Potato Farming News

  • A day in the entomology lab: Beetles

    Did you know that the average American eats 124 lbs of potatoes a year, that the potato was the first vegetable to be grown in space, and Vincent van Gogh painted four still-life canvases devoted entirely to the potato!? ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • DIY Snacks Save on Packaging

    It’s easy to grab a single-serve bag of chips and throw them in with a sandwich for lunch or take them along for a quick snack. But did you know it’s almost as easy to make and bag your own? Plus, you’ll know exactly what has been sprinkled on the chips, maybe just salt if that’s your preference. Here’s a recipe for Quick DIY Tortilla Chips, but there are many ...


    By Eco Partners, Inc.

  • GRIMME & TOMRA join forces to offer integrated grading & sorting solutions

    Through the new partnership, GRIMME will distribute the TOMRA FPS so customers can purchase and deploy a single, integrated grading and sorting solution, including post-sale support. With the newly launched PowerCombi, GRIMME uses the combination of highly efficient mechanical separation mechanisms and electronic sorting to not ...


    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.

  • Leading Belgian “French” fries company selects AppliTek analyzers

    One of the fastest growing Belgian French fries companies has selected our analyzer technology to be deployed at one of their potato processing plants in Europe. The company produces fresh potato products, in all kind of forms, for deep frying, for boiling, for steaming, for frying, for microwaving. We would like to thank this highly successful family company for their confidence in AppliTek. ...


    By AppliTek NV

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • APH Group Engineering delivers potato grading, cleaning & packing line in Belarus

    APH Group Engineering delivered and installed a professional line for grading, washing, dry cleaning & packing of potatoes to Belarus. After unloading the boxes in the dosing hopper, the operator can select various routings depending on the desired end product. Grading is done by a radial grading machine, which gives the possibility to grade long shaped products as well as round products. The ...


    By APH Group

  • New potato varieties to boost productivity in Tanzania, Kenya could borrow some tips

    Mtanga Farms Limited (MFL), in partnership with the Tanzanian government, has announced the registration of four new potato varieties – the first to be released in Tanzania in 30 years. MFL, a commercial farming operation in the southern highlands of Tanzania – rehabilitated in partnership with Thirty Degrees East, a Mauritian investment company, through impact investments by UK-based ...


    By TractorExport

  • TOMRA Sorting Solutions wins international design award for its common user interface

    TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners, received this year´s International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) at a gala ceremony in Seattle, US, on the 22ndAugust. The IDEA is one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions, already in its 35th year and is organized by the Industrial Designers ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • High speed vine killing: The next generation haulm toppers

    Last week APH Poland successfully put a 6 row Baselier HFD6LKB550 hydraulic foldable haulm topper into operation at the farm of Mr. Wojciech Baranowski. Mr. Baranowski grows seed potatoes on beds which are de-stoned prior to planting. The haulm topper is equipped with several options to reach an optimal topping result. The machine is a high speed version to ensure all haulms can be topped at a ...


    By APH Group

  • Wageningen Potato Centre – bringing Science and Practice Together for the Last Five Years

    The Wageningen Potato Centre (WPC) will celebrate its first lustrum this week. Initiated by Wageningen UR, the WPC is a platform that makes science and applied research accessible for the industry in the potato sector. The Wageningen based potato research is getting a podium, and the first 30 associated partners, all of them businesses from across the whole spectrum of the potato sector, are at ...

  • Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites jointly implement sustainable practices in European potato cultivation

    Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites recently started a Food Chain Partnership initiative designed to implement sustainable agricultural practices in potato cultivation in the Netherlands and Belgium. The goal of the partnership is to support a bottom-up approach with potato farmers addressing value-adding sustainable potato-growing practices at individual farm level. This is intended to minimize ...


    By Bayer Crop Science AG

  • Scientists find new defence front against the Potato Blight

    In this week 'Nature Plants', scientists from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK, report the identification of a resistance gene that enhances resistance against potato late blight from a South American wild relative of cultivated potatoes. The gene targets elicitin, a conserved protein with an important biological function, making it less likely ...

  • China - Netherlands cooperation on improvement of China potato production

    Raising China potato production is of utmost importance. In the coming years a great effort is to be made to meet the increasing demand of potatoes for fresh consumption and for industry. In a joined R&D program Chinese and Dutch research institutes and companies investigated opportunities for improvement on the main topics of potato production. ‘Progress Report China Potato GAP ...

  • Industry welcomes further dumping investigations into Italian tomatoes

    AUSVEG has welcomed the announcement that Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission will investigate the alleged dumping of canned tomatoes into Australia by two Italian exporters. Following an application lodged by SPC Ardmona Operations Limited, an investigation has been initiated with respect to tomatoes exported to Australia from Italy by Feger di Gerardo Ferraioli A.p.A. and La ...


    By AUSVEG

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