Potato Farming 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • How three U.S. mini-farms are sowing the seeds of global food security

    Tiny, biointensive operations show smallholder farmers from around the world how they can grow far more food than conventional approaches. Her face shaded by a wide-brimmed straw hat, Olawumi Benedict is cheerfully tending to her “little babies” — kale seedlings growing in shallow wooden flats until they’re hardy enough for transplantation into soil beds. Three miles over ...


    By Ensia

  • Poland Onion Processing

    Poland Onion Processing Poland is the third onion manufacturer in the EU. Onion is a symbol of Polish culture and a popular addition to the Polish kitchen. Onion is peeled, fried, frozen or processed in other ways. The growing demands of customers call for onion producers to provide the market with onion peeled. Peeling can ...


    By Amisy Machinery

  • The developing world is awash in pesticides. Does it have to be?

    Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides threaten the environment and human health in many parts of the world. But research is pointing to a better approach. In today’s globalized world, it is not inconceivable that one might drink coffee from Colombia in the morning, munch cashews from Vietnam for lunch and gobble grains from Ethiopia for dinner. That we can enjoy these ...


    By Ensia

  • 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

  • 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

  • HydroFLOW and Baker Produce - Case Study

    Baker Produce grow different varieties of Apples, cherries, asparagus and potatoes in Washington State. The water heaters used to wash the produce were becoming heavily scaled. Results One HydroFLOW C45 water conditioner was used to treat 3 water heaters used to wash produce. In less than 3 months, the water conditioner descaled the water heaters. ...


    By Hydropath Holdings Ltd

  • Lamb-Weston’s French Fry Plant Saves on Fuel Costs with ADI-BVF® Anaerobic Reactor

    Location: Taber, Alberta, Canada • Sector: Food & Beverage The Client: Lamb-Weston is a division of ConAgra Limited—one of the largest potato processors in the world. The company operates several french fry processing plants. The Client’s Needs: Lamb-Weston required a wastewater treatment solution at its plant in Taber, Alberta, ...


    By ADI Systems

  • Can Your Brand Cope With Cultural Chaos?

    Culture for people is a bit like water for fish. Most of us don’t know we have one, although we plainly see cultural biases in those outside our group–biases that stop them from seeing the world as it really is. Our culture is key to our identity. The group we belong to influences what we perceive as cool or nerdy, de rigueur or verboten. Our brand preferences are very much connected ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Food security faces growing pest advance

    Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. By 2050, according to new research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, those opportunistic viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Biological hydrogen production: effects of inoculation and production media

    In this work inoculation media are selected as potato, glycerine and milk to investigate the best storage condition that is important to maintain microorganism activity and stable hydrogen production performance. Cheese whey, potato and enriched potato (with additional glucose and CaCO3) are used as the production media and their hydrogen production results are compared in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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.

  • Dutch dealer creates Tricycle Valtra for customer

    In early March we visited W. and J. Schutte on their arable farm in Nagele, the Netherlands. The agricultural countryside in the Northeast Polder region is beautiful, and the sun is shining. The company is making itself ready for the first fieldwork in springtime. The previous day the Schuttes took delivery of two new Valtra N143 HiTech3 tractors, but they are not identical; on one, the front ...

  • Potato Processor

    Problem: A major potato processor was faced with odor and downstream land application difficulties. Solution: After reviewing their wastewater treatment process, the source of their problems was identified as a high strength recycle stream, comprised of filtrate and spray bar water from the vacuum drum filters. This stream was being returned to the ...


    By HydroCal Inc.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mechanical property enhancement of flax fibre–based green composites for civil structural application

    In the present work, unidirectional flax fibre reinforced epoxy green composites were prepared with hand lay–up process. Efforts were made to improve the mechanical properties of the composites to meet the requirements for civil structural application. Mercerisation under stretch was found to be an effective way to enhance the interfacial bonding performance between flax and epoxy matrix, leading ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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