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Potato Acreage Growth In Line with Demand

The NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) have estimated that the upcoming area for consumption potatoes in 2019 will increase between one and two per cent toward almost 604,000 hectares in the five main production countries, driven by estimated increase in the area on the mainland. This is the largest area for more than ten years. This is a first estimation: planting for main crop is only starting and final figures will come…

Eye On The Nation

SPRING 2019 MANITOBA Dan Sawatzky, General Manager, Keystone Potato Producers Association As I write this snapshot of what I am seeing in the Manitoba potato world, both Simplot Canada and McCain Foods are busy with capital projects. Simplot is on track with the construction of a new plant adjacent to their Portage location doubling their capacity and adding to their ability to produce specialty products. McCain is near the end of a…

2021 World Potato Congress, Ireland: Change of Dates Announced

The previously scheduled dates of the WPC Congress in Ireland (May 24-27, 2021) have been moved by one week to May 31 to June 2, 2021 due to the Dublin Bloom Festival (https://bloominthepark.com/). This will allow 2021 WPC Congress participants and their partners to enjoy this important Irish horticulture event in the city, and for the  Irish promotion board ‘Bord Bia’ (one of the major sponsors of WPC and organizer of the Bloom Festival)…

Potato Prices Climbing in Wake of Poor Growing Season

CBC News Fresh potato prices are higher than usual because of shortages after the worst growing season in decades. On P.E.I., Canada’s largest producer of potatoes, it’s estimated about 2,800 hectares of potatoes were left in fields, because the fall was so wet and fields were too muddy to harvest. The season was also late starting due to a cold spring. People in the industry estimate prices for potatoes are up at…

A Better Estimate of the Net Yield of Seed Potatoes with Vision Techniques

Growers of seed potatoes would like to know on which part of their parcel the potatoes grow best, and how the location influences the size of the potatoes. But during harvesting, hundreds of potatoes will roll into the harvesting machine at the same time. Wageningen University & Research is working with Aeres Hogeschool, the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Green Campus and several growers to study how this yield can be measured by…

WPC Welcomes Dr. Nigel Crump as its New International Advisor, Oceania

World Potato Congress President, Romain Cools is very pleased to welcome Dr. Nigel Crump to its International Advisory Committee. “Dr. Crump is an excellent addition to our highly respected professional group of International Advisors. With Nigel’s addition, we now have potato specialists representing all parts of the world.” Dr. Nigel Crump is a potato pathologist with over 19 years’ experience working in the Australian potato industry. Nigel is the General Manager for…

Senninger Welcomes New Area Manager for Australasia

Senninger is proud to announce the recent hire of Martin Porter, who joins the International Department as Senninger’s new area manager for Australasia. Porter’s hiring reinforces the company’s appreciation and continued commitment to the territories in Australasia by providing a better support to their growing irrigation market segments. Porter holds a certificate in Business and Administration from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. He’s been in the irrigation industry for more than 25…

New Two-Volume collection on Sustainable Potato Cultivation

Two new books on Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes have been published by award winning Cambridge publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. Volume 1: Breeding improved varieties Volume 2: Production, storage and crop protection “Potatoes can be grown with relatively few inputs in a wide range of environments, making them an important food security crop,” says Francis Dodds, editorial director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who has published the new research. “However, yields in developing…

Governments Support B.C. Farmers Dealing with Farm Income Challenges

Vernon, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) British Columbia’s agriculture sector contributes $3.2 billion to Canada’s economy, with more than $2.6 billion in agri-food exports to 147 markets. The governments of Canada and British Columbia remain committed to the continued growth and success of B.C.’s agriculture sector by ensuring producers have the tools they need to manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farms.  2018 was an extremely…

Minister Bibeau Highlights Government Support for Women in Agriculture

March 12, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Diversity and inclusion are integral to creating an economy that works for everyone. The full and equal participation of women in Canada’s agriculture and food system will ensure the sector remains an engine of economic growth, contributing to the sector’s competitiveness and prosperity. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau today spoke at the Advancing Women in Agriculture West 2019 conference…

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