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New GM at World Potato Congress Inc.

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, Brian Douglas of Charlottetown, P.E.I. is the new general manager of the World Potato Congress Inc. Douglas replaces John Coady, who has served as general manager for the past 10 years. Coady says he is retiring. “I have had the honour of serving for 10 years as general manager and have enjoyed each and every day working with the board of directors, international advisors and the many, many…

Study Shows Advantages of Building Potato Processing Plants in Alberta and Idaho

An economics study funded by the Idaho Potato Commission concludes that Alberta and Idaho would be the best location for the next fry processing plant. The research shows that any processor planning to build a new frozen fry plant would be wise to locate it in Alberta or Idaho, according to a recently completed economics study funded by the Idaho Potato Commission. Joe Guenthner, an emeritus University of Idaho economics professor, and…

Increasing the efficiency of fertilizer use in potatoes

The federal government is investing $1.8 million with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to determine carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and develop beneficial management practices (BMPs) for increasing the efficiency of fertilizer use in potato crops, and in blueberry and forage crops. According to the Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC, the project will provide new science-based knowledge on net GHG emissions by…

Correctly Used Neonics Do Not Adversely Affect Honeybee Colonies, New Research Finds

The three most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides for flowering crops pose no risk to honeybee colonies when used correctly as seed treatments, according to new studies by University of Guelph researchers. Amid mounting controversy over use of neonicotinoids (neonics) and declining bee population, a new analysis by U of G scientists of previously unpublished studies and reports commissioned by agri-chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta – as well as published papers from the…

U.S. Fall Potato Production 2017 Down Two Per Cent

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates the United States fall potato potato production for 2017 at 399 million cwt, down two per cent from last year. The area harvested, at 900,600 acres, is down one per cent from the previous year. The average yield forecast, at 443 cwt per acre, is down 4 cwt (-0.9 per cent) from last year’s record high yield. In Idaho, growers reported some flooding and cool…

USDA/NIFA invests in U.S. potato breeding research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for research to increase the productivity, profitability, and natural resources stewardship of potato production systems. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Potato Research Breeding program. Recipients of the funding include: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, $273,235 University of Maine, Orono, Maine, $388,000 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, $620,160 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, $796,800…

Simplot, Iden Biotechnology partner to explore potential nutritional properties of potato

Spanish biotechnology company Iden Biotechnology is partnering with J.R. Simplot Company, potato processor and developer of Innate potatoes, to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment of the potato. As part of the agreement, Iden will identify promising genes for potential use in Simplot’s proprietary Innate biotechnology platform. Iden will use its identification and screening platform for the development of gene traits of agronomic relevance for main crops like corn, wheat or potato…

S-Scan Farms McCain Champion Grower in Alberta

S-Scan Farms of Scandia, Alta. was named the McCain 2016 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Coaldale plant during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held at the Coast Hotel in Lethbridge. Stan and Stuart Kanagawa accepted the Champion Grower Award for S-Scan Farms. They have been in the top 10 line-up a total of eight times. The growers who qualified for the top 10 roster, in order of final standings,…

Idaho’s Spud School 2018

Ask The Plant Academy is hosting Spud School 2018: Breaking Potato Quality and Yield Barriers, on January 15-16, in Fort Hall, Idaho. READ MORE  

Company wins appeal in dispute over shipped potatoes

A company involved in shipping seed potatoes from P.E.I. to Venezuela has successfully appealed a court order to pay more than $79,000. In a recent decision, two of three P.E.I. Court of Appeal judges agreed to vacate a summary judgment order for HZPC Americas Corporation to pay Havenlee Farms Inc. of Summerside, P.E.I. READ MORE

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