Potato Farming News

  • Portuguese potato trader Oliveira improves quality and productivity with the TOMRA Sentinel II

    Last June, Oliveira Pinho & Filhos, a family business located in the municipality of Mira (Portugal) dedicated to the trade of bagged potatoes and onions, purchased a Sentinel II optical food sorter from TOMRA. This machine is equipped with the latest pulsed LED technology for sorting food at a higher speed than earlier models. "Some farmers in France spoke very highly of the TOMRA ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Aviko Snowvalley Teams Up With Tomra Sorting Food For Its State-Of-The-Art French Fry Plant In China

    SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, invested by the joint venture between the two leading potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and Aviko listed sustainability, quality and processing ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Rasping knives - new quality

    Spomasz has begun deliveries of rasping knives for potatoes to potato processing companies in Poland and abroad, which were manufactured using new and improved technology. Currently knives are manufactured having regard to best heat treatment techniques, which guarantees that knives manufactured feature constant and repeatable hardness and thus better service life and better efficiency of ...

  • Canada 150: Hunger for tomatoes turns Canada into greenhouse superpower

    It's a burgeoning empire under glass. Canadian farmers now earn more from greenhouse vegetables than from eggs or potatoes. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has spent $10 million to build a one-acre test greenhouse, which opened last year. “Growing local food in the soil is a limited opportunity for food sovereignty in Canada,” said Jim Brandle, Vineland’s chief ...

  • New App available for the control of Phytophthora in potato

    Wageningen University & Research and Agrifirm have cooperated in the development of a new Phytophthora advisory App which has recently been made available to growers on the Akkerweb platform. WUR supplied the new computation module and Agrifirm the interface for the new App. The development of the App was in part funded by PPS PL2.0 (Precision Farming 2.0). Following tests of the new App at ...

  • Don`t let weather affect your potato planting

    Potato planting is well underway, however the weather continues to dominate the season, with some regions experiencing protracted planting as a result. Most recently, soil temperatures have dropped and periodic frost has meant that tubers are going into cooler soils, which can delay crop emergence. It’s important to remember actions now can have a knock-on effect with crop development as ...


    By Certis UK

  • We invite you to China Potato Expo 2017

    Lumex Instruments is going to participate in China Potato Expo 2017, an international annual event dedicated to new technologies and innovations in potato production industry. This exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of China and will be held in National Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing on 30th – 31st of March. ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • Visit us at LAMMA 17

    Come and see us at LAMMA 17 in Hall 7. We will be launching a new phosphite-based nutrient for sugar beet and revealing the latest PK MAXX+ potato field trial results. You can also claim BASIS CPD knowledge trail points with our crop nutrition quiz. Find us in Hall 7 Stand 7109 We are in a slightly different location this year. Still at the lower end of ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • TOMRA launches TOMRA 5A for the potato processing industry at Pack Expo 2016

    The TOMRA 5A, a state-of-the-art machine for the potato processing business, supports processors by combining a straightforward and brand-new graphical user interface with stable sorting performance, while increasing the level of food safety and quality with minimal product waste. With food safety and quality being a top priority for consumers and processors alike, this ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • CIPC stewardship update

    With over 1.2 million tonnes of stored potatoes being treated with sprout suppressants, the ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ campaign, has been vital in raising awareness of the rules, regulations and best practice guidance for use of CIPC in stores. Following millions of pounds’ worth of investment, the programme has so far resulted in significant compliance improvements. ...


    By Certis UK

  • Looking back on this year’s blight season

    Persistent rainfall and warm temperatures resulted in high blight pressure early on in the season, causing challenges for UK growers, as the value of the crop also crept up. Tighter spray intervals were seen as a recurring method of control, which resulted in an increased demand for the fungicides available to keep on top of potato blight. One product which has proven to be very effective this ...


    By Certis UK

  • Predictions for the storage season ahead

    Current weather forecasts predict that rain and unsettled conditions are likely as we move into the autumn, and this may create challenges for growers with concerns about potato storage and disease control this season. Store cleanliness and hygiene should also be top priority for growers before harvest. “I can’t stress enough the value of ensuring the correct ...


    By Certis UK

  • Effective Calcium Application

    Calcium is a key component in many crop nutrition programmes. Providing sufficient levels of calcium strengthens and stabilises cell walls, helping crops build natural resistance to pests and common disorders such as Internal Rust Spot in potatoes, Cavity Spot in carrots and Tip Burn in lettuce. In addition to cell wall structure, its role in root development and nutrient utilisation makes ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • New developments at Potatoes In Practice

    Another successful Potatoes In Practice (PIP) event was held at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm on 11 August. The annual showcase, which is the largest field-based potato event in the UK, is reported to have attracted over 700 delegates from across the sector, including international guests and industry speakers. This year’s event featured the latest leading research, ...


    By Certis UK

  • UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida ...

  • Remain vigilant for rising aphid numbers

    According to the most recent AHDB aphid alert summary, although a marginal increase in activity has been recorded in recent weeks, total aphid numbers still remain relatively low for the time of year.   However, it’s possible that aphids may still be present in potato crops as they head towards maturity, and with the hot weather seen recently, aphids could become an increasing threat ...


    By Certis UK

  • Perfect storm for potato blight

    With crop values creeping up, the need to protect is becoming ever more important to growers. However, this season’s blight threat has triggered the need for tighter spray intervals – indeed five days between applications is common – which is leading to increasing demand and potentially some product shortages in the range of fungicides available to fight potato blight. ...


    By Certis UK

  • Certis’ 15 year anniversary celebrations

    Certis are celebrating 15 years as an extensive crop protection business covering arable crops, potatoes, fruit, vegetables and ornamentals. Cereals 2016 is your chance to come and meet the team, and discuss the next 15 years. Certis’ new marketing manager Nathan Whitehouse, believes this is an exciting time for the company. “It’s great to have joined Certis when they are ...


    By Certis UK

  • Potatoes more environmentally sustainable than pasta, rice

    International researchers have shown that potatoes are good for the environment, with a recently published paper indicating that potato production is more environmentally sustainable than pasta and rice. The paper, conducted by researchers from Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England and published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, considered both greenhouse gas emissions ...


    By AUSVEG

  • New generation 2- and 3-row self-propelled top lifting harvesters from Dewulf

    Dewulf, specialist in harvesting technology for potatoes and carrots, has launched a new generation of the ZK series, 2- and 3-row self-propelled top lifting harvesters with discharge elevator. Its INNOVATIVE features make the ZK series the most RELIABLE harvester in the self-propelled top lifting harvester segment. The harvesters have the highest level of finish available and are equipped with ...


    By APH Group

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