Potato Europe event a hit for British exporters

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International seed breeders and exporters sharing the Potato Council stand enjoyed a very busy time at this year’s Potato Europe (Tournai, Belgium, September 7-8). "The record-breaking 2011 seed potato export season reflects our success in this sector," said David Murdie, CEO for Grampian Growers, who was on the stand for the first time this year.…


Zimbabwe’s Potato Potential

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Most farmers in Zimbabwe are shunning potato farming owing to lack of knowledge on the crop. Potato production has been a preserve of former commercial farmers in this now poverty-struck and trouble-torn dictatorship. Seed Potato Co-operation general manager in Zimbabwe Cain Manzira was reported as saying his organisation had realised many farmers wanted to produce…


Potato emergence unaffected by working soil at depth

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Latest results from cultivations work at Cambridge University Farm show that working the soil at depth has had no effect on emergence this year, due to the dry conditions. "These are different to our previous results," admitted Mark Stalham of Cambridge University Farm. "In the past, we’ve seen large differences created in bulk density and…


Cost of potato irrigation has doubled since 2005

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The rising cost of irrigation and a new see treatment were two key topics discussed at the East of England Potato Day in Suffolk last week. Louise Impey reports The cost of applying water to potato crops is rising fast and has doubled since 2005, according to Jerry Knox of Cranfield University. "It now costs…


A new arrangement for potato production

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When Idaho farmers started making the state famous for its potatoes, they seeded their crops in ridged rows and watered the plants by channeling surface irrigation to flow through the furrows between the rows. But even though most commercial potato producers in the Pacific Northwest now irrigate their crops with sprinklers, they still typically use…


Lower potato prices in Russia thanks to growth

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The Russian market is keeping its potato price reduction trend thanks to growth of potato supply in the country, according to the Fruit-Inform Project. As of yesterday (Aug 30), prices for potatoes are 2.5 times lower than a year before and may most likely decrease further. "Expansion of areas under potatoes against a background of…


Chance to grow the potato market, fenland farmers told

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Shoppers are buying increasing volumes of prepared potato products, a retail analyst told leading farmers and growers at a fenland variety open day. The retail market for potatoes was worth about £1bn and over the last 12 months, the value of total sales had risen by 4pc or £44m, said Sapna Sejpal, consumer insight director…


Potato prices down as supply exceed demand

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Potato prices have dropped again, with available supplies exceeding demand due to the early harvest. The Potato Council’s weekly average price fell by 12% in the week to 19 August, to £120.65/t – £50/t below the same time last year. However, free-buy markets have dropped even more sharply in recent weeks, and are now more…


Improved diagnostic test for Potato Cyst Nematodes developed by ARS

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A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist has created a new weapon in the war being waged against the potato cyst nematode-a diagnostic test that identifies the type of nematode infesting a grower’s field. Xiaohong Wang, a molecular biologist with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health in Ithaca,…


China turns to the UK to end its potato poverty

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After centuries of relying on rice and noodles to feed its hungry masses, China is now turning to a familiar British staple to meet the needs of its 1.3bn-strong population – the humble potato. Facing more frequent droughts, falling water tables and widespread soil erosion, China’s government has designated the potato as a "strategic" crop…


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