Equipment/Technology

‘Humigator’ helps potatoes stay disease-free, not shrink

A local invention called a “humigator” is helping potato growers across the country have yearlong control over their potatoes. Garry Isaacs, the creator of the humigator, developed the first prototype in 1985. He said the name is a combination of the words humid and fumigator. Its primary function is to clean the air of potato storage sites, by doing so the[Read[Read More…]

India: Mahindra HZPC opens minituber lab – Aeroponics facility to provide top quality seed potatoes

Last week, MHZPC, a 60/40 joint venture between Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited (MASL) and HZPC Holding BV, started a new, particularly modern, miniature tuber laboratory in Mohali, located in the vicinity of the city of Chandigarh in Punjab, Northern India. This facility has been opened by Mr Stoelinga, Ambassador for the Netherlands in India, in the presence of Mr Ashok[Read[Read More…]

US: Invention cleans air in spud cellars

Reed Searle says he’s found a cost-effective way to rid potatoes in storage of diseases without using additional chemicals. The Shelley, Idaho, farmer has installed machines called “humigators” — invented by businessman Garry Isaacs and manufactured in a small, local shop — in all seven of his potato cellars. Isaacs’ invention continuously recirculates the air, removing pathogens and particulates while boosting humidity,[Read[Read More…]

NL: Kiremko sets ‘the new standard in steam peelers’ with the Strata Invicta

The Dutch company Kiremko, fully dedicated to equipment for the potato processing industry, has launched a new steam peeling solution, the STRATA Invicta®. This steam peeler promises high speed and superior yields. Kiremko: How fast, thin and long can you peel? We can finally reveal these answers and promise you that no other machine in the market today can beat[Read[Read More…]

Tomra to launch sorter at Pack Expo

Tomra Sorting Food plans to introduce the Tomra 5B, a sorter for the vegetable, fresh-cut and potato processing industries, Nov. 6-9 at Pack Expo 2016 in Chicago. Tomra Sorting will be at booth E-7335. The sorter combines Tomra’s surround view technology with a 360-degree inspection, according to a news release. It features high resolution cameras, and LEDs provide improved light intensity for[Read[Read More…]

Potato harvesters market to double by 2022

The global market for potato harvesters is expected to witness a significant growth between 2015 and 2022, according to a new market report published by Credence Research Inc.The report, “Potato Harvester Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015 – 2022,” details the growing production and demand for potatoes across the world and discusses the rising demand for[Read[Read More…]

Pulsed Electric Field for french fries and chips: Quantify your benefits with Solidus

The innovative Dutch company Pulsemaster introduces a surprisingly effective Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) pilot-scale batch unit under the brand name Solidus to determine the effects of PEF on whole potato tubers to make French fries and crisps. New is you avoid tissue damage prior to PEF treatment. For the first time the food and scientific sectors have an instrument to[Read[Read More…]

US: Drone technology, computers ushering in a brave new world for northern Maine potatoes

Wayne Kilcollins remembers picking potatoes by hand while growing up in Aroostook County. Things are getting a little more high-tech these days. This past summer the Northern Maine Community College instructor of wind power technology found himself back in — and above — the northern Maine potato fields using cutting edge drone technology to record variations in potato crop yields and quality. “It[Read[Read More…]

Potandon Produce to introduce new Light Blocker bags at the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit

Potandon Produce LLC, a leader in fresh potato innovation in the US, will debut a new line of Light-Blocker potato bags at this year’s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Convention. This cutting edge technology will be available in the leading national potato retail brand, Green Giantâ„¢ following the show. Vice President of Sales, Ralph Schwartz remarked, “This is truly a[Read[Read More…]

UK: Cultivating better practice

Most potato growers could afford to cultivate at least one inch shallower, according to NIAB research scientist, Mark Stalham, who outlined the benefits of reduced cultivation at the latest AHDB SPot farm walk. The event, held at James Daw’s farm in Staffordshire, identified reduced erosion, better work speeds and reduced costs as just some of the advantages associated with limiting secondary[Read[Read More…]

Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2016

The 300 exhibitors present (25% more than in 2008) were able to meet with their customers, at PotatoEurope, in Villers-Saint Christophe, France, September 14-15. The dynamism of the various sectors, from seed production to trade of consumption tubers (France being the leading European exporter) but also the processing industries, attracted a wide international audience. Foreign participants came mainly from Benelux, Germany and[Read[Read More…]

Battered and Bruised: Managing bruising during harvest

What can be done to minimize bruises and wounds this harvest season? There are two major components to bruise management: 1) factoring in tuber conditions and variety susceptibility to bruise with a harvest, and 2) running a handling operation designed to minimize physical impact or damage of the tubers. There are two types of harvest bruises: blackspot and shatter. Two events[Read[Read More…]

Kenya, the Netherlands, US: Farmers to learn over 100 ways of cooking potato at agri-fair

How many ways of cooking potato do you know of? One boiling, two frying, three mashing… There are 100 of them. These many ways and other value addition skills will be showcased at the University of Eldoret from September 22 to 24 during an agricultural fair. Celebrated Kenyan and Dutch chefs will display how the popular delicacy can be cooked in different[Read[Read More…]

Potato Europe 2016: Grimme to present many practical improvements of its equipment

Agricultural Machinery manufacturer Grimme will present at the Potato Europe in France several practical improvements of its planting, harvesting and handling technology. The self-propelled harvester, the 354 HP strong 2-row potato harvester VARITRON 270 Platinum with 7 tonne NonstopBunker and ground protecting rubber tracks will be on display. The 2-row potato harvesters SE 260 and SV 260 will also be demonstrating with[Read[Read More…]

Make healthier, better tasting potato chips with this Pulsed Electric Field unit

Heat and Control, in response to snack processors recognising a demand by consumers for a healthy snack product with an enhanced taste and ‘mouth feel’ has developed a technology that will change the way you think about potato chip processing. Just when you thought the potato chip couldn’t get any better, this technology that was developed and tested over a number[Read[Read More…]

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