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Potato Europe 2017 welcomed 10,000 visitors, despite weather

Despite the cancellation of Day 1 of Potato Europe (Wednesday, Sept. 13) and the less-than-perfect weather on Day 2, the 270 exhibitors were able to welcome around 10,000 visitors on Thursday, Sept. 14. The trade fair was opened by the mayor of the Noordoostpolder, Aucke van der Werff. By pushing the button, he started the harvesting demonstrations. The harvested potatoes of variety Innovator went straight into the box-filling demonstration and storage lines….

Webcast: Seed Potato Certification

The Plant Management Network (PMN) has released a new presentation to help potato consultants, growers and other practitioners in Canada and the U.S. learn about the basics of seed potato certification. Seed certification provides assurance to growers that seed-borne potato diseases are kept under acceptable levels, and helps the industry consistently provide high quality products to consumers. The webcast, developed by Robert D. Davidson, professor and extension specialist at Colorado State University,…

Potato Variety Demonstration, CDC South, Alberta

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Crop Diversification Centre South (CDCS) in Brooks is holding a Potato Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, starting at 1 p.m. Over 100 potato cultivars will be on display, and specialists will be on hand to provide more information on CDC’s variety development initiatives. Agenda: Potato Program and Potato Variety Evaluation Trial(s) – AB, with Dr. Michele Konschuh AAFC National Potato Breeding Trial and Accelerated Release Program,…

Potato research lab shares milestones at open house

Benoit Bizimungu spends about 12 years working on a single type of potato, trying to develop a more resilient crop that requires less fertilizer or chemical. The research scientist had a chance to share his work with the public Saturday, Aug. 19, when his workplace, the Fredericton Research and Development Centre, opened its laboratory doors to the public. More than 300 people stopped by the open house to get a peek into…

New Public Trust Research Tackles Transparency in 2017

Find out what consumers are looking for from restaurants, grocery stores, food companies, governments and farmers at the CCFI Summit Public trust and transparency continue to evolve as priority agenda items for many stakeholders and governments across the agri-food sector from coast to coast.  If transparency is no longer optional – what does that mean and what actions are needed by those who work in food or farming. The Canadian Centre for…

44th Annual Alliston Potato Festival

The 44th Annual Alliston Potato Festival goes this weekend, starting today, Aug. 11, 12 and 13, in Allison, Ont. With a parade and numerous attractions, this is a must-go-to-event for Ontario potato growers AND consumers. More information

PotatoEurope 2017: Meet the World, Feed Your Mind

PotatoEurope 2017 opens its doors Sept. 13-14 in Emmeloord, Netherlands, with the theme “potatoes feed/meet the world.” PotatoEurope consists of an international trade fair, field demonstrations, multiple machinery demonstrations, knowledge sessions, a young professional program, an innovation award, company visits and much more. About 15,000 visitors are expected from 50 countries, and will watch potato harvesters, transport vehicles, tractors, storage machinery and box filling equipment – all live in action. In addition,…

2017 Ontario Potato Field Day

The Ontario Potato Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 17 at the Alliston HJV Equipment location. This is an excellent opportunity for growers to see what is new in potato equipment, to have a look at new varieties and to exchange information.  In addition, a trade show will feature new potato technology to enhance production practices. A showcase of innovative new potato equipment will include: The New 6M 1500mm Potato…

Parkland Potato Varieties Field Day

Parkland Potato Varieties is hosting a field day at the Crop Diversification Centre South in Brooks, Alta. on August 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following varieties have been selected for the 2017 trial field: Processing Varieties: Basin Russet, Bridget, Excellency Chipping Varieties: AAC Hamer, Destiny Main Market Yellows: Arizona, Yellow Star Main Market Whites: AAC Hamer, Volare Reds: Rosagold Creamers: Anouk,  Destiny, Rosagold, Yellow Star Kirby and Paul Sawatzky…

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