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Potato Supplies Tightening Up Out of Idaho

Idaho Russet potatoes are going to be short until the new crop comes in late summer. “Part of this is because there’s really good demand from the dehydration and frozen sector and they’re dipping into potatoes that normally go into the fresh market,” says Kent Sutton at Rexburg, Id.-based Bench Mark Potato Co. Inc. And while last fall Idaho fared with a relatively normal crop, Sutton notes that approximately 10,000 acres of…

Researchers Petition UK Officials to Start Disease-Resistant Potato Trials

The Sainsbury Laboratory, in Norwich, has applied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for consent to release genetically modified potatoes for trials work. According to a document submitted by the applicant and published on the Defra website, the potato plants have been genetically modified to improve different traits including resistance to Phytophthora infestans (the organism responsible for late blight), resistance to potato cyst nematodes (PCN) and improved tuber…

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