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Shifting with the Trends

Dale Rutledge remembers a time when drivers delivering the farm’s potatoes would tell their customers that the potatoes had slept in the ground the night before. “Our markets were more direct and local back then,” says Dale. “We would have our potatoes into the stores by 11 a.m.” Over the years, much has changed, with potatoes now having to travel much farther to warehouses to reach distant markets. Rutledge Farms has changed…

Market News

A glance at 2011’s production figures is cringe-worthy, due to the poor crop conditions in many areas during the growing season which drastically lowered crop yields. Statistics Canada’s 2012 production estimates are much improved, with totals that are slightly above trend-line averages. “We’ll adjust these numbers again in January, but the crop is recorded at being up about 8.6 per cent over the previous year,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the…

At The Root

People News Heather Moyse Remains Brand Ambassador for P.E.I. Potatoes The P.E.I. Potato Board is proud to announce that Heather Moyse, an Olympic gold medalist hailing from Prince Edward Island, will continue in her role as brand ambassador for P.E.I. Potatoes. After a successful first year representing P.E.I. Potatoes at consumer and trade events across Canada and via social media, Moyse will be active in promoting the brand while competing for spots…

Equipment and Technology Showcase

Crop Protection Syngenta, a global crop protection company, is offering Cruiser Maxx D Potato, a new liquid potato seed piece treatment aimed at enhancing potato production. Cruiser Maxx D Potato combines three chemistries in one liquid application. Fludioxonil and difenoconazole control Fusarium, including resistant biotypes, seed-borne Rhizoctonia and silver scurf. A third chemical—thiamethoxam—stops early-season insects for up to 100 days. “Syngenta continues to advance its seed care technology for potato growers. With…

World Review

Helping poor families in humid tropical regions. TROPICS Humidtropics, a major new research-for-development program, has been launched with the aim of increasing average farm income by 50 per cent, with 25 per cent of poor households lifted above the poverty line in the humid tropics in the next 15 years. Research leading to production system intensification will boost yields of staple crops and help to reduce the number of malnourished children by…

From our Desk

Waging War on Waste

Waste is a reality for all potato operations. Just how much waste varies, and the degree of waste often differs from season to season. Canadian growers commonly view waste as potatoes unusable for fresh market, processing or dehydration because they do not meet minimum size, grade or quality standards. Potatoes disposed of due to low market value caused by overproduction—typically referred to as cull potatoes—are also considered waste. Solanum, a potato processor…

Eye On The Nation

Canadian Potato Council David Jones, Manager, Potato Industry Co-ordination Canadian Horticultural Council/Canadian Potato Council The Canadian Potato Council continues to be active in advocating for Canadian potato producers and has made significant progress on a number of initiatives over the past year. A major milestone was reached with the completion of the National Potato Research and Innovation Strategy. Based on a series of industry stakeholder consultations conducted across the country last summer,…

What’s New With GPS Technology?

To get the kind of accuracy required—typically to within an inch or better—farmers have had to rely up to now on RTK systems, which transmit signals from a base station via a wireless radio tower to the receiver in the tractor or other equipment. One disadvantage of RTK is that it has a limited range and coverage isn’t universal, as the infrastructure is expensive to install for retailers who usually provide the…

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…

Adding Value to Potato Starch

Few products are as versatile as potato starch. To name just a few of its many applications, potato starch can be found in the kitchens of most Chinese restaurants around the world, where it’s used as a thickener. It is used in many snack foods, including dry-roasted peanuts, to hold the flavouring in place. Potato starch is utilized for filtration in yeast production, and it is widely used throughout the food processing…

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