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  • Potato blighted by ignorance

    Food and Farming Minister, Jim Paice, will be celebrating Potato Day on 14 October with a visit to Frogmary Green Farm in Somerset, a farm which works to educate children about potatoes. Potato Day is an opportunity to clear up some of the myths around potatoes. Potatoes are increasingly being knocked off menus by time-conscious younger cooks who don’t appreciate their nutritional ...

  • 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

  • Improving the productivity of tropical potato cultivation

    Potatoes thrive in tropical highlands. The tubers are healthier than rice, banana or cassava, and can play an important role in food security. Production is, however, often very low due to various diseases and farmers can struggle to generate sufficient added value. This is where Wageningen comes in.Potato specialist Anton Haverkort travels the world giving advice on how to bring cultivation ...

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

  • 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 CropScience AG

  • Second Sino - EU Potato workshop planned for 2016

    From 22 - 24 July, 2015, a first workshop on sustainable potato production and processing in China was held. The workshop was organized by Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Science (HAAS), Strategic Alliance for Industrial Technology Innovation of Potato (SAITIP) and Wageningen UR, with support from various parties. It was decided that a second workshop will be held during 2016 in Zhangjiakou ...

  • Tasmanian Potato Producers Hungry for New R&D

    Tasmanian potato producers have worked up an appetite for new potato research and development (R&D) information, with close to 70 members of the Tasmanian potato industry set to attend a special R&D workshop to be held in Devonport on Wednesday night.   “AUSVEG has received a record number of responses to the potato R&D workshop being held in Tasmania tomorrow ...


    By AUSVEG

  • 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 ...

  • Offering integrated solutions and driving partnerships to promote sustainability in potatoes

    At the 9th World Potato Congress, Bayer CropScience is showcasing its latest innovations and contributions for sustainable potato production. Under the theme ‘Innovating Together for Sustainable Potatoes’ experts from the company will present recent product novelties and new approaches that underline the role of Bayer CropScience as the innovation leader in its field. The 9th World ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Irrigation method saves 50 percent of water needed for potato growth

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found an irrigation method that uses 50 percent less water than traditional systems to grow potatoes – an important finding for the $131 million-a-year Florida crop. The system is called “hybrid center pivot irrigation.” With this method, about two-thirds of the water used to help grow potatoes is ...

  • ‘Spudcasts’: AUSVEG launches new potato R&D initiative

    AUSVEG has launched an exciting new initiative that will see key research and development (R&D) information delivered to Australian potato growers via podcasts.   Aptly titled ‘Spudcasts’, AUSVEG will produce a series of R&D-focused audio programs in 2014 for the Australian potato industry, as part of activities undertaken for the Potato Industry Extension ...


    By AUSVEG

  • 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

  • Australian vegetable farms could be fully automated by 2025

    Australia could see fully automated vegetable farms by 2025, according to top robotics researchers, with the ability to automate the entire production process for some crop commodities emerging through targeted research and development in the industry. The latest edition of the InfoVeg Radio R&D podcast, developed specifically for Australian vegetable producers, features the developer of the ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • Exciting Farming Projects Benefit from £18M Government Funding

    There were some exciting announcements in farming this week as Defra revealed 15 agri-tech projects that are due to receive a share of £18 million from the Government and industry to help speed up agriculture innovation and their commercial viability. According to Farmers Guardian, they are the first industrial research awards to be funded by the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst, which ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak: WHAT'S THE LATEST? The U.S. Department of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Yasheng Group's Development of Modern Dry Farming Agriculture Technologies Drives Growth

    REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/20/10 -- Yasheng Group (OTCQB: YHGG), a leading agriculture conglomerate which focuses on Chinese and international markets, utilizes modern dry land cultivation technologies to drive growth. The company continues to implement their 5 and 10 year plan of transforming their land resources into industrial cultivation within their current agriculture bases as ...


  • USDA Makes $5 Million in Farm Bill Support for National Clean Plant Network Available

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $5 million to support 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). NCPN-funded facilities provide high-quality propagative plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can otherwise cause economic losses to the ...

  • Farmers in 11 developing countries win UN-backed grants for conserving crops

    Nicaraguan farmers preserving ancient varieties of potatoes, and Kenyan women revitalizing differing types of millet are among projects in 11 developing countries to win supporting grants for their work, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. A total of more than $500,000 will go to farming projects in Egypt, Kenya, Costa Rica, India, Peru, Senegal, Uruguay, ...


    By United Nations

  • How ‘green’ is our food?

    New research from Cranfield University has analysed how ‘green’ some of our everyday food choices are, and their long term sustainability for UK diets. The team of scientists compared three types of carbohydrates commonly consumed in Great Britain – British grown potatoes, Italian pasta and Indian basmati rice – in terms of both greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) and water ...


    By Cranfield University

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