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Family Farm Deeply Rooted in New Brunswick Potato Belt

Ferm Givskud Farm Inc. has a long history of growing potatoes in New Brunswick. The third generation family farm near Grand Falls, N.B. has been in operation more than 85 years. “It was started by my grandfather, who came here in 1928 from Denmark. At that time it was mixed farm, potatoes and animals,” says current owner Mike Givskud. “In 1964, my father took over. He did mixed farming for one year,…

Industry News

PEOPLE NEWS P.E.I. Potato Board Elects New Chairman The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has elected Alex Docherty of Elmwood, P.E.I., as its new chairman of the board, succeeding Gary Linkletter who completed four years as board chair. Docherty and his family own and operate Skyeview Farms Ltd., growing seed and tablestock potatoes. Docherty also represents the seed sector for the Charlottetown District on the PEIPB. The new vice-chairman of the board…

World Review

Peru Peru’s farmers are able to access a greater diversity of potato varieties for climate adaptation, thanks to the continued work of a groundbreaking agreement between the International Potato Center (CIP), the Peruvian NGO known as Andes, and the Association of the Potato Park Communities. In the Peruvian highlands near Cusco, climate change has already had a substantial impact on potato production. Rising temperatures have been correlated with increased pests and diseases,…

Market News

Despite the fact that significantly fewer acres were planted in Canada last spring due to poor weather and reductions in processor contracts, yields for last year’s potato crop were actually up from 2013. “We planted [fewer] 7,000 acres, but we had very, very good yields. The yields are the highest on record in Canada,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada. According to figures released by Statistics Canada, the…

Eye On The Nation

New Brunswick By Louis Ouellette, Market Information Co-ordinator, Potatoes New Brunswick The 2014 fall harvest in New Brunswick took place under almost perfect weather conditions, with late September and early October offering ideal conditions for digging. The main harvest started the week of Sept. 22, and there was frost on some fields that week that resulted in reduced yields on affected farms as well as some plants shutting down a little earlier…

Alberta Potato Conference

A report from the well-attended 48th edition of the Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show. The 48th annual Alberta Potato Conference and Trade Show put on by the Potato Growers of Alberta on Nov. 18 to 20 in Red Deer, Alta., attracted a record number of growers and industry participants. In addition to the value-packed technical sessions, the event featured the largest Alberta Potato Industry Associates sponsored trade show ever. The unique…

Tuber Talk

Potato Wart

Most commercial potato growers in Canada know that if potato wart is detected in a field where potatoes are grown, the economic consequences can be quite serious. Some experts regard potato wart as the most important worldwide quarantine pathogen of potato. Potato wart also goes by a number of other names, such as black wart of potato, cauliflower disease, potato tumor, potato cancer, potato canker and warty disease. It’s believed the disease…

Preparing the Land

But there are other steps for ensuring a good potato crop beyond tillage and forming good hills and seed beds. Testing the fertility of the soil and applying early-season nutrients if necessary, as well as other agricultural practices like planting cover crops, can all play an important role in ensuring your crop gets off to a good start.Growers, like boy scouts, know it’s important to be prepared. Each spring, potato fields across…

Domestication of the Potato

Domestication can be defined as the human creation of a new form of a plant or animal — one that is clearly different from its wild ancestors and relatives. Of the tens of thousands of plant species on the planet, only a few hundred have been domesticated. Of these, a dozen or so — including the potato — provide a large majority of the world’s food supply. The potato as we know it…

Searching for an Agile Potato

It’s no secret that rice has been the dominant crop in Asia for some time. It’s estimated that more than 90 per cent of the world’s rice supply is produced in the region and it occupies more land there than any other single crop. A team of researchers with the International Potato Centre (CIP) recently began work on a program that it hopes will provide more and better planting choices for growers…

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