (FRAC) group U15. Pending state registrations, Orondis could be available for the 2016 season in the United States. Orondis contains the active ingredient oxathiapiprolin and offers a new mode of action for control of economically important soil and foliar diseases caused by oomycete fungi in…

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