potato production Articles

  • What’s your potato storage strategy?

    With potato harvest nearing completion, the challenge will now be to maintain the condition of the crop, right up until supply to the customer. “It’s really worth stopping to consider that what you put into storage, is reflective of what you get out post-storage,” explains Morley Benson of Certis. “By this, I mean the quality of potatoes going into store, as well as the ...


    By Certis UK

  • Potato Salad Manufacturer

    The manufacturing of potato salad creates a high BOD and Fats, Oil & Grease wastewater that was costing over $6,000/month in surcharges to treat by the local POTW. The facility investigated the use of the Floccin product and found that Floccin-H removed over 90% of the TSS and 80% of the BOD, thereby decreasing the surcharges to the POTW from $6,000/month to $1,500/month. The facility treats ...


    By Integrated Engineers Inc.

  • Knowledge of Farm Practices – The Key for Successful Farming

    Agriculture plays an important part in the world economy. One-third of the economically active population obtains its livelihood from agriculture. In Asia and Africa, millions of small-scale farmers, fishermen, and indigenous people produce most of the food consumed worldwide, in most cases on very small plots of land. Agriculture is increasingly called upon to address a wide range of critical ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Lessons learned from potato growers down-under

    Andy Alexander, specialist potato consultant and agronomist, has provided advice across the UK and Australia for over 35 years, and has travelled to the southern continent over 17 times. He explains how adapting to change in a volatile climate has been key to success for growers in Australia, and what lessons UK growers can take from this. “My role is to provide business ...


    By Certis UK

  • Proactive approach to slug control recommended to potato growers

    If left untreated, slugs can cost the potato industry £53 million each year. With predictions of a high pressure slug season ahead, and the potential damage these pests can do to a crop both physically and financially, Robert Boothman, commercial director of Boothmans Agriculture, explains how to keep one step ahead of the pest. “The milder, wet winter and lack of ground frosts ...


    By Certis UK

  • Soil microbial, fungal, and nematode responses to soil fumigation and cover crops under potato production

    Abstract  Sodium N-methyldithiocarbamate (metam sodium) and 1,3 dichloropropene are widely used in potato production for the control of soil-borne pathogens, weeds, and plant parasitic nematodes that reduce crop yield and quality. Soil fumigation with metam sodium has been shown in microcosm studies to significantly reduce soil microbial populations and important soil processes such as C ...


  • Toxicity of pesticides associated with potato production, including soil fumigants, to snapping turtle eggs (Chelydra Serpentina)

    Turtles frequently oviposit in soils associated with agriculture and, thus, may be exposed to pesticides or fertilizers. The toxicity of a pesticide regime that is used for potato production in Ontario on the survivorship of snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) eggs was evaluated. The following treatments were applied to clean soil: 1) a mixture of the pesticides chlorothalonil, ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The effect of rigid scheduling on productivity and water-use of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) grown under small-scale irrigation

    This paper evaluates the results of a study highlighting the effect of rigid scheduling on crop water use and soil water extraction patterns, crop coefficients, crop response functions and water-use efficiency (WUE). The cumulative Penman potential evapotranspiration (Etp) at the end of the season reached around 400 mm and the total depth of water applied between planting and harvest through ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Research on microbial lipid production from potato starch wastewater as culture medium by Lipomyces starkeyi

    In this paper, potato starch wastewater as culture medium was treated by the oleaginous yeast Lipomyces starkeyi to biosynthesize microbial lipid. The result indicated that carbon source types, carbon source concentration, nitrogen source types, nitrogen source concentration, inoculum size, and cultivation time all had a significant effect on cell growth and microbial lipid accumulation in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Potato response to a polymer-coated urea on an irrigated, coarse-textured soil

    Controlled release fertilizers, especially polymer-coated urea (PCU), have been shown to reduce nitrate (NO3) leaching while maintaining potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) yields, but cost has been prohibitive. A new type of PCU (Environmentally Smart Nitrogen, Agrium, Inc., Calgary, AB) is less costly than previous PCUs, but its effectiveness on potato production has not been extensively studied. A ...

  • Advancements in chemistry are providing growers with flexibility when managing slug pressures in potato crops.

    Flexibility in slug control The mild and wet weather and lack of ground frosts seen this winter, means that being vigilant to slug activity will be key as we move into the potato planting season. Andrew Sprunt, Agrii’s Northern region potato technical agronomist, explains what growers can expect from the season ahead, and how to manage the potential impact at farm level, ...


    By Certis UK

  • Expanding Markets with Bagged Products

    Untitled Document When evaluating a move into bagging compost, mulch and blends, production volumes, distribution markets, automation and diversity of bag sizes all need to be ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Possibilities for Future EC Environmental Policy on Plant Protection Products

    Abstract This report presents the results of a study to examine and evaluate the economic, environmental and social benefits of plant protection products (PPPs) in agriculture with the main emphasis on the economic aspects. The approach followed was to carry out four case studies - each covering a single crop in a specific region of major production-comparing standard, integrated and organic ...

  • What`s What and Who`s Who in Compostable Products

    THESE are, without a doubt, exciting times for companies in the compostable products industry - from the manufacturers of resins to the distributors of the end products. After close to 20 years of product and market development, a number of factors are converging to create demand for compostable bags, foodservice ware, packaging films and containers. These include retailer demand for sustainable ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Nitrate Accumulation and Other Components of the Groundwater in Relation to Cropping System in an Aquifer in Southwestern Spain

    Inappropriate farming techniques and 4 years of drought (1992–1995) produced conditions for high nitrate concentration in an aquifer located in the Province of Seville (Southwest Spain). The objectives of this study were to study groundwater components and to determine the relationship between the cropping system and nitrate concentrations in groundwater. From October 1994 to May 1996, 16 ...


    By Springer

  • Modern food supply technology `key to affordable food`

    The modernisation of farm-to-market supply chains is important for increasing farmers' income, alleviating poverty, cutting food waste and improving the affordability of food staples, according to the authors of a book. The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains: Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger is a joint ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Measurement of photosynthetic performance in crop plants under South African climatic conditions

    A key objective of the research conducted by Dr Riekert van Heerden (riekert.vanheerden@nwu.ac.za) at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa and Drs Kobie de Ronde (and team members) and Joseph Asiwe at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC–Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute & ARC–Grain Crop Institute) is to increase the production of crops important for the ...


    By PP Systems

  • Crop protection 2.0: reducing environmental impact in the EU Is it feasible?

    By 2023 all EU member states must be complying with more stringent guidelines related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). “The essence of the new guideline is reducing the environmental impact of pesticides,” says Piet Boonekamp, manager of the Bio-interactions and Plant Health business unit at Wageningen UR. “In principle this European goal can be achieved, as has been shown ...

  • Stuart Stephen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Excellent energy production from his Gaia-Wind turbine means that Stuart Stephen has managed to reduce his quarterly energy bills by up to 75% on his Aberdeenshire farm. Purchased turbine: January 2011 Average annual energy production: 43,000kWh Predicted payback period: 4 years “At Netherthirds Farm in the North East of Scotland, we do mixed farming; ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • Managing slug pressure during harvest

    Growers should be mindful that slugs can thrive when there is no leaf canopy to protect the crop. This, combined with heavy rainfall and reports of increased slug populations this year, mean that good slug control at harvest is paramount. Top tips for slug control during harvest: Attention to detail During harvest focus on your attention ...


    By Certis UK

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