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PRODUCT NEWS P.E.I. Potato Bags Get Makeover

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Prince Edward Island potato bags are sporting a new look. The P.E.I. Potato Board has spent the last couple of years researching and creating the new design with the help of a Toronto firm that specializes in packaging. [Read More]

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Roundtable: Post-harvest Field Care

Successful potato growers know that even the best soils can produce inferior yields and quality if steps aren’t taken after harvest to prepare their fields for the following year, whether it’s being planted with potatoes or another crop in their rotation. [Read More]

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What's After Thimet?

There’s a growing sense of unease among Canadian potato producers as the countdown continues on the deregulation of Thimet 15-G. In the face of increased wireworm pressure across the country, especially in Prince Edward Island, growers aren’t the only group troubled by the phasing out of the only insecticide registered in Canada for use on potatoes that kills wireworms. [Read More]

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Market News

Potato stocks are up considerably in Canada from last year — largely due to the large number of fresh potatoes remaining in storage in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. [Read More]

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Grower Spotlight: P.E.I's Hilltop Produce

Prince Edward Island potato growers Andrew and Heidi Lawless clearly know a thing or two about farming. They, along with Myron and Jill Krahn of Carman, Man., were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2014, an award handed out annually to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. [Read More]

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Crafting A Great Brand

The Canadian potato chip industry is a big business, with Research and Markets pegging its value at an impressive $1.6 billion by the close of 2016. It’s also highly competitive —with a plethora of well-known brands crowding stores and established players dominating shelf space, capturing the attention of consumers certainly isn’t easy. [Read More]

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Eye On the Nation

New Brunswick By Louis Ouellette,·Market Information Co-ordinator,·Potatoes New Brunswick
The 2014 crop held up very well throughout the entire storage season and quality was excellent with next to no storage issues. As of mid-June, inventories were still higher than normal on processing and fresh potatoes for this time of the year, but with a hopefully busy end to the season we could see these extra potatoes find a proper home. [Read More]

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Canadian Potato Council Update

The Canadian Potato Council and the Seed Potato Subcommittee met jointly on March 10, just prior to the Canadian Horticultural Council’s 93rd Annual General Meeting in Quebec City, Que. Forty members and observers representing provincial potato grower organizations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and provincial governments attended the meeting. [Read More]

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Production Projections

Statistic Canada’s potato acreage estimates are similar to last year but a strong start in most provinces has growers feeling optimistic. Favourable conditions in most growing regions this spring, a dip in the value of the Canadian dollar and some increases in processing contracts have potato producers across the country feeling optimistic about the 2015 season. [Read More]

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Grower Spotlight

Situated in the fertile Pampas region of Argentina, El Parque Papas is a bustling potato business that produces and stores chipping and french fry stock for the processing market. It boasts a pair of the biggest names in the global potato market — McCain and PepsiCo — as its main customers. [Read More]

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Roundtable: Taking On Late Blight

When it comes to potato diseases, late blight is one of the biggest headaches for producers. And for good reason — the fungal disease attacks both tubers and foliage, and is a threat at every stage of production from field to storage. [Read More]

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Wild Potato Cousins

The potato probably has more related wild species than any other crop. These wild relatives grow through much of the Americas, from the United States southwest through Central America and then along the South American Andes Mountains from Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and northwest Argentina. They also occur in the lowlands of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil.·[Read More]

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Protecting Potato’s Heritage

Climate change and disease could put tuber biodiversity at risk in Latin America, the birthplace of the potato. The International Potato Center in Peru is taking steps to try to ensure that doesn’t happen. [Read More]

 

 
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