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  • Phytosanitary potato peelings

    As part of a research project into methods to reinforce anti-parasite biological agents in growth media, the horticulture department of the Dutch University of Wageningen has made a promising discovery. When the growing medium is covered with waste from the potato processing industry, the number of predatory insects is multiplied by between 7 and 10. These predators are very important in ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Rising emissions may double sweet potato size

    Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere caused by human-driven emissions might lead to larger sweet potatoes, a staple food for many African and Asian countries, research reveals. Sweet potatoes could double in size with the increase in CO2 levels currently forecasted for the end of this ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Crop breeding gets boost from sweet potatoes

    In Uganda, the sweet potato is a major staple crop. Behind China and Nigeria, Uganda produces the most sweet potatoes in the world. Nationwide, families grow the crop to feed themselves, their livestock and to use as a source of income. Small scale agricultural operations use a large number of sweet potato varieties in their planting. These varieties are steadily being lost due to weevils, sweet ...

  • 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 ...

  • Bayer CropScience Introduces Good Growing Link

        ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer CropScience announced today at the National Potato Expo (NPE) in Orlando, Fla., the launch of Good Growing Link, a Web-based tracking tool powered by food safety and traceability technology leader FoodLogiQ, Inc. The Good Growing ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • 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

  • Growing Markets Around the World For America`s Agricultural Productivity

    Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse joined Tim Hamilton, Executive Director of Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast, as well as Dave Ramirez of Ohio-based Trophy Nut, to discuss the benefits of the Farm Bill to expand markets around the world and grow American agricultural exports. Secretary Vilsack has called on Congress to expedite passage of a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that ...

  • 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 ...

  • Rising CO2 robs crops of protein

    New analysis suggests that rising CO2 levels will affect the protein content of major food crops, and indeed this may already be taking place. Experts suggest this change in the composition of the foods we eat could have consequences for human nutrition. Farmers can limit these effects by using more nitrogen-based fertilisers, but these in turn have a high environmental cost. Research ...

  • Resistance genes from wild relatives of crops offer opportunities for more sustainable agriculture worldwidew

    Growing crops with stacks of two or more resistance genes from closely related species, introduced into the crop via for instance genetic engineering, combined with the simultaneous introduction of resistance management, can ensure the long-term resistance of these plants to economically significant and aggressive diseases. The combination offers opportunities to make agriculture more sustainable ...

  • Ancient crops preserved for future generations in Arctic seed vault

    Varieties of one of the world's most important staple crops will be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice today. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is joining scientific experts and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway to witness a ceremony here this afternoon that will help to preserve these ...

  • 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

  • The big red hand picks Australian vegetables for freezing

    AUSVEG, the National Peak Industry body representing Australian vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed an initiative rolled out on Australia Day by retailer Coles to replace all of its Smart Buy frozen vegetables with 100 per cent Australian grown vegetables and potatoes. The agreement comes in the form of a five-year contract that the retailer has inked with Simplot, who operate vegetable ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Maryland, Michigan Farmers Keep Soil, Environment Healthy

    As farming practices increasingly attract interest from the general public, two farmers are ensuring they meet public approval. They use proven management practices that focus on improving soil quality and maintaining a quality natural environment. In fact, getting the right nutrients to where they belong and in the right amounts when they’re needed enables them to improve yields while ...

  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Calls For Water Research Partnerships

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched a new £1.5m initiative to address challenges identified across the UK agriculture and horticulture industries relating to the management of rotations, soil structure and water. The AHDB has combined funds from the potatoes, cereals and oilseeds, dairy and horticulture sectors, something that has provided the required ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

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