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Growing Potatoes In Argentina

In terms of distance travelled, it certainly wasn’t your typical field trip — a round trip of some 20,000 kilometres to the opposite end of the globe. That’s how far a group of 16 Canadian and American growers recently journeyed to observe how they grow processing potatoes in Argentina. The growers — 10 from New Brunswick and six from Maine — were accompanied by three Canadian and American executives from McCain Foods as they toured Argentinean potato farming and production facilities this past January.·[Read More]

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 Prince Edward Island

By Alex Docherty, Chairman,·Prince Edward Island Potato Board
As of the beginning of March, we were in the middle of the 2014/2015 shipping season. Quality remained top-notch, processing use was up over last year, and demand for fresh use seemed to be picking up.
Post-harvest testing for the potato virus Y and potato leaf roll viruses in seed had been completed for the most part, with an approximately 90 per cent pass rate (90 per cent of samples submitted to the lab meeting the planting cap of three per cent or less total virus (PVY + PLRV). This is very encouraging and will contribute to a good start to the 2015 season. [Read More]

 

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Disease Watch

The leading disease threats potato growers need to look for this season — and how to manage or prevent them. [Read More]

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World Review

Colorado potato beetle (CPB) is one of the most destructive and hard to control insect pests due to its resistance against pesticides. Researchers from Max Planck Institute have now developed an alternative to pesticides. According to the researchers, the new technology utilizes molecular biology and allows for precise protection against CPB without using chemicals or introducing foreign proteins into the potato plant. [Read More]

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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]

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International Potato Center Founder Passes Away

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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]

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New Offerings

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

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

 

 
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