Insect Watch

Every year, potato producers across Canada are challenged by insect pests damaging their crop. The size of the pest population is influenced by factors such as overwintering survival, host plant availability and climatic conditions, and often varies widely between regions and years.·[Read More]


International Potato Center Founder Passes Away


Richard L. Sawyer, the founder of the International Potato Center (CIP) and its first director-general, passed away on March 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Dr. Sawyer’s legacy is enormous. His project to begin a potato research for development institute in the potato’s center of diversity was visionary and this work has led to improved nutrition, health, and livelihood for millions of rural poor in Latin America, Africa, and Asia,” said Barbara Wells, CIP director-general. [Read More]


New Offerings

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada potato breeders unveil their choice of promising new varieties at their annual open house. [Read More]


World Potato Congress Preview

Potato industry stakeholders from around the globe will soon be gathering to discuss all things spud-related, and it’ll happen against a spectacular backdrop: the Great Wall of China. Yanqing County, Beijing City, China has been selected as the site of the ninth International World Potato Congress (WPC) to be held in July 2015. It’s the first time the triennial event will be held in the Beijing region of China. [Read Full Article]


Grower Spotlight: Ferm Givskud Farm

Ferm Givskud Farm Inc. has a long history of growing potatoes in New Brunswick. The third generation family farm near Grand Falls, N.B. has been in operation more than 85 years. [Read Full Article]


High Hopes for Low Glycemic Spud

A team of researchers at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, N.B., and the Lethbridge Research Centre in Alberta has developed a low glycemic potato. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada project lead Benoit Bizimungu says this development could help consumers to achieve sustainable weight loss and improve the management of diabetes. Not only that, but the new low glycemic index variety could create new market opportunities for potato growers. [Read Full Article]


No Winter's Rest for Soil

In recognition of the profound importance of soil for human life, the United Nations has named 2015 as the International Year of the Soils. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports this and another UN initiative, World Soil Day, which took place Dec. 5, 2014. With the benefit of new funding from the government’s Growing Forward 2 program, AAFC researchers are investigating biological processes in the soil in an effort to identify better ways to utilize essential nutrients required for plant growth. [Read Full Article]


Searching for an Agile Potato

It’s no secret that rice has been the dominant crop in Asia for some time. It’s estimated that more than 90 per cent of the world’s rice supply is produced in the region and it occupies more land there than any other single crop. [Read Full Article]


A Year After

As of April 1, it will be one year since the Canadian Food Inspection Agency moved to expand the use of Alternative Service Delivery for the inspection of seed potato tuber shipments. The process to explore alternatives to the existing program was slow in 2014, but the Canadian potato industry is hopeful that significant progress will be made in 2015. [Read Full Article]


Introducing Innate

Following United States Department of Agriculture approval of Innate potatoes in November, J.R. Simplot Company expects to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Innate product within a few months, the final hurdle for commercially producing the genetically modified potatoes in the United States. The company anticipates similar approval by Health Canada in early 2015, clearing the way for Innate in this country. [Read Full Article]


Roundtable: Preparing the Land for Planting

Growers, like boy scouts, know it’s important to be prepared. Each spring, potato fields across the country are cultivated to varying degrees, depending on the soil, and the earth carefully shaped prior to planting. [Read Full Article]

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