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FarmBeats: Microsoft makes a play for the precision agriculture market

The global population is expected to increase by 2.2 billion by 2050, and the world’s farmers will have to grow about 70% more food than is now produced. If you ask Microsoft, the solution lies in technology, writes Kyle Wiggers in an article published in VentureBeat The tech giant’s FarmBeats program, which launched in preview late last year on Azure Marketplace, is a multi-year effort to bring robust data analytics to the agriculture sector.

Winds of change: Which countries were the top 15 potato producers during 1961-2019?

In this animated video, the change in the top 15 potato producing countries globally is depicted year-on-year for the time period starting in 1961 until last year. The list of countries and the production figures are based on data made available by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The total world production for potatoes in 2019 was 376,826,967 metric[Read More…]

International Women’s Day: Interview with Canadian potato researcher, Dr Helen Tai

Dr Helen Tai is Research Scientist – Plant Genetics and Genomics (specializing in potatoes) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Fredericton Research and Development Centre in the country’s New Brunswick province. AAFC recently published the interview below with Dr Tai. Even though I didn’t start out studying plants I feel very lucky to be back where I grew up, studying potatoes. I guess it’s true what they say about the apple not falling far from the tree!

Potato diseases: Control of Rhizoctonia solani podcast

In this episode, Mike Abram, from the Communications team of Bayer Crop Sciences in the UK, recently caught up with Sam Harvey, who is a Commercial Technical Manager for Bayer, based in and around the Cambridgeshire area. They discussed potatoes and in particular how to control seed- and soil-borne potato diseases. Controlling seed- and soil-borne diseases is important for both[Read More…]

The Peruvian potato: A starchy spud that can adapt to every eco-system

The humble potato was cultivated during the Inca Empire and for thousands of years before. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, they encountered the potato and brought it to Europe. Today it is grown almost everywhere and considered a top food staple along with rice, corn and wheat. By the year 2050, the global population is expected to[Read More…]

Video: 'Opening the earth – The Potato King'. A story about agricultural biodiversity

A poor potato farmer in the Andes is one of the few guardians responsible for sustaining biodiversity critical to humanity. This video tells the story of Julio Hancco 14,600ft above sea level in the Peruvian Andes. This film contrasts the humble life of a poor Peruvian farmer with the global significance of his traditions.

Video: Building soil resilience with root architecture

In this YouTube video, Dick Neale (Hutchinsons Technical Manager in the UK) discusses the impact on soils that cover crops can have by sheltering the soil surface from rainfall – stabilising the surface of the soil, reducing capping and helping water infiltration. The effect of the cover crops used is also examined, particularly the effects from the different root types[Read More…]

Idaho's Eagle Eye Produce publishes 'potato season time lapse' video

Eagle Eye Produce, based in Idaho in the US, compiled over 6 months of footage to show the entire potato production process. “We feel it is extremely important for people to understand where their food comes from and to see the hard work and dedication that goes into it,” the company says on its website. “Every harvest season each of[Read[Read More…]

Canada: Prince Edward Island potatoes in the spotlight in 7 new vignettes

The P.E.I. Potato Board is rolling out a series of short videos designed to give people a peek into where Prince Edward Island potatoes come from. The seven vignettes are a spin-off of an advertising campaign the board launched in 2017, with the tagline: It takes an Island. Mark Phillips, marketing specialist at the board, said the original TV commercial, and[Read More…]

Dutch potato starch company Avebe now a ‘Royal’

Dutch Potato Starch cooperative Avebe can now call itself ‘Royal’. In honour of its 100 years anniversary on November 11, the Dutch King, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, awarded Avebe the so-called “Royal Warrant”. At a festive gathering on November 14, René Paas, the Commissioner of the King in the Province of Groningen, presented the Royal Warrant to Bert Jansen, Chairman[Read More…]

Video: Cool and powerful agriculture machines that are on another level

In this video you will see some amazing machines. As for potatoes, you will see the DEWULF RQA 3060 self propelled potato harvester in action. The video can also be viewed on YouTube where you will find links to websites about these machines. The list of machines: 1. Drainage technique: applied without having to dig a trench by means of[Read More…]

Video: The life of a potato at Green Thumb Farms in Maine

The video below provides a glimpse at the process of growing, packing, and shipping potatoes at Green Thumb Farms in Maine in the US. Green Thumb Farms grows potatoes, corn, and beans, farming on 2000 acres of rich Saco River Valley in Western Maine since 1965. The video below can also be viewed on YouTube here.

Video: Spudnik Harvest 2019

It has been a difficult, wet, and cold harvest this year. Farmers throughout North America faced many setbacks in their operations, says the folks at Spudnik. We are grateful for their hard work and perseverance through the season. Thank you to all of our customers and growers internationally. The video below can also be viewed on YouTube here.

BuzzFeed News tracked down the kid Vice President Dan Quayle made to misspell “potato”

BuzzFeed News launched a new show on Facebook Watch on Monday, That Literally Happened, which revisits some of the most notorious events and trends of the ’90s. The first episode digs into one of the era’s most notorious political gaffes: the time former vice president Dan Quayle misspelled potato. Yep. Potato. For those who don’t remember, on June 15, 1992, Dan Quayle[Read More…]

Video: AHDB Exports at Potato Europe 2019

The AHDB Export team have been out in force representing the British potato industry at Potato Europe 2019 in Belgium this month (September 2019). Representatives from around the world visited Kain, near Tournai, on 4 and 5 September to network with professionals from across the supply chain. On the AHDB stand were organic seed growers, Skea Organics, ware potato specialists[Read More…]

Fries are still America’s favorite potato dish

The most popular potato preparation in America is the French fry. That’s according to an analysis of food ordering data between January 2018 and July 2019 by DoorDash, America’s largest food delivery service (and the world’s second-largest, after Uber Eats). Now that DoorDash is delivering from McDonald’s, famous for its fries, maybe the quantity ordered will rise even higher. This is how long[Read[Read More…]

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