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In this space in our last issue, our director of Digital Strategies at Issues Ink, Jill Hollosi, informed Spud Smart magazine readers about the brand new look, enhanced responsiveness and increased functionality of spudsmart.com. That was just the start. There have been some more exciting new digital developments and engagement opportunities for website visitors here at Spud Smart. I’m pleased to tell you about our new Spud Smart podcasts and webinars. This…

Market News

2015 WAS generally a very good year for potato production in Canada. Excellent growing conditions across most parts of the country lead to a second straight record-setting year for potato yields. According to Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, the national yield per acre for the 2015 crop was 305 hundredweight. That’s up from the then record high of 297 hundredweight per acre set in 2014. MacIsaac…

WORLD REVIEW

Mars In Ridley Scott’s science fiction drama The Martian, Matt Damon’s character plays a botanist who discovers how to grow potatoes on the Red Planet. Now, scientists are conducting an experiment that will bring them a step closer to making that a reality. NASA and the Peru-based International Potato Center (CIP) will start cultivating potatoes in Mars-like conditions on Earth, with the hope of eventually building a controlled dome on Mars capable…

Industry News

PEOPLE NEWS P.E.I. Potato Board Elects New Executive The Prince Edward Island Potato Board elected new executive during its board of directors meeting in December. Alex Docherty of Elmwood, P.E.I. was re-elected for a second year as board chair, while the new vice-chair of the board is Rodney Dingwell of Morell, P.E.I. The third member of the board’s executive committee is Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec, P.E.I., who was elected secretary-treasurer. New Appointment…

Equipment and Technology Showcase

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….

Eye On The Nation

Prince Edward Island By Alex Docherty – Chairman, Prince Edward Island Potato Board Challenges and opportunities are ahead for efforts to market the 2015 crop at a level growers need for a good return on investment. In Prince Edward Island, our production was actually down 1.5 per cent from 2014 due to variable yields across the province; however, good yields and increases in volume in the east, particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Maine, will add to…

Protecting Your Investment

While some outside the industry may consider a potato grower’s work to be done after harvest, producers know that’s only the first half of the job. Properly storing potatoes and understanding the various storage requirements for tablestock and processing potatoes and the varieties within those sectors is paramount for success, and also for maintaining a competitive edge in securing customers and meeting contract obligations. Robert Coffin, the noted Canadian potato researcher and…

Closing in on 50

The 49th annual Potato Growers of Alberta Conference and Trade Show was held Nov. 17-19 in Red Deer, Alta. More than 300 growers, their families and Industry participants attended the jam-packed three days of technical speakers, meetings, trade show displays and a ladies partner’s program. “Every year we try to add something new or tweak what we already have done, to make it enjoyable for all in attendance,” said Terence Hochstein, executive…

Russeting of Red-Skinned Potatoes is a Tough Problem

An attractive appearance is crucial in the marketing of table potatoes. A clean, shiny, bright-coloured skin free of diseases or other defects is desired in red-skinned cultivars such as Norland, Pontiac and Peregrine. Unfortunately a range of diseases and disorders can interfere with the appearance of red-skinned potatoes. In some years russeting of the skin is one of the most common quality complaints facing growers of red-skinned potatoes. While a russeted skin is an…

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