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In the spring 2018 issue of Spud Smart, we showcase the 2018 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada accelerated release varieties. Also in this issue, read about the next level of weed control, Colorado potato beetle management techniques, and the effect of climate change on potato production now and into the future.

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German Potato Processing Industry Association Expects Crop Shortage Due to Drought

Due to the long ongoing drought and heat wave, the potato harvest in Germany and Europe will be significantly reduced in quantity, as well as quality compared to the previous year. This is the current assessment of the BOGK (German Association of Fruit, Vegetables and Potato Processing Industry). Based on the available reports from the crop growing areas the BOGK is expecting a significantly lower potato harvest for this year. Farming and…

Ireland: Potatoes Stop Growing in Parched Earth

David Rodgers, the second generation of his family growing potatoes in Ballyboughal, and his father have never experienced anything like it. So parched is the earth in this famously lush and fertile north Co Dublin countryside – renowned for its food produce – that potatoes are not growing at all. One of four brothers who grow Queens, Kerr’s Pinks and mostly Roosters over 250 acres, they supply Country Crest, which in turn…

Shortage of Potatoes Leads Cavendish Farms to Close Fresh Packaging Facility in O’Leary

Cavendish Farms announced today that they will be focusing on the frozen potato processing business on Prince Edward Island due to the limited availability of raw product (potatoes). The decision will result in the closure of their fresh produce packaging facility in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island at the end of the year. The closure will affect 40 employees. “Cavendish Farms has had to make this difficult business decision based on ongoing demand,…

Idahoan Foods Takes Insurer to Court Over 2016 Potato Plant Fire

Dehydrated potato manufacturer Idahoan Foods has filed lawsuit related to a 2016 fire at the Idaho Supreme potato dehydration plant in Firth. In the suit, first filed in May, Idahoan Foods alleges that its insurer breached contracts and fair dealing requirements. Idahoan Foods contracts with Idaho Supreme to supply dehydrated potatoes. The Idaho Supreme plant had a major fire on Sept. 5, 2016, which resulted in a more than three-month closure. During…

Potato And Onion Prices In Turkey Still At The Heart Of The Agenda

The Turkish market has been experiencing a significant rise in potato and onion prices, two staples of Turkish dinner tables. Consumers were naturally quite unhappy with this situation and a lot of speculation has been made in the market to understand why this dramatic rise had happened. Turkey Minister of Agriculture Ahmet Esref Fakibaba: “We have enough potato production in Turkey, our annual production is around 5 million tons and our consumption…

Vietnam’s Import Demand For Chinese Potato Is Strong

At present in Vietnam, each potato processing plant has a demand for potato of 180,000 tons per year. However, domestic demand can only meet 30-40% of these processing plants. The representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam recently said at the International Potato Center cooperation seminar held in Hanoi that in the past, Vietnam had a large potato planting area of about 130,000 hectares. For some time, the…

Farm24: British Farmers Tell Their Stories On Social Media On August 9

24 Hours in Farming is the agricultural industry’s biggest online event with an audience reach of more than 112 million. Each year, British farmers take to social media for one day to post pictures, videos and text to show and explain the work they are doing that day. The aim is to show consumers the vast extent of the effort and care which goes into producing the food they eat. This year’s…

‘Canadian Potato Growers Made Wise Planting Decisions,’ Says Grower Organization

Statistics Canada released the first official estimate of planted Canadian potato acreage for 2018. Planted acreage nationally is slightly up +0.5% and is estimated to be 347,416 acres, compared to 345,817 acres planted in 2017. “It overall reflects improved demand for processing products,” says the general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, Kevin MacIsaac. He says the slight increase further indicates that producers “have made wise planting decisions after assessing…

Solar Sensors: A Less Stressful, More Consistent Way to Plant and Harvest

Mickelsen Farms in Idaho Falls, Idaho keeps five eight-row planters running around the clock to get their 10,000 acres of potatoes into the ground. Frustrated by inconsistent emergence, they opted to give sonar sensors a try on their planters two years ago. My guess? A decade from now, pretty much everyone is going to be following Mickelsen Farms’ sonar sensing lead, and lots of farmers are going to be using sonar sensors…

Enormous Potato Production Potential in Africa

Since 1990, the acreage used for potato production worldwide has increased by 40%. The delivered volume has also doubled. Over the same period, the trade value of potatoes has shot up by 400%. Dr Maximo Torero is the World Bank’s Executive Director. He says that, in a large part, this imbalance of increasing production versus the increasing value of potatoes can be found in the frozen product sector. “The most significant increase…

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