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U.S. potato stocks up two per cent

The 13 major potato States held 134 million cwt (6.81 million ton) of potatoes in storage April 1, 2018, up two per cent from April 1, 2017, according to a USDA report released last week. Potatoes in storage Potatoes in storage accounted for 33 per cent of the fall storage States’ 2017 production, one percentage point more than last year. Disappearance Potato disappearance, at 266 million cwt, was down three per cent…

Potatoes and Good Health Go Hand-In-Hand

Do potatoes belong in a healthy diet? Following a decades-long tide of negative buzz about the potato’s role in weight gain, diabetes and a host of other ills, this is the question the potato industry would like to answer once and for all with a resounding “yes!” Thanks to a recent initiative focused on potatoes and health, the industry is a big step closer to that goal, according to John Bareman, chair…

Which came first: humans or the sweet potato?

Sweet potatoes were domesticated thousands of years ago in the Americas. So 18th century European explorers were surprised to find Polynesians had been growing the crop for centuries. Anthropologists have since hypothesized that Polynesian seafarers had brought the tuber back from expeditions to South America — a journey of over 7,500 kilometers. New genetic evidence instead suggests that wild precursors to sweet potatoes reached Polynesia at least 100,000 years ago — long…

Registration granted for a potato seed treatment to help manage pink rot

Syngenta Canada Inc. announces the registration of Revus fungicide as a potato seed treatment for the suppression of pink rot and control of seed-borne late blight in potatoes. Pink rot is a soil-borne disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora erythroseptica that thrives in wet, poorly drained soils. Infection typically takes place pre-harvest, as the pathogen enters tubers through the stem end and lenticels. Tubers infected with pink rot will often decay during harvest and…

U.K. report states potatoes provide health benefits

For decades, potatoes have been branded unhealthy and humans have been advised to avoid consuming too many of them. But now, researchers say that consuming the popular tuber is actually good for you. Scientists who reviewed a host of evidence are pushing for potatoes to be reassessed for their “clear” health benefits. They have uncovered evidence in a 60-page report that consuming potatoes could slash the risk of having a heart attack…

Market News

The market for Manitoba potatoes will soon be significantly bigger, thanks to J.R. Simplot’s planned plant expansion in Portage la Prairie, Man. Simplot announced earlier this month it will spend $40 million on the project which will more than double the capacity of the french fry plant. “It will have a big impact. First of all, it means more market for the product,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato…

Accelerated Release Offers a Variety of Options

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) accelerated release program is a bit like the Olympics of potato variety development. And just like the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, also happening this month, only the very best will make it to the podium. Out of approximately 100,000 initial AAFC potato seedlings grown in the field six years ago, 15 are being released for industry evaluation this year, and it could take up to three…

Fall potato production estimate steady

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Statistics Canada estimate that North American potato growers produced 506 million cwt. in fall 2017. That amount would be a decrease of 1% from 2016, according to the report issued by the organizations Feb. 12. The dip is consistent with the expectation conveyed in the December report on North American potato production. Canadian growers harvested 106 million cwt., up slightly from the previous year. U.S. production…

A better potato makes a better french fry

The potato industry will have plenty of choices when Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada hosts the annual potato selection event on February 14 at the Fredericton Research and Development Centre. The annual potato selection release open house will also be held jointly in Guelph, Ont. and Lethbridge, Alta. on the same day. Fifteen selections from the potato breeding program are available for trial, offering growers a wide range of promising new potatoes. There…

Potatoes USA Creates Program to Fuel Athletic Performance

American potato marketing and research organization Potatoes USA has developed a new program in nutrition and athletic performance. Created in partnership with four experts, the program promotes 13 new recipes designed to encourage active consumers to power their performance with potatoes. The recipes are innovative and include potato soups, bread and even desserts. The new recipes were developed using the most recent compilation of nutrition recommendations for athletes published jointly by the…

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