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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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Potatoes: A Major Provider of Fibre and Vitamins to the UK Diet

In the UK, potatoes contribute 12% of the total fibre, 14% of the vitamin C and 13% of the vitamin B6 intake in adults. These figures, from Public Health England, marry well with the messages in BBC programme The truth about ‘carbs’ that aired on 6 June. The dietitian behind the show, Dr Alison Barnes, said it was about encouraging people to eat ‘smarter’ carbs. Dr Barnes said: “The aim was to…

World Potato Congress Announces 2018 Industry Winners

An Industry Award Ceremony was held to recognize three individuals who have devoted their life’s work to the potato industry, during the 10th World Potato Congress in Cusco, Peru. The three Industry Award winners are: Dr. Anton J. Haverkort, The Netherlands, ING. Alberto Salas Lopez, Peru and Dr. Gary Secor, United States of America. Dr. Haverkort was raised on a basic seed potato farm in The Netherlands. He completed his MSc at…

Bayer Closes Monsanto Acquisition

Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto on Thursday, June 7. Shares in the U.S. company will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with Bayer now the sole owner of Monsanto Company. Monsanto shareholders are being paid 128 U.S. dollars per share. J.P. Morgan assisted Bayer with processing the purchase price payment for the largest acquisition in the company’s history. According to the conditional approval from the United…

Potatoes Experience an Innovation Boom in Peru

According to the executive director of Cite Papa and other Andean Crops, Celfia Obregon Ramirez, potatoes have stopped being just an agricultural crop and have become the great source innovation in Peru, which has the greatest diversity of potatoes in the world and, thus, infinite possibilities to innovate. “We have 3,500 potato varieties with different properties, contents, and qualities for all types of industries, such as biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, natural dyes,…

Frost Damage in Berwick, NS

A heavy frost in the night from June 3 to 4 has taken its toll on some crops in Annapolis Valley. Morse’s Farm Limited owner and operator Anthony Morse said he is waiting to see how well his early potato crop bounces back after the plants, which had been flourishing, incurred significant damage. Examining his fields on June 4, Morse estimates that the so-called hard frost killed 20 to 25 percent of…

University of Maine Releases New Gourmet Potato Variety

Sporting a unique and striking skin pattern, the newly released Pinto Gold potato has been in development for 12 years. Out of 50,000 individual varieties tested at Univ of Maine’s Aroostook Research Farm, the Pinto Gold was selected as the most promising. The potato isn’t destined for large scale chip or french fry manufacturing, but for local gardeners, restaurants, and home cooking. Gregory Porter, Professor of Agronomy at the University of Maine, says:…

Remote Sensing: The technology, current use and future outlook

Remote sensing in potatoes is being actively investigated for its value in ensuring a high-yielding, healthy crop. Although in its relatively early stages in Canada, data collection through remote means and the related data analysis is developing at a swift pace. In this edition of Roundtable, Spud Smart gathered experts to report on the remote sensing tech being used in potatoes, the present value of the information collected and where the future…

Potato experts from around the globe gather in Cusco, Peru

More than 800 potato scientists, industry representatives, government officials and other interested parties from 50 countries have gathered in the Andean city of Cusco, Peru for the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the 28th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP), held from May 27 to 31. The event, which includes ample participation by scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP), has raised the potato’s profile in Peru and beyond…

Ireland to Host WPC 2021

No other European nation has a more special relationship with the potato than Ireland. So, it is only fitting that the 11th World Potato Congress will be held in Dublin, Ireland, May 24-27, 2021. The congress will be hosted by the Irish Potato Federation, with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), Fáilte Ireland (Irish Tourist Board) and Teagasc. It will truly be…

2018 Ontario Potato Scout School

The 2018 Potato Scout Training Day will be held Monday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Guelph (Scottsdale Drive). On the agenda: Introduction to Potato IPM Potato Scouting Guidelines Diseases Insects Weeds Other Problems Scouting manuals and handouts will be provided. Register by email with Eugenia Banks.  

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