potato grower News

  • 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

  • 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

  • In black and white: Zebra Chip report vindicates growers

    The Senate committee investigating the proposal to import potatoes from New Zealand for processing handed down its report yesterday sharing industry’s disappointment and lack of confidence in the work conducted by the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Biosecurity Department.  AUSVEG has today welcomed the committee’s comments that they share a number of concerns and lack ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Growers can increase efficiency with single crop focus

    Vegetable growers are able to benefit from increased productivity by focusing their growing operations on producing a single commodity, with efficiencies created by investing in labour that is specialised for a single crop. This is one of the outcomes from an Economic Discussion Paper produced by vegetable grower body AUSVEG, using data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Growers get pest smart with Veg Pest ID

    Picking a mould from a mildew is now easier for vegetable growers, thanks to the latest range of pest and disease identification updates on the vegetable levy-funded smart device application, Veg Pest ID. The app, released last year by Applied Horticultural Research, has been updated to include 13 vegetable varieties and more than 1,500 high resolution images of a wide range of pests, ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Growers can increase efficiency with single crop focus

    Vegetable growers are able to benefit from increased productivity by focusing their growing operations on producing a single commodity, with efficiencies created by investing in labour that is specialised for a single crop. This is one of the outcomes from an Economic Discussion Paper produced by vegetable grower body AUSVEG, using data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and ...


    By AUSVEG

  • “Willy Wonka” of Vegetables to Inspire Aussie Vegetable Growers

    The ingenious mastermind behind several strange and wonderful varieties of watercress that resemble the taste of oysters, liquorice and citrus is set to join an exciting panel of speakers at an industry-first seminar next month. Dutch cultivator Rob Baan will provide highly-anticipated insight into his sustainable and innovative horticultural enterprise, Koppert Cress, at the 2014 Produce ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Energy efficiency a key concern for vegetable growers

    As Australian vegetable growers continue to struggle under the weight of rising production costs, an energy audit report on the industry has taken a closer look at power consumption and efficiency. “Energy costs have practically doubled over the last decade, prompting the industry to take a closer look at the way facilities use energy, and to then use the report to identify ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Laser beams and robots to feature in veggie grower seminar

    Laser beams, robots and mid-air vegetable cultivation will be on the agenda for over 100 of the country’s leading vegetable growers at the 2015 Global Technologies in Horticulture Seminar to be held on Thursday 25 June at Jupiters Gold Coast. The Seminar aims to educate Australian growers on the futuristic technology they can employ on-farm, and builds on a highly successful series of ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Costs put crunch on carrot growers’ profits

    Aussie carrot growers are experiencing tough financial conditions, similar to many other vegetable producers, as increasing costs drive falling returns, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The latest data illustrates that carrot growers’ returns, on average, have been falling since 2007-08. “This clearly shows that ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Cucumber virus quarantine to be lifted for NT growers in 2016

    AUSVEG has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement from the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries that property quarantine for Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) will be lifted next year.   “It is welcome news for growers that property quarantine put in place in the Northern Territory following the outbreak of CGMMV will be ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Secrets of successful breeding revealed in Potato Breeding Manual

    The Potato Breeding Manual was presented during the Potato Europe Exhibition in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, on 11 September. The book was handed over to Kees van Arendonk, chair of the Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) an is available in English and Dutch. In this manual the secrets of successful potato breeding are revealed. This book aims not only at potato breeders. It is a source of inspiration ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Free trade agreements provide export hope for struggling Australian vegetable growers

    Recently concluded free trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China could pave the way for greater exports of premium Australian vegetable products according to a discussion paper released today by AUSVEG titled ‘Exporting Australia’s vegetables to the Middle East & Asia: Market analysis & overview.’ “Lower returns domestically can be attributed to ...


    By AUSVEG

  • ‘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

  • 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

  • Alterra and partners to demonstrate the use of brackish water for potato cultivation in Egypt

    A consortium led by Alterra has recently started a project called “Salt TOlerant Potatoes improve water and food security - STOP”. Together with our partners we will extend and test the existing Dacom soil moisture monitoring system with a new salinity sensor. Use of this advisory system will prevent both crop drought and salinity stress, while minimizing water losses. It will enable ...

  • 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 ...

  • UF/IFAS Finding Could Help Farmers Stop Potato, Tomato Disease

    A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and torment potato and tomato growers around the world. A disease called “late blight” killed most of Ireland’s potatoes, while today it costs Florida ...

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