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CIP recognized with award of excellence at the International Pest Management Symposium

The International Potato Center (CIP) was recognized with an International IPM Award of Excellence at the 9th International Symposium on Pest Management in Baltimore, Maryland. In the early 1990s, CIP Integrated Pest Management and plant pathology team recognized the need to take a farmer-centric approach to curb the devastating losses in potato yields from late blight infestations. Partial or complete crop loss can be catastrophic for smallholder farmers who rely on seasonal…

Malta potato industry in decline

Over a decade, Malta potato exports fell from 7,200 tonnes in the 2004 crop to just 3,100 tonnes in 2014, a massive 56 per cent drop. This relentless decline of potato cultivation in Malta was documented in an overview of the agricultural sector in the national 2018-2028 policy that described export levels falling “drastically” in 2015 and 2016 due to the shortage of rainfall. Even the area dedicated for the cultivation of…

From muddy spud to the perfect French fry: Information experts are optimizing potato production

Modern potato harvesting can be a pretty rough business. In years gone by, the farmers would be out in the fields assisted by friends and family carefully digging up the potato crop by hand. Today, mechanical harvesters are in use. But if the machinery is not adjusted correctly, the potatoes can get badly bumped and knocked as they move along the agitator belts, hitting stones and each other on their way. This…

Georgia Bans Import of Potatoes from Turkey

Georgia’s Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture stated that they have banned potato imports from Turkey until July 2018 to eliminate the spread of “potato cancer” on Georgian territory. The relevant decree was signed by the Georgian Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvli. The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili, stated that prohibition of potato imports from Turkey for several months is a temporary sanitary measure. “This is a sanitary…

Judge: U.S. illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields infested with a microscopic pest that could threaten the state’s $1.2 billion potato industry. But U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge left the restrictions in place because lifting them could lead to quarantines across a state that produces a third of the nation’s potatoes. The discovery of the pale cyst nematode in 2006 was the pest’s first appearance…

New Chairman at Potatoes USA

Dan Moss from Declo, Idaho, was sworn in as the new Chairman of Potatoes USA at the organization’s 2018 annual meeting, held March 12-15 in Denver, Colo. Moss is the CEO of Moss Ag and Arrowhead Potato Company, a company that focuses on the fresh potato sector. He will replace John Halverson. Other executive committee members include: Jaren Raybould, Saint Anthony, Idaho, and Phil Hickman, Horntown, Va, co-chairmen (Domestic Marketing Committee); Marty Myers,…

Ireland selected to host 2021 World Potato Congress

The Irish Potato Federation – with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Bord Bia, Failte Ireland and Teagasc – has won its bid to host the World Potato Congress (WPC) in 2021 in Dublin. It is envisaged that 1,000 delegates from developing and developed countries across the globe – including: growers; researchers; producers; traders; processors; and manufacturers – will attend the congress. The Irish Potato Federation has also…

Start with Healthy Potato Seed

Healthy potato seed is the cornerstone of potato production. Indeed, healthy seed helps to ensure a healthy yield. Join the free one-hour Spud Smart webinar — Start with Healthy Potato Seed — on Thursday, March 29. In this free webinar, participants will learn about: The importance of healthy seed How adverse storage conditions affect seed stock Proper seed handling tips How to find that perfect seed stock Presenters: Steven B. Johnson, Ph.D.,…

Potato Growers of Quebec AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Potato Growers of Quebec (Les Producteurs de pommes de terre du Québec) will be held at the Lévis Convention and Exhibition Center at 5750, rue J.-B.-Michaud, Lévis, on March 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.pptq.ca/nouveautes.htm, or email info@pptq.ca. Agenda (French language)  

New Publication – Plant Nutrition Diagnostics: Potato

Good nutrition is essential for supporting potato plant health and providing the necessary defense against plant disease and stress. The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), J.R. Simplot Company and Tennessee State University have collaborated on a new publication that provides readers with access to a unique collection of hundreds of high resolution photographs that document a wide range of nutrient deficiency symptoms in potato plants with remarkable clarity. Developed within a unique…

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