Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEurope 2016

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Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep Potatoes Trendy”

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 PotatoEurope is the largest open-field event devoted to the potato in Europe, which will cover an...

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

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FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period after Brexit

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  UK food manufacturers face a "very challenging period" in the wake of the country's decisi...

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm Electronics Limited

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  Tolsma-Grisnich, a leading Dutch specialist in intelligent storage technology for potatoes, onions a...

New Rules for Drones in the USA

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  The rules regarding flying drones in the United States have been relaxed, paving the way for thousan...

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato with a Sorting Solution from TOMRA

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 The Nedato is a cooperative of 500 farmers, which has been producing quality potatoes to customers acr...

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Transfer Machine

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   Tong Engineering is set to introduce a new Cleaner Loader crop transfer machine to its latest range...

Kiremko Is the Main Supplier for New Project Linkage Farm Frites China

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  Dutch engineering company Kiremko will be the main supp...

McCain Foods Invests USD65m in Expanding Its French Fries Plant in Canada

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McCain Foods (Canada) announced a major investment of USD6...

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

Branston Began the E...

The UK potato supplier Branston has begun work on its GBP5...

Processed Potatoes in EU Worth EUR10b in 2014

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  Processed potatoes (mainly frozen chips and crisps) wer...

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

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Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

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  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

Kangaroo Island Potato Producer Wins the “Mini MBA” for Farmers

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 Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been nam...

CEJA President: Losing Young Farmers Puts the Future of European Food Production at Risk

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  CEJA President, Alan Jagoe, addressed EU agriculture mi...

Researchers Develop Nutrient-rich Purple Potato

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Search Begins for Scottish Strategic Potato Farm

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Syngenta say the constant demand of potato crops for water in the hot dry weather is posing a serious headache for growers trying to maintain irrigation scheduling.

The world-leading plant science and crop protection company warn that high levels of water being applied to combat deepening soil moisture deficits poses the real risk of washing off blight fungicides, at the same time creating humid conditions beneath the dense crop canopy that are ideal for disease to develop.

Latest reports from the Met Office highlight the soil moisture deficit this season for the Anglian region - covering key potato growing areas from the east midlands across Lincolnshire and East Anglia - has reached over 95mm, more than 50 per cent higher than typical for the time of year. Most growers are operating at the limit of their irrigation capability, highlights Phillip Ayres, Syngenta Area Manager.

"Growers need to make sure they are using blight fungicide that can withstand heavy irrigation, or sudden summer storm downpours that have become prevalent in recent seasons. Trials and growers' own experience has shown REVUS to be the most reliable and give the greatest blight protection following irrigation," he reports.

Trials have shown that even with modest irrigation of 20mm an hour after treatment the performance of cymoxonil and mancozeb was seriously reduced. With an average irrigation application of 40mm, the persistent control with fluopicolide and propamocarb was down below 90 per cent, and when a higher water dose of 80mm was applied its performance rapidly declined to around 60 per cent. REVUS performance was maintained at a consistently high 98 per cent plus control right across all the irrigation programmes.

"Even when blight forecasts based on prevailing weather conditions indicate the disease risk is low, beneath the leafy canopy it can remain hot and humid for several days after an irrigation application - the ideal condition for blight," warns Mr Ayres. "It's crucial that growers maintain protection with an effective and reliable fungicide programme."

REVUS is recognised by independent blight researchers as being the best available product for foliar blight protection. "Its ease of use in practice, coupled with results of over 60 trials showing significantly better and more consistent blight control than other leading fungicides, can give growers the confidence their crops will be adequately protected, no matter when the irrigator passes through or a rainstorm falls," he adds.

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