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Agritechnica

Every two years, Hanover, Germany hosts Agritechnica, the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment. Agritechnica 2015 attracted almost 3,000 exhibitors from 50-plus nations along with tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries to Hanover in November. Spud Smart was there and was able to peruse the latest in cutting edge potato equipment on display. Here are some products that caught our eye. Every-Air Tarp Winner of…

Equipment and Technology Showcase

Syngenta Fungicide Syngenta Canada Inc. has launched Orondis Ultra, a new fungicide for the control of oomycete diseases caused by downy mildews and Phytophthora species in potatoes and other vegetables. Late blight, caused by the oomycete Phytophthora infestans, is the single most damaging potato disease. Applied preventatively in potatoes, Orondis Ultra delivers an unprecedented 21 days of residual late blight control, says Eric Phillips, product lead, fungicides and insecticides, with Syngenta Canada. Orondis…

Eye On The Nation

Prince Edward Island By Alex Docherty – Chairman, Prince Edward Island Potato Board The P.E.I. Potato Technology Expo was held in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Feb. 26-27. Unlike many previous years, the weather was great for travel and there was an excellent turnout for both the seminar sessions and the trade show. The conference was well attended by industry members who heard from a number of keynote speakers, including Tom Wolf of Agrimetrix Research and…

Market News

MARCH FIGURES for storage holdings from the United Potato Growers of Canada show an increase of just over four million hundredweight of potatoes from the same period in 2015, mostly due to a rise in processing stock. “For processing, we’re above [the 2015 storage numbers] but that’s also a given since there was an increased contract volume awarded last year, so that’s fine,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of UPGC, adding there’s…

From our Desk

Promoting Knowledge in the Produce Aisle

As the editor of Spud Smart, I peruse all kinds of potato-related information every day. I see a lot of interesting stories, and something I came across not too long ago got me thinking: Wouldn’t it be great if the people manning the produce aisle in my local supermarket knew more about potatoes? It’s an idea that the U.S. Potato Board has taken to heart, with a program it has introduced to…

World Review

Maine A little-understood bacteria is bringing back an older potato disease and threatening the reputation of Maine seed potatoes, which farmers up and down the U.S. East Coast buy to grow their own spuds. Since last summer, Tim Hobbs, the Maine Potato Board’s director of development and grower relations, has been spending a lot of his time on Dickeya, a bacteria that was responsible for an outbreak of the potato disease blackleg…

Industry News

 PEOPLE NEWS  New Appointments at World Potato Congress Two Canadians have been appointed to the World Potato Congress board of directors. The appointees are Peter VanderZaag, president of Sunrise Potato Ltd. in Alliston, Ont., and John Jamieson, Deputy Minister of the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. In addition, André Jooste, CEO of Potatoes South Africa, has been appointed to the WPC’s international advisory committee. The next WPC, which works promote sharing of…

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