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Bumper Yield Plagues India’s Potato Farmers

Bumper potato production has placed farmers in a quandary across India. According to several news reports, farmers have been forced to destroy potatoes due to falling prices and lack of storage facilities. Thousand of potato growers in southwest UP, West Bengal,Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh have either resorted to destroy their produce or left it at farms and cold storages. Owners of cold storage are also incurring losses. As per the initial…

Swedish scientist makes dairy substitute from potatoes

If you go to any well-stocked supermarket you will find many milk options. You no longer need to choose between light, whole or skim milk – or any other varieties from cows. Plant-based products are growing in popularity. You can enjoy steaks or cheese made of soybeans. But milk alternatives on the shelves might be made of soy, almonds, coconuts, rice, cashews or oats. If that isn’t enough, make way for potato…

P.E.I. shipping in potatoes to make up for low crop yield

P.E.I. has experienced a lower potato crop yield than usual this year and has been forced to ship in spuds from other areas of the country to make up for it.​ The province remains Canada’s heaviest hitter in terms of potato production, producing roughly 25 per cent of the country’s annual yield. However, dry weather conditions over the summer reduced the Island crop yield by about eight per cent this year — the largest drop among major growers in…

Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys

More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also process their own chips. They’re changing direction because of various causes, and they enter the processing industry increasingly often. Not an easy start One of the companies that chose to do things completely differently is Landlust Frites from Moerkapelle, in the Netherlands. Derreck…

Bayer launches potato herbicide Sencor STZ

Bayer has announced the launch of Sencor STZ, a powerful and innovative new herbicide for broad-spectrum control of all major annual grass and broadleaf weeds in potatoes. According to a news release, Sencor STZ combines the trusted control of Sencor with a new Group 14 mode of action, providing Canadian potato growers a new weed control option for their field and offering a convenient resistance management tool. As a pre-emergent herbicide, Sencor…

U.S. Red River Valley potato quality, harvest good

Minnesota and North Dakota Red River Valley potato producers shipped more than 700,000 hundredweight of potatoes in September and October, a 32 per cent increase over last year’s count, according to the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA). That’s slightly ahead of shipments at that time for the 2015 crop, making this year the largest fresh crop harvest in many years, according to the association. Producers faced a trucking shortage because truckers…

Experimental tuber could cut disease in developing nations

An experimental “golden” potato could hold the power to prevent disease and death in developing countries where residents rely heavily upon the starchy food for sustenance, new research suggests. A serving of the yellow-orange lab-engineered potato has the potential to provide as much as 42 per cent of a child’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 34 per cent of a child’s recommended intake of vitamin E, according to a recent…

Nearly half of all fresh potatoes thrown away daily by UK households

Nearly half of the edible fresh potatoes bought by UK householders each day are thrown away – nearly 2.7 million of them per day, and at a “staggering” annual cost of £230m, according to an article in The Guardian, a British daily newspaper. The humble spud is the second most wasted food in the UK, behind bread, according to new official figures released on Wednesday. The new research was offered in support…

Low-carb potatoes hitting the market

Low-carb potatoes continue to make inroads in the fresh market sector. Potandon Produce unveiled its first low-carbohydrate potato Oct. 19 during the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit convention in New Orleans. The Idaho Falls-based company boasts its CarbSmart potato has 55 per cent fewer carbohydrates than rice or pasta. Earlier this year, a new low-carb spud appeared on shelves in New Zealand. With 40 per cent less carbohydrates and calories than ordinary…

Early success for Late Blight Resistance trial in Potatoes

A genetically improved potato designed to have resistance to a devastating global plant disease has successfully come through the first year of field trials. The field trial conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich involves incorporating late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a cultivated Maris Piper potato. “The first year of the Maris Piper field trial has worked brilliantly,” said Professor Jonathan Jones of The Sainsbury Laboratory….

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