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Frost Damage in Berwick, NS

A heavy frost in the night from June 3 to 4 has taken its toll on some crops in Annapolis Valley. Morse’s Farm Limited owner and operator Anthony Morse said he is waiting to see how well his early potato crop bounces back after the plants, which had been flourishing, incurred significant damage. Examining his fields on June 4, Morse estimates that the so-called hard frost killed 20 to 25 percent of…

University of Maine Releases New Gourmet Potato Variety

Sporting a unique and striking skin pattern, the newly released Pinto Gold potato has been in development for 12 years. Out of 50,000 individual varieties tested at Univ of Maine’s Aroostook Research Farm, the Pinto Gold was selected as the most promising. The potato isn’t destined for large scale chip or french fry manufacturing, but for local gardeners, restaurants, and home cooking. Gregory Porter, Professor of Agronomy at the University of Maine, says:…

Imagine a World Without Potatoes campaign launched

Despite the fact people have been eating potatoes since time immemorial, today consumption is stagnating in some countries because of changes in eating habits and misconceptions about potato’s nutritional qualities. But what few people know is that this familiar tuber, that is so taken for granted, may hold the key to food security for future generations. In years to come, farmers will be increasingly hard pressed to keep up with global demand…

Potato experts from around the globe gather in Cusco, Peru

More than 800 potato scientists, industry representatives, government officials and other interested parties from 50 countries have gathered in the Andean city of Cusco, Peru for the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the 28th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP), held from May 27 to 31. The event, which includes ample participation by scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP), has raised the potato’s profile in Peru and beyond…

Ireland to Host WPC 2021

No other European nation has a more special relationship with the potato than Ireland. So, it is only fitting that the 11th World Potato Congress will be held in Dublin, Ireland, May 24-27, 2021. The congress will be hosted by the Irish Potato Federation, with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), Fáilte Ireland (Irish Tourist Board) and Teagasc. It will truly be…

2018 Ontario Potato Scout School

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 (Scottsdale Drive). On the agenda: Introduction to Potato IPM Potato Scouting Guidelines Diseases Insects Weeds Other Problems Scouting manuals and handouts will be provided. Register by email with Eugenia Banks.  

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…

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