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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…

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Metal Detector Integrating a metal detector with a potato processing line is easy with the new CEIA THS/RB-800 system from Heat and Control, Inc. At 800 millimetres long, this compact system includes a CEIA THS/SL21 series Slim-Line metal detector, round belt conveyor, operating controls, and an optional conveyor speed-sensing encoder, all pre-assembled on a sanitary support frame. The polyurethane cord conveyor is available in three widths and can be removed without tools….

Tools for Success

To protect their investment, it’s important for growers to keep on top of the latest innovations in ventilation, humidification and spout control when storing their potato crops. Spud Smart talked to some industry experts about new equipment, products and technologies aimed at ensuring storage success. Remote Control Ashley Gorman, vice-president of sales at P.E.I.-based Gorman Controls, believes the most important new technologies to hit the scene in recent years have been those…

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  Soil Moisture Monitoring The Valley SoilPro 1200 uses advanced technology to collect detailed soil moisture data and to provide practical advice for growers on when and how much to irrigate. Potato producers who utilize irrigation can pump less and use only the water their crop needs, using just the right volume of water to achieve maximum yield. Powered by AquaSpy, the SoilPro 1200 is an accurate, high-quality capacitance probe that contains 12…

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Precision Farming Display The new TMX-2050 from Trimble is a modern precision farming display that is built on the popular Android operating system and optimized for the company’s Connected Farm service, an integrated operations management system that facilitates information exchange across the entire farm. “Combining the latest technology in hardware, software and data management, the display is the in-cab tool that seamlessly integrates with Connected Farm and takes farmers to the next…

Eliminating the Paper Chase

At the height of harvest, Brian Sackett, owner of Sackett Potatoes in Mecosta County, Mich., runs three harvesters in three fields going to three different bins, putting away 1.1-million hundredweight of potatoes destined for the chipping industry. Ten years ago, an employee would sit at the scale for up to 16 hours a day, recording truck weights as each potato load came in from harvesting more than 3,400 acres. Sackett felt there…

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Mobile Field Management Farm Credit Canada has introduced a new mobile application that enables growers to use their smartphones or tablets to record field data, which can be shared and downloaded onto a home computer. The Field Manager PRO Mobile application has geographic information systems capability and gives producers the ability to mark out target areas, track soil testing and geo-referenced photos as well as enter field and crop data, while at…

Calculating a Greener Path to Potatoes

With rising temperature trends around the world and the growing awareness of the role of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in global warming, many individuals and organizations are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact or carbon footprint. The carbon footprint produced in the process of putting food on the dinner table is not insubstantial — for example, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research estimates that the agriculture industry is responsible…

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Transporting Potatoes GOW Group Inc., an industrial fabrication facility in Grand Falls, N.B., is offering a new, redesigned bulk box for transporting potatoes and other produce. The box offers a number of new features, including a vertical sliding side gate, round construction, front and rear planetary drives, and an easy-access swing out hydraulic compartment. GOW owner/operator, Marco Gagnon, says the time was right for a redesign. “The box was the same design…

Tools of The Trade

Rob Van Roessel, chairman of the Potato Growers of Alberta, and owner of Courtland Hill Farms, grows 390 acres of potatoes in Bow Island, Alta. Terry Curley, owner of Monaghan Farms, grows 1100 acres of potatoes in the Kensington area of Prince Edward Island. Jamie Lundy grows 1400 acres of potatoes with his brother Michael and father Alan near Alliston, Ont. Scott Anderson is the farms manager for Barrich Farms and the…

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