Potato export topics in the spotlight at upcoming seminar in Idaho

Related imageSpudman magazine reports that the Idaho Potato Export Seminar will be held August 30 in Sun Valley as part of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association annual convention. Both events are set for the Sun Valley Inn, with the export seminar running from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Topics will include a global market assessment, field testing processes, phytosanitary requirements, risk mitigation best practices, partnering with logistics and broker companies and managing financial concerns. All growers, shippers and processors are welcome to attend. The seminar will be hosted by the Idaho Potato Commission, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and the Idaho State University Research Center.

World’s largest event on agricultural biostimulants to be held in November

Image result for biostimulantsAgricultural biostimulants include products that are applied to plants or soils to regulate and enhance the crop’s physiological processes, thus making them more efficient. Biostimulants act on plant physiology to improve crop vigour, yields, quality and post-harvest shelf life/conservation.The 3rd Biostimulants World Congress will take place in Miami, Florida on Monday November 27 until Thursday November 30. It is organized by New Ag International. This event should be of interest to many individuals involved in the potato industry. Biostimulant specialists from several countries around the world will present during the event. Continue reading

Grimme to present new machines at Potato Europe 2017 event

: La VARITRON 470 Platinum TERRA TRAC est disponible en version 75 cm ou 90 cm.

VARITRON 470 Platinum harvester

During the Potato Europe 2017 event on 13 and 14 September in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, GRIMME will present a large number of new potato machines developed by the company. For the first time, Grimme will introduce the VARITRON 470 Platinum, a new generation of 4-row self-propelled harvesters powered by a 435 HP engine and equipped with a non-stop 7-ton Bunker hopper. One of the strengths of this machine is the improvement in driving comfort. The new ErgoDrive control concept is said to make direct and quick access to all functions easier. The SV 260 tractor-pulled potato harvester will be used on the demonstration field at the Potato Europe site, with the high performance Vario RS and MultiSep separators as well as a 5.5 ton NonstopBunker hopper in operation.  Continue reading

Storage Technology: Innovative new sensor nominated for Award

The Tolsma-Grisnich storage technology company developed a unique temperature sensor to measure the temperature at different locations and heights within a bulk potato storage facility. The product, in essence a 5 meter long cable, is said to measure temperature differences quite accurately at different locations, and the developers figure that the device provide storage managers with more fine-tuned control over temperature regulation in a storage facility. More measurements closer to each other can be obtained. It is easy to install multiple sensor cables whilst a storage bin is being filled during loading operations. The product has been nominated for a Potato Europe 2017 Innovation Award. Judges reportedly called it a “beautiful forward-looking solution in storage technology, with practical application potential”. Full report in Dutch published on Agf.nl. Tolsma-Grisnich will also launch a new version of its mobile phone app for storage management during the Potato Europe 2017 event in the Netherlands in September.

China Daily: China and Scotland to build £3 million potato laboratory

Mr Liang (left) and Jonathan Snape of JHI at PiP 2016, with cans of a potato drink – manufactured by Xisen Potato Industry Group.

ChinaDaily.com reports today that Scottish potato experts have joined forces with China’s potato processor Xisen Potato Industry Group to create a 3 million-pound ($3.87 million) potato research facility in Shandong Province. Xisen and the Chinese government will fund the lab which will be run in collaboration with potato scientists from the James Hutton Institute, an agricultural research center based in Dundee, Scotland. The announcement of the new lab follows a visit to the Potatoes in Practice event Scotland last August by Xisen Potato Industry Group founder Liang Xisen. Liang Xisen is China’s self-proclaimed “King of Potatoes” and his company is one of the largest processors of potatoes in China.  Continue reading

New International Potato Center facilities in China said to ‘mark new era for root and tuber research in Asia’

Image result for International Potato Center-China Center for Asia PacificThe new International Potato Center-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) facilities were formalized in an official handover ceremony in Yanqing, Beijing last month. The International Potato Center (CIP), based in Peru, and the Chinese government have a long history of cooperation that is fast approaching four decades. CCCAP is the first officially recognized international research institution in China. What started in 1978 as a gift of the hardy CIP-24 potato variety, germplasm well-suited to the needs of Chinese rural farmers, has now grown into a fully-integrated world-class agricultural research center focused on improving roots and tuber production in China and across East Asia and the Pacific. “This handover is a historic moment in a long and fruitful history between CIP and the government of China,” says Dr. Barbara Wells, CIP Director General. During the ceremony, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Qu Dongyu, announced the Chinese government’s generous donation of state-of-the art laboratory equipment valued at almost $3 million. More

UK: Potato marketing company ‘driving marketable yield to achieve greater production’

James Hopwood, head of agriculture at Whole Crop Marketing at Kirkburn near Driffield with different varieties of potatoes.Professional potato growing has never been analysed as much as it is today in order to produce the right varieties for the right markets and understanding soil is paramount. Driving marketable yield to achieve greater production from the same acreage is one of the key planks in Wholecrop Marketing’s strategy to provide greater sustainability for their growers. Last week the potato marketing company, based at Kirkburn near Driffield, held its annual field trials day where 109 potato varieties were on show across the 17-acre site. But it was Innovation Alley that also attracted massive attention. “Innovation Alley is all about increasing marginal gain for our growers. Varieties are very important and the work there will always see new strains developed. …Soil health is massively important. Every potato grower needs to be aware of and understand what is in the soil and that means undertaking an in-depth analysis of the micro and macro nutrients.” The company has also invested in a drone and aerial sensing works on reflectance from the crop, and provides mapping by calculation of light spectrums. More

Key Technology presents its VERYX digital sorters to Middle East food processors

Key Technology will introduce its VERYX® family of digital sorters to the Middle East food processing industry at the Gulfood Manufacturing trade show being held in Dubai from 31 October to 2 November, 2017. The VERYX B175 will be exhibited with Key’s representative, Al Thika Packaging, in stand #C1-4, Hall 1. Featuring advanced inspection technology and object-based recognition, VERYX sorters maximize removal of foreign material (FM) and product defects based on the colors, sizes, shapes and/or structural properties of objects while minimizing false rejects to improve product quality and increase yields. With belt-fed and chute-fed configurations available in various widths, VERYX handles a range of products and production through-puts. It is ideal for sorting dates and other dried fruits, potato chips and other snacks, nuts, leafy greens, fresh cut and frozen fruits and vegetables, wet and frozen potato strips, confections and other foods.  Continue reading

PotatoEurope 2017: “Potatoes Feed and Meet the World”

The annual PotatoEurope trade show is preparing for the 11th edition, which will take place September, 13-14, in Emmeloord, the Netherlands. The theme of the 2017 edition of PotatoEurope is ‘Potatoes feed/meet the world’. The event features 250 exhibitors and offers many opportunities to gain practical knowledge. PotatoEurope will also host several demonstrations, showing how the international potato world is preparing for a sustainable future with the help of technological advancements. In about a month, a predicted 15,000 visitors will watch potato harvesters, transport vehicles, tractors, storage machinery and box filling equipment – all live in action! In addition, the trial fields provide valuable information. The potatoes that will be used in the live demonstrations had been planted in spring time and thechosen potato variety is called Innovator, 35-45 millimeters in size and with a spacing of 30 centimeters. The potatoes are being grown on a 30-hectare site belonging to the Aeres Landbouwbouwbedrijf farm. More

Canada: Parkland Potato Varieties to host open day in Alberta

Parkland Seed PotatoesParkland Potato Varieties will be hosting it’s annual open day at the Crop Diversification Centre South in Brooks, Alberta on August 18th from 10 am to 2 pm.  The company will be showcasing several varieties during the field day, including processing, main market whites and yellows, reds, creamers and chipping varieties. Although they continue to sell the standard open varieties, like Russets, Shepodies and Atlantics, Parkland is seeing a steady increased interest from growers in private varieties, in particular fresh market yellows. According to Kirby Sawatzky, Director of Parkland, new processing and chipping varieties have greater bruise resistance and can be stored for longer periods of time. Continue reading

UK: James Hutton Institute to host next ‘Potatoes in Practice’ extravaganza

The UK’s leading potato field event, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), will take place at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm near Dundee next week. Plant health officials, agronomists, scientists, machinery companies, trade and marketing organisations will have stands and the latest science, technology and practical advice will be on offer for growers, seed breeders and exporters. The packed one-day programme on Thursday August 10 takes the form of a full day of agronomy and variety demonstration plots with guided tours, a technical seminar programme, research and trade stands together with static and working machinery displays. The seminar programme will focus on four key subjects: market intelligence, apps and diagnostic tools, late blight and agronomy. More

Large-scale potato industry event takes root in Scotland

PiP_2016A one-day technical potato industry event scheduled for next week will see growers, seed breeders, plant health officials, agronomists and scientists come together to discuss the key challenges and opportunities in the sector. Potatoes in Practice 2017 (PiP) – held on Thursday August 10, at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm near Dundee – is described as the largest event of its kind in the UK. Attendees can review crop varieties and the results of new crop treatments, attend live machinery demonstrations and discover the latest research on current issues. Meanwhile topics like market intelligence, apps and diagnostic tools, late blight and agronomy, will feature as part of the day’s seminar programme. More

Little Potato Company makes a big impact on local economy

The Little Potato Company, the world’s largest supplier of creamer potatoes, opened the doors to its newly-built $20 million dollar facility in DeForest Thursday. Officials at the company say it’s a big deal because the new facility will allow for the expansion of their potatoes to be sold at over 38,000 grocery stores nationwide, paving the way for job opportunities, both directly with the company and indirectly. Angela Santiago, the company’s CEO and Co-Founder says the best part of her job is knowing the positive impact the business is having on people. She says the easiest way to do that is by just talking with employees. More

British Potato Industry Award nominations now open

The awards celebrates the recognition of those who have contributed a significant service to the industryNominations for the coveted ‘British Potato Industry Award’ and ‘AHDB Above and Beyond Award’ are now open. The British Potato Industry Awards celebrates the recognition of those who have contributed a significant service to the industry over a considerable period-of-time. The AHDB Above and Beyond award is presented to an exceptional performer or to an individual who has made a significant achievement over the last five years. The Chair of AHDB Potatoes opened nominations in June praising the passionate and dedicated individuals in the sector. Sophie Churchill OBE, said: “In my first months as Chair of AHDB Potatoes I have been struck by the skill and enthusiasm of those in our industry, growers and everyone in the supply and processing chain, to ensure we have a quality product meeting future market needs. The potato sector is a leader in UK agriculture and this is your chance to highlight individuals and show appreciation for their hard work.” More

Greek ‘potato island’ breaks Idaho’s Guinness World Record for biggest batch of fries


Image result for Greek 'potato island' breaks Guinness World Record for biggest batch of friesIt took more than 1,500 kg of raw Naxos potatoes, 22 huge cauldrons, the hard work of 40 volunteers and the determination of a whole island, but in the end the Greek Island Naxos won the bet. “We have broken the Guinness World Record. Greece is celebrating,” announced Dimitris Kapounis, president of the island’s agricultural cooperatives union on Saturday. The electronic scale that weighed the fried potatoes read 554 kg, which is 100 kg more than the previous world record set in 2014 in Eagles, Idaho, in the United States. According to organizers, setting a Guinness World Record was not an easy task. In order to make it into the world-famous book, strict rules apply. In this case, the potatoes had to be peeled and cut in a certain way, they had to be fried according to specific hygienic standards, weighed, served in a single container, and then distributed and eaten. Locals hope that the newly-set Guinness world record will make their island a worldwide attraction for potato lovers. “Our aim is to make Naxos potato famous all around Greece, all around Europe, all around the world,” said Kapounis. More