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Success with Organics Depends on Starting with the Right Seed

The price premium on organic produce of all kinds, combined with growing interest in sustainable farming, is tempting more and more agricultural producers to look towards organics. Though initially a little slower to take off than some organic crops, commercial organic potato production is now growing steadily. Here are some points to consider before embarking on organic farming. Since not all conventional potato varieties are suitable for organic production, it is wise…

Potatoes are Healthy……Again

Dr. Mehmet Oz, made famous by Oprah and now himself a popular talk-show host, dedicated much of his March 23, 2017 episode to promoting potatoes and educating viewers about their many uses (see it here: https://t.co/cQ1eWazTZw). The potato industry cheered. After all, our industry has not always seen eye to eye with Dr. Oz because he, like many celebrity influencers, has typically overlooked potatoes’ many health benefits in favour of riding the…

Best Investment? Clean Seed

The dollars and cents of farm business success aren’t always as simple as they might first appear. While minimizing costs can seem like a smart business decision, it is exactly the opposite if that up-front savings ends up costing crop quality and/or yield. The purchase of seed is a perfect example: while it can be tempting to buy the least costly seed potatoes available, investing in high quality, tested, disease-free seed will…

Benefits of Proper Seed Potato Handling and Shipping

In the springtime shipping rush, the organizing, grading, shipping and occasional crisis managing that define seed potato sales can make even the most seasoned producer frustrated. Unfortunately, the pressure to fill orders quickly can result in potatoes that went into storage in perfect condition arriving at customers’ doors bruised and cracked. Given that the ultimate goal and the key to long-term business success is customer satisfaction, speed needs to be secondary to…

Marketing Potatoes: Our Shared Responsibility and Combined Benefit

Back a generation or two ago when seemingly every North American home bought potatoes by the 20 lb bag and variety options were limited, marketing potatoes was straightforward: grocers simply put potatoes on their shelves and customers bought them. Instant access to information, hugely expanded grocery options, and a burgeoning number of potato types, sizes and end-uses, however, means potato marketing today is a critical, complicated priority that the entire value chain…

Traceability Should be a Priority for Every Producer

Across every sector and at every level of the agriculture industry, countless conversations are occurring these days about traceability. Now that technologies exist that can track origin, movement history and current locations of product – be it milk, livestock, or in this case, potatoes – traceability is becoming a huge priority for product producers, retailers and consumers alike. It is now possible to trace food products from the field to the consumer…

New Potato Varieties Meet Changing Industry Needs

The potato industry’s health, both in the immediate and long-term, depends on all players working to balance and achieve the value chain’s many, varied needs. Constantly changing consumer demands must be top priority for the industry. However, the needs of producers, packers and processors must also be considered. New varieties can prove beneficial to the entire value chain, solving many of the challenges facing today’s potato industry. While traditional fresh market Russet…

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