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P.E.I. Potato Farm Built on Family Values

Gerrit Visser & Sons is a thriving family farm dedicated to quality with a knack for adapting to an ever-changing marketplace. Emigrating from Holland in 1954, Gerrit Visser settled in the small community of Orwell Cove, P.E.I., and started a livestock operation. In 1980, he returned to his roots, giving up his dairy and pig operation to grow potatoes on 200 acres with the help of his wife, Fim, and their six…

At The Root

People News New President For WPC David Thompson has been appointed president and CEO of the World Potato Congress, headquartered in Charlottetown, P.E.I.  With 40 years of experience in the North American and global potato industry, Thompson has been a member of the WPC board of directors since 2000 and served as the organization’s vice-president before accepting this position. Long-time KPPA Manager Stepping Down Manitoba’s Keystone Potato Producers Association has announced that…

World Review

EUROPE Potato tuber moth populations appear to be on the increase across southern Europe, particularly around Mediterranean basin, and are likely to lead to significant in-store losses and threaten the trade of infected tubers. The warning comes from DuPont following its monitoring of pest populations over the past three years. “Our pest traps have highlighted that the moth is rapidly becoming a significant pest of potatoes in the warmer growing regions such…

Market News

CANADA’S JUNE 1st potato stocks increased by more than 32 per cent — or just over 3,600 hundredweight — from last year’s value. Stocks in hand were up by 25 per cent in Eastern Canada and almost 50 per cent in Western Canada. Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, says while the amount of potatoes in storage is higher than last year, it is close to holdings…

Tuber Talk

Promoting Potatoes — British Style

Canadian-born writer Nathaniel Branden once wrote: “In a world in which the total of human knowledge is doubling about every 10 years, our security can rest only on our ability to learn from others.” These words of wisdom could be considered quite applicable when it comes to potato marketing in these times of stagnant or dwindling potato demand in North America. A look at some of innovative promotional ideas and activities implemented…

Equipment and Technology Showcase

Mobile Field Management Farm Credit Canada has introduced a new mobile application that enables growers to use their smartphones or tablets to record field data, which can be shared and downloaded onto a home computer. The Field Manager PRO Mobile application has geographic information systems capability and gives producers the ability to mark out target areas, track soil testing and geo-referenced photos as well as enter field and crop data, while at…

Crop Scouting

As most commercial potato growers know, field scouting is a vital part of a farm’s Integrated Pest Management program. Crop scouts move methodically through fields looking for pests, measuring plant and pest populations and collecting information that growers can then use to make important pest control decisions. This information can help growers know not only if pest control measures are needed, but where they are needed. Many of the insects, diseases and…

Eye On The Nation

New Brunswick By Matt Hemphill, Executive Director Potatoes New Brunswick The 2013 potato planting and growing season in New Brunswick is shaping up to be another one for the record books weather-wise. The potato-growing areas in the Saint John River valley received too much precipitation early in the planting season, with some areas receiving almost a foot of rain from May 1 to June 5. Growers had a little over six weeks…

Unravelling the Mystery of Potato Curl

Long before the first outbreak of late blight, it became apparent in 18th century Europe that potato crops degenerated from one year to the next. The reasons for this were unclear, but initially the disease was given the name of “curl” because infected potato plant leaves tended to curl or roll. Subsequent crops planted with tubers harvested from infected crops produced increasingly lower yields, hence the idea that potato cultivars would degenerate…

Calculating a Greener Path to Potatoes

With rising temperature trends around the world and the growing awareness of the role of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in global warming, many individuals and organizations are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact or carbon footprint. The carbon footprint produced in the process of putting food on the dinner table is not insubstantial — for example, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research estimates that the agriculture industry is responsible…

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