Saturday, 27 August 2016

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  The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) organizes in Dundee Scotland, a scientific ...

An International Business Meeting for the Industry: PotatoEurope 2016

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  AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation recently continued its exploration of Great Britain’s diverse po...

Tong Reinforces Sales Division

Tong Reinforces Sales Division

  Alice Tong, daughter of Chairman Charles Tong, has joined the family-run business, Tong Engineering....

Bosch and Bühler Agree on Research Cooperation

Bosch and Bühler Agree on Research Cooperation

    Bühler and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions agreed to expand their existing successful colla...

FDA Launches New Nutrition Facts Label for Potatoes

FDA Launches New Nutrition Facts Label for Potatoes

 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released revisions to the Nutrition Facts label, wh...

How to Seal 6,000 Potato Packages Per Hour with Ultrasonic Technology

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  The German food company Wernsing Feinkost GmbH, based in Addrup-Essen near Oldenburg, seals 6,000 ba...

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters

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  Key Technology introduces its VERYX belt-fed digital sorters, with a goal to improve product quality...

Technology Producers Make Drone Demonstrations at Potato Farm in Oregon

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 The Oregon UAS FutureFarm will host the first Ag Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon on August 18 -19, wh...

Avebe Starts the Potato Harvest Campaign

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New Potato Products Recently Launched Worldwide

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Ballreich Wins Best Potato Chip and Potato Stick

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  Potato producer Ballreich has recently been awarded for...

McDonald’s of the Future Serves Unlimited Fries

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Kiremko is the Main Supplier for New Project Linkage Farm Frites in China

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

Greenpeace Issues Blacklist for Pesticides in EU

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 Greenpeace Germany has recently published a new version o...

Costs of Developing GM Potatoes Comparable to Conventional Varieties

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  The cost of developing GM potato varieties is in fact n...

Scientists to Test Potatoes Grown in Mars and Moon Soils

Scientists to Test P...

 Scientists of Wageningen University and Research (The Net...

Solana Seeds UK Opens New Facility in North Norfolk

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  Solana Seeds UK celebrated its first birthday with a sp...

Farm Visit: How to Produce Potatoes for PepsiCo Factory in Romania

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  Mirica Farm in Romania is preparing to develop one of t...

This year's Potatoes in Practice event, hosted by the UK's Potato Council, has been heralded as a great success, attracting record numbers of visitors, exhibitors and boasting a wide range of field demonstrations and trials.

A total of 760 people (up from 700) attended from across the industry, and the number of exhibitors showed a 33% increase on 2010, illustrating the importance of this industry event.

Many of the visitors were UK-based; however the reputation of the event is now such that growers travelled from as far away as Iceland and even Australia.

Mike Cumming, a leading Angus seed grower, said; "Potatoes in Practice is a ‘must attend' event for me. The field demonstrations and trials give me the opportunity to actually see the impact of best practice advice and scientific developments in the industry. This year's PiP again proved it has something for everyone who has a concern in potato growing and production."

Potatoes in Practice 2011 continued the event's tradition of providing practical advice for attendees by hosting a number of trials and demonstrations, including those aimed at mechanical and chemical control methods. These included three Potato Council-sponsored trials, conducted by SAC:

· Control of potato volunteers

· Implications of cultivar blight resistance rating changes

· Seed treatment efficacy

In addition to the field activities, the event included a range of presentations from high profile speakers who covered key issues affecting today's industry and future development. Dr. John Kerr from SASA (Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture) outlined the impact the PCN Directive has had on the industry, while Dr Gerry Saddler examined the vital role that growers can play in minimising risks to plant health.

The day also saw Mark Prentice, head of seed and export at the Potato Council, partner with SASA's Export Liaison Officer Robert Burns to highlight how growing demand for Scottish seed is being addressed, and what issues may arise in the future. One of the key points raised by Mark was the excellent growth of Scottish seed potato exports over the last year, which showed a year-on-year increase of 12%, pushing total seed exports (EU and non-EU) through the hundred thousand tonnes mark (101,030t) for the first time.

Allan Stevenson, Chairman of the Potato Council and member of the governing body of the James Hutton Institute, highlighted the importance of this event to the industry during his welcome address.

He said: "Potatoes in Practice provides a vital opportunity to bring together levy payers, Government representatives, industry research, and variety development all on one field. We have seen more exhibitors than ever this year, which is a really positive sign and highlights the high value they see in attending this event. We are already looking forward to next year's event and hope that we see many of those who attended Potatoes in Practice at the forthcoming British Potato event in Harrogate."

 

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