GB potato growers planted 119,900ha this season, a drop in area of 2.1%, according to a provisional estimate by the Potato Council. That is the lowest area since at least 1960 and, with an average yield of 44.9t/ha, would produce a crop of 5.39m tonnes – 330,000t down on last year but 900,000t more than in 2012.
McCain Foods and Resson Aerospace of Fredericton are using drone technology for what they hope will be the biggest innovation in farming in decades. The drones are being flown over potato fields to collect information that can help farmers reduce spraying and increase yields. “We put all this data into once container that our super computer can crunch,” said Rishin Behl, the engineer behind the software.
Idaho’s fresh potato prices have fallen nearly $6 per hundredweight in the past couple of weeks, and industry can find no explanation for the decline. Idaho’s fresh potato industry has seen markets collapse over the last two or three weeks, and no one seems to know why. “There are as many theories as there are people,” said Bruce Huffaker, publisher of North American Potato Market News.
Resson Aerospace, a Fredericton company that uses aerial imaging to improve farm productivity, has signed a multi-year memorandum of understanding with Canada’s largest food producer aimed at improving potato production. The company unveiled its deal with McCain Foods Ltd. at an event Monday near…
For years, drones have mostly been used for military purposes, but now the world’s largest producer of French fries is using the technology to pick up information from its potato fields. “We can integrate a lot of different data streams from drones and field sensors and package it into a system t…
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