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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…

The Pros and Cons of Planting Whole Seed and Cut Seed Pieces

The whole seed model has been used in Europe for some time and is becoming more popular in the United States. The practice has had low adoption in Canada; however, that may change. Is a whole seed system possible for Canada? Join our live webinar to learn: The pros and cons of planting whole seed and cut seed pieces Whole seed size distribution and seed sizing capabilities Whole seed commercial trial results…

The Advantages and Challenges to Planting Whole Seed

Some of the most important trials Shaun Pelkey, agronomy manager at McCain Foods’ Valley Farms in Grand Falls, N.B., has been conducting over the past few years focus on planting whole seed as a way to increase payable yields and maximize grower returns. “McCain is trying to lead the way on this,” he says. “We have a big drive to increase yields in this part of the world and to be more…

Preparing Your Seed for Spring

It’s almost that time of year again. A key factor that affects the quality and quantity of potato crop yield under a grower’s control is seed tuber quality. You have decided which cultivar(s) to grow and how much seed you need. Soon it’ll be time to bring that seed home and prepare it for planting. Consider the following: The experience, expertise and integrity of the seed potato grower are the most important…

Volunteer Potatoes: Potential Issue in 2019

Volunteer potato plants (potatoes growing from unharvested tubers) might be problematic in rotation crops during the 2019 growing season. These plants can be a competitive weed with most crops and act as a reservoir for diseases and insects. In general, winter conditions in Canada are severe enough to control most volunteers (soil temperature below -2 C or 28 F) but winter survival is dependant on tuber health, temperature, snow cover and burial…

‘2018 Was One Of The Worst British Potato Harvests In Recent Years’

Figures published this week by AHDB Potatoes confirm that 2018 was one of the worst Great Britain potato harvests in recent years, with volumes significantly lower than average and processors noting a direct impact on the quality of available raw materials. Although the 2018 harvest is now complete, UK potato processors (crisp and French fry manufacturers) anticipate that the impacts of this year’s weather conditions will continue to be felt by the…

Soil Tilling, Mulching Key To China’s Potato Crop

When you think of China, do you think of potatoes? Maybe not, but in the Loess Plateau region of northwestern China, potato is the main food crop. Even though it is such an important crop there, potato yields are lower than they could be. The area has a dry climate with uneven precipitation. Droughts are common, especially in the spring when crops are just starting to emerge. If soil moisture was more…

Oats: Fall Cover Crop

Oats have been used as a fall cover crop for decades, says Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board. The plants can grow up to four feet tall, and winterkill at -8 C.  “For maximum benefit, oats should be planted at least six weeks prior to a frost,” she says. Furthermore, oats establish quickly, suppress weeds, prevent soil erosion, scavenge soil nutrients and improve soil structure, says Banks.  Better soil structure “softens”…

Primary Residue Tillage: Research Review

With cooperation of research partners, the Agronomy Initiative for Marketable yield (AIM) has been able to complete a research review and resulting extension document relating to the use of primary residue tillage (ie. Synkro/Lemken equipment) in potato production in PEI.  Results of three studies in PEI this decade have been further analyzed and compared to better understand the impacts on potato production and soil from the use of this equipment in comparison…

Place Seed Potatoes Precisely in the Ground

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 24, 2018—Planting seed potatoes has developed into a highly complex step in cultivating the crop. In addition to having to handle a comparatively large amount of seed—an average 2.5 tonnes/hectare—farmers have to manage seed bed preparation and fertilizer applications, and the process might also include treatment against seed- and soil-borne pests and terminal ridge formation. However, the basic task of potato planting is still to place the…

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