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GMO potato can reduce fungicide use by 90 per cent

Researchers in Ireland and the Netherlands have discovered that a genetically engineered potato carrying a blight resistance gene could help farmers reduce fungicide sprays by up to 90 percent. Scientists from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Teagasc, the Irish agricultural research agency, conducted three years of field tests in the two countries to examine the effectiveness of potato genes aiming to confer resistance to Phytophthora infestans, otherwise known as late blight…

10th World Potato Congress

The 10th World Potato Congress goes May 27-31 in Cusco, Peru, the first time the Congress will be held in South America. The 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the XXVIII Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) Congress is the industry’s most important scientific event worldwide. It is an excellent showcase to promote the sustainable use of potato biodiversity (with a focus on native varieties), including how to differentiate it on the market…

First large-scale French Fries production plant in Russia inaugurated

A new potato processing plant was officially opened in Lipetsk, Russia, in late April. This first Russian large-scale French fries production facility was built through a joint venture of the Russian Belaya Dacha Group and Lamb Weston/Meijer. The construction of the plant was subsidized by the Russian State Program for Agriculture Development. According to Ivan Lebedev, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the facility is another step…

Potato Expo Innovation Hub 2019 Open And Accepting Submissions

Following a highly successful launch at the Potato Expo 2018, the Potato Expo Innovation Hub is now open and accepting abstract submissions for the Potato Expo 2019, the largest convention and trade show for the potato industry drawing more than 2,000 attendees and over 180 exhibiting companies. Potato Expo takes place January 9-10, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Located on the Trade Show floor, the Potato Expo Innovation Hub will…

2018 Ontario Potato Scout Training

The 2018 Potato Scout Training Day will be held Monday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Guelph. Scouting manuals and handouts will be provided. Register with Eugenia Banks.  

Europe to impose near-total ban on neonicotinoids

EU member states have voted in favour of a total outdoor ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides that was proposed by the European commission. The use of clothianidin, imidaclroprid and thiamethoxam across the EU has been restricted to non-flowering crops since 2013 over concerns they were harming bees and other insect pollinators. The new ban goes much further, completely prohibiting their use outdoors. Farmers will still be able to use them inside greenhouses….

WEBINAR: REMOTE SENSING FOR POTATO PRODUCTION

What is remote sensing, and how can we use it in today’s potato production systems? In this FREE webinar, on Wednesday, May 16, participants will learn about: Types of remote sensing equipment Remote sensing to assist with agronomic decisions Remote sensing in storage Remote sensing and variable rate nitrogen Presenters: Anne Smith, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. Her area of…

McDonald’s turns to local potatoes in Russia as U.S. sanctions impact the ruble

French fries at McDonald’s restaurants from Moscow to Murmansk will be Russian from now on, as the American fast-food chain turns to homegrown potatoes to deal with ruble volatility caused by fluctuating oil prices and Western sanctions. McDonald’s Corp, which opened in Russia in 1990 as the Soviet Union collapsed, has been gradually turning to local ingredients in its Russian outlets for everything from Big Macs to chicken burgers since it opened…

U.S. potato stocks up two per cent

The 13 major potato States held 134 million cwt (6.81 million ton) of potatoes in storage April 1, 2018, up two per cent from April 1, 2017, according to a USDA report released last week. Potatoes in storage Potatoes in storage accounted for 33 per cent of the fall storage States’ 2017 production, one percentage point more than last year. Disappearance Potato disappearance, at 266 million cwt, was down three per cent…

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