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Ethylene Delays Sprouting in Onions and Potatoes

The British company Restrain has been developing ethylene generators since 2003, and they rent these to tomato, onion and potato growers throughout the season. The generators, equipped with technology developed in the Netherlands, are now sold in 36 countries. The operation of the system is relatively simple: the heat generated by the machine turns beet alcohol into ethylene. Ethylene is a natural plant hormone that is produced by all plants, but climacteric…

Syngenta Launches Orondis Gold Potato Fungicide

Syngenta Canada Inc. has launched Orondis® Gold Potato fungicide for suppression of pink rot and Pythium leak in potatoes. Pink rot is a devastating soil-borne disease that thrives in wet, poorly drained soils and can survive in soil for up to seven years. Just a few infected potatoes entering the storage bin can result in substantial losses, infecting healthy tubers and compromising marketable yield. That’s why proactive management of the disease is…

BASF Launches Critical Insecticide for Use in Canadian Soybeans and Potatoes

Canadian farmers have a new tool to protect their soybean and potato crops in 2019 with the launch of BASF’s Sefina™ insecticide. Sefina utilizes a unique mode of action, Group 9D active ingredient Inscalis™, to quickly halt aphid feeding, reducing production losses and virus transmission. In research and commercial trials across Canada and the United States, Sefina showed extended control of up to three weeks against additional aphid pests that have, over time, developed resistance to other insecticides. “Canadian…

Syngenta receives registration for Vibrance Ultra Potato Seed Treatment

Syngenta Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the registration of Vibrance® Ultra Potato as a new seed piece treatment for the suppression of pink rot and control of key seed- and soil-borne diseases, including late blight. Vibrance Ultra Potato combines difenoconazole (Group 3), sedaxane (Group 7), and mandipropamid (Group 40) in a convenient liquid pre-mix formulation. It protects potato seed pieces and seedlings to help ensure strong stand establishment, so the crop…

Non-Renewal of Diquat (Reglone) Approval

According to the August 31 bulletin from the U.K.’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Reglone’s days are numbered, says Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board. “Loss of the active ingredient Diquat will be a significant blow for European potato growers, as it is an effective desiccant, which helps achieve skin set—such a key requirement for successful storage—and cuts down the risk of disease spread immediately prior to harvest,”…

Fries With the Works: PEI Classic Dish Goes High Tech

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.—“Fries With the Works” has been known by Islanders for more than forty years for its hearty, comfort food appeal. The unique P.E.I. potato dish includes four key ingredients: P.E.I. French fries topped with gravy, Island ground beef and canned peas. Many have enjoyed it at their local restaurants, hockey rinks or take-outs, and now both Islanders and visitors can take their taste buds on the road by accessing an on-line…

New and Improved Potato Scanning and Handling Systems

Any technology that helps maximize profit and minimize waste is welcome in agriculture, and potato farming is no exception. There are some recent updates on new and established scanning and handling systems now available or soon to be marketed. You have likely heard about the SmartSpud, a revolutionary Canadian device produced by Masitek Instruments of Moncton, N.B., that travels through potato equipment from harvester to packaging, mimicking a real potato. It provides…

US Frozen Potato Exports up 8% in April; Fresh Exports Down 33%

According to data released by Potatoes USA, exports of frozen potato products increased 8% in volume and 9% in value in April 2018 compared to April 2017. Dehy exports were up 21% in volume and 21% in value. Fresh exports were down 33% in volume and 13% in value. Frozen exports are up 1% for the July – June marketing year through April, with dehy up 5% year to date and fresh up…

Beattie’s Distillers adds Potato Gin to lineup

Beattie’s Distillers is adding a potato-based gin to their spirits lineup when they launched Farm Crafted Potato Gin on Friday June 22, 2018. The distillery notes this may be the first and only potato-based gin in Canada. Other ingredients used during distillation include juniper berries, coriander, and orange peel, among others. The release coincides with Beattie’s Summer Open House at their Alliston distillery  located at 6673 13th Line – which will also feature a…

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:…

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