Practically British: Largest field-based potato event in the UK scheduled for August

Image result for potatoes in practicePotatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. It will take place on Thursday 9 August 2018 at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm, Fowlis, Scotland. The event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar. In the field, you’ll find commercial breeders showcasing the latest varieties, agronomists demonstrating what’s new in crop protection and researchers discussing their most recent findings, all on hand to share their knowledge and give advice. Indoors, you’ll find a range of exhibitors from agricultural advisors and scientific researchers to processors and technology companies. There will also be a series of technical seminars open to all attendees complementing the research demonstrations. And of course, no field event would be complete without machinery – both moving and static. Principal organisers of the event are The James Hutton Institute, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), AHDB Potatoes , and Agrii. Go here to register free or book exhibit space 

Thirsty spuds: Irrigation a hot topic at SPot Scotland Open Day in Britain

After three weeks without rainfall, AHDB’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm Scotland Open Day took place on the light loams of Bruce Farms near Meigle, Perthshire on Tuesday 10 July. Around 70 growers, agronomists and industry representatives attended, as Bruce Farms Potato Manager, Kerr Howatson and industry expert, Dr Mark Stalham of NIAB CUF, headed both morning and afternoon sessions to advise attendees on crop response in dry conditions. With only 39mm of rain at Bruce Farms, June’s rainfall was less than half the 20-year average, a huge difference in terms of what is required. Kerr Howatson said: “We’ve been without rain since the 20 June, so we’re now beginning to see the effects of a prolonged dry spell, something that we’re not really used to. Typically we would only need to irrigate once, maybe twice every four to five years but we’re now looking at our fourth round of irrigation of the season. This is absolutely vital at the moment to keep the soil moisture deficit from rising too high, so the best advice would be to top up little and often.” Read more

Spray focus: Application methods the hot topics at SPot West field day

Image result for chemical sprayer potatoesThe first field walk of SPot West’s 2018 programme organized by AHDB Potatoes in the UK focussed on chemical control of PCN and Rhizoctonia as growers and agronomists met at Heal Farms, Shropshire to hear the latest developments on local research. Dr Matthew Back of Harper Adams University presented his research, which has shown that PCN attack helps attract the Rhizoctonia fungus towards the tuber stolons. A second demonstration compared different methods and depths of incorporating Nemathorin. The strip with incorporation to about 15cm on the bed tiller looked relatively good, but this could have been due to local variation, and treatment differences will become more apparent as the season continues. PCN initial egg counts range from 25-63, quite enough to stress Lady Rosetta in the current heat wave. Scott Cockburn of Syngenta led on a practical spraying demonstration. RVW Pugh kindly provided a Fendt sprayer, which compared four different types of nozzle at 2bar pressure. Read more

Translating research into usable ideas: Strategic Farm water trials have ‘helped me sleep at night’, says potato grower

Trials on water use completed at Elveden Farms in the UK as part of AHDB’s Farm Excellence programme have enabled Farms Director Andrew Francis to react with more accuracy during this summer’s heatwave. This was the verdict he delivered when addressing over 100 visitors to the farm for the Strategic Farm East Open Day on Thursday last week (5 July). “I don’t think any of us are sleeping very well at the moment, given the conditions, but the work we did last year has helped me get some sleep,” he said. Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager for AHDB Potatoes, Graham Bannister, said: “Growers and agronomists came together to discuss the challenges, trade solutions and increase their knowledge. This is what Farm Excellence is all about. We know how resourceful our growers are, but we are here to help accelerate innovation and the take-up of best practice if we can.” David Murdie, Potato Manager at Grampian Growers, said: “I always come away from Strategic Farm meetings with two or three things that I can share with other growers. This was an excellent, practical, event with speakers who translated research into usable ideas.” Full story

Global potato industry invited to come and share ‘Ideas, Impulses and Innovations’ at PotatoEurope 2018

PotatoEurope 2018 takes place near Hanover, Germany, September 13-14, expecting 184 exhibitors from 13 countries and over 10,000 visitors from all over the world. PotatoEurope 2018, the event for the international potato industry, is held in Germany every four years. The trade fair, organized by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) in cooperation with the German Potato Industry Union (UNIKA), will again take place at Rittergut Bockerode Estate in Springe-Mittelrode, near Hanover. “We are very pleased that 184 exhibitors from 13 countries have registered so far, which is about 10 percent more than at this stage in 2014,” said Peter Grothues, managing director of the DLG exhibitions department. Grothues added that the high level of international participation at PotatoEurope 2018 was particularly pleasing. “More than 70 exhibitors, about 40%, are attending from outside Germany,” he said. Under the theme “Ideas, Impulses and Innovations”, for example, potato growers will find first-hand information for the production of high-quality products. Read more

PAA to meet in Boise

2018 PAA Annual MeetingIdaho will host the Potato Association of America’s 102nd annual meeting, from July 22 to 26 at the Boise Centre in Boise. With a membership of over 500 individuals and 20 organizations, the association is comprised of potato industry personnel and growers, private and public potato researchers and university research and extension researchers. More than 250 association members are expected to attend this year’s meetings and seminars. Each year, the association recognizes individuals with honorary lifetime memberships for their career achievements within the potato industry. This year’s honorary life member inductees are Robert Hoopes, a Frito-Lay potato breeder; Washington State University’s Rick Knowles; the University of Idaho’s Stephen Love; and Leigh Morrow, director of agronomy for eastern North America for McCain Foods. Potato Association of America

UNIKA welcomes PotatoEurope back in Germany for the 2018 event

Image result for potato europe 2018During a recent public address in Frankfurt, the Deputy Chairman of the German potato industry union (Union der Deutschen Kartoffelwirtschaft e.V. – UNIKA), Dr. Heinrich Böhm, discussed the state of the potato industry in Germany, saying that Germany producers 10 to 11 million tonnes of potatoes annually, making it the largest potato producer in the European Union (EU). This sector generates an estimated value added return of more than three billion euros each year. Dr Böhm further said: “We look forward to having PotatoEurope back in Germany in 2018 at Rittergut Bockerode, near Hanover, and feel UNIKA is an ideal partner for this leading technical trade fair for the potato industry. At the event, we will offer a central starting point for visitors, and will powerfully present the German potato industry.” The PotatoEurope 2018 trade fair is organized by the DLG with the support of UNIKA. More information is available from Dr. Wilfried Wolf at the DLG by Tel: +49 (0) 69 247 88 272 or Email: w.wolf@DLG.org. Information is also available online at www.potatoeurope.de. Dr Böhm’s full address can be found here.

International potato industry returns to Germany for PotatoEurope 2018

Related imagePotatoEurope 2018, the event for the international potato industry, returns to Germany on 12th and 13th September. PotatoEurope , which is an annual exhibition, is held in Germany every four years. This top trade fair for potato professionals, organized by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) in cooperation with the German Potato Industry Union (UNIKA), will again take place this year at Rittergut Bockerode Estate in Springe-Mittelrode, near Hanover. “We are very pleased that 184 exhibitors from 13 countries have registered so far, which is about 10 percent more than at this stage in 2014,” said Peter Grothues, Managing Director of the DLG Exhibitions Department.  Continue reading

Field walks and open days: British potato farmers invited to come get the boots dirty in demonstration fields

AHDB Potatoes in the UK will be hosting several events during the coming weeks when growers will be able to see the practical results of dedicated potato research work in real life and how it pans out in growers’ fields. Strategic Farm West Field Walk will be hosted on 28 June. With their first year under their belt, Farm Manager, Matthew Wallace will be providing a fresh focus on research carried out at Heal Farms in Shropshire last season. This year the focus is on PCN and nematicides. SPot East Open Day will take place at Elveden Farm Estate, London Road, Thetford on 5 July. Several topics will be on the agenda, including presentations by Mark Stalham (NIAB CUF) on nitrogen and black dot, and David Firman on sulphur and seed storage. SPot Scotland Summer Open Day will take place on 10 July, when growers will be able to see several demonstrations underway – cultivations, nutrition, seed spacing, cover crops, Precisio and more. Further details on upcoming events

World Potato Congress: Abstract Book now available online

Related imageThe Abstract Book, containing abstracts of presentations delivered in May during the 10th World Potato Congress in Cuzco, Peru has been published online, and can now be downloaded as a pdf file from the World Potato Congress Inc website. In the Preface to the 168 page Abstract Book it is said that the themes “Biodiversity, Food Security and Business” represent what Peru, as the host country and the most important center of origin of the potato, can show and share with the world. In this Congress, Peru and other Latin American countries showcased their great potential from a scientific point of view, where biodiversity, and its relationship with the development of new varieties, nutrition and health, represents a valuable and still unexploited treasure for the world. The Congress also highlighted the great contribution of the different improved and native potato varieties to global food security, the development of pest and disease management technologies, and more. Download the Abstract Book

Upcoming AHDB Potatoes event to showcase newest post harvest and storage technologies

Image result for ahdb potatoes storageAHDB Potatoes and Agri-Tech East are are jointly hosting an event this coming Wednesday 20 June to showcase some of the newest technologies and innovations in post-harvest management and storage. The meeting will be hosted at the Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, Lincs. From rapid refrigeration to seed cleaning, and from electronic noses to automated environmental control systems, good post-harvest management systems are vital to prevent deterioration and retain the value of the harvested crop. This event will explore new innovations being used to help maintain the quality and integrity of the crop post-harvest, for short and long-term storage. There is also the option for a tour of the facilities to see first-hand the research programmes underway at Sutton Bridge, and the chance to meet Laura Bouvet, our latest new recruit who is working jointly with Agri-Tech East and the AHDB. Presentations by Adrian Cunnington, Head of Crop Storage Research, AHDB; Ronnie Laing, Managing Director, Omnivent; Kees Wijngaarden, Area Sales Manager, Tolsma Storage and others. To register please contact becky.dodds@agritech-east.co.ukFurther information on this page

Spud think tank: Roundup of the World Potato Congress event in Peru

World Potato Congress highlights scientific advances Tubers were the talk of the town in Cusco, Peru during the week of May 27, when the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the 28th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) were held together for the first time. The event drew more than 800 participants from 50 countries to the potato’s center of origin for four days of scientific presentations, networking, field trips and celebration of the potato’s cultural and economic importance. The role that potatoes can play in improving the lives and health of the world’s population was a major theme of the gathering. The dozens of presentations at the congress proved that the potato is one of the world’s most diverse crops, with perhaps as much or more undiscovered as known potential. Governments and businesses across the globe view the crop as a way of feeding people nutritionally and affordably, from using resources more efficiently to resisting pest, drought and disease to breeding enhanced health benefits and even the appeal of peel. Cedric Porter, Editor of World Potato Market, wrote a roundup of the research presentations at the Congress in Peru.  Continue reading

All about biostimulants: Prestigious event to focus on trends and developments in the biostimulant industry

ACI’s US Biostimulants Summit 2018 will be taking place in Chicago, IL, USA, on 27th — 28th June 2018. The conference will bring together the leading executives and experts from across the entire value chain (producers of biostimulant and plant nutrient products, farmers and agriculture suppliers, technology providers, research institutes & government representatives) for two days of informative presentations, interactive discussion & excellent networking opportunities. The event will also take an in-depth look into trends & innovation and new technologies development. Join us in Chicago to exchange your point of view with your peers and engage in excellent networking opportunities. The conference will take an in depth look at several key issues related to the biostimulant industry.  Continue reading

Potato Expo 2019 alert: Innovation Hub now open and accepting abstract submissions

Following a highly successful launch at Potato Expo 2018 in January, the Innovation Hub for Expo 2019 is not officially open and abstracts of presentations can be submitted for review. Potato Expo 2019 will take place Jan 9 – 10 in Austin, Texas. The Expo is the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry held in North America drawing 2,000 attendees and featuring more than 90,000 square feet of exhibit space in the trade show. Potato Expo created the Innovation Hub for members of the potato industry and allied partners (including retailers, marketing professionals, packaging companies, researchers, scientists, seed companies, etc.) to easily submit abstracts for developing and presenting an educational session on the Innovation Hub at the Potato Expo 2019. Anyone with an interest can use the online platform on a dedicated website to submit abstracts – go to: www.potato.onscore. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018. Also visit the Potato Expo 2019 website

New range of potato machinery takes South African market by storm

According to Tinus Prinsloo, CEO of AFGRI Equipment, a leading agricultural services company in South Africa, the Dewulf, Standen and IMAC machinery were the subject of considerable interest at a recent national trade show and conference, so much so that the equipment subsequently went on display again at a farmers’ field day in another part of the country on the 30th of May. “The event was extremely well attended thanks to our display at NAMPO, where the interest was high – clearly word has spread about these very effective machines,” said a delighted Prinsloo. The equipment, which includes a top of the range potato harvester, the four-row self-propelled Dewulf Kwatro, owes its popularity to constant innovation on behalf of the manufacturers, durability and the comparatively low cost of replacement parts. Potato farming is becoming more popular as South African farmers seek to diversify crops to mitigate risk.  Continue reading