Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

The dates have been set for Potato Week 2014, and running from 6-12 October the campaign will celebrate the humble potato and encourage mums to ‘trade-up’ from generic whites to named varieties.

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to increase production capacity by 25 per cent

The installation of a 20 head Ishida multihead weigher at Italian food manufacturer Martini Alimentare has delivered an immediate 2% improvement in product giveaway and enabled the company to increase production capacity by 25

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help young farmers

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) announced a new partnership with Bekina at its General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium, attended by a number of leading young farmer representatives from across Europe.

Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato and Farm Frites signed an agreement to build new fry factory in China

Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co., Ltd and Farm Frites signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in WudanTown, ChifengCity in Inner Mongolia in China.

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Crisps brand. A brand new design concept has been created with a new Kent Crisps logo and each flavour displays a captivating image of Kent to emphasize the provenance

Interpom | Primeurs 2014, virtually fully booked

Interpom | Primeurs 2014, virtually fully booked

Interpom | Primeurs, the leading trade fair for the whole of the potato, vegetable and fruit sector in E...

Sri Lanka’s Government to Purchase All Potato Stocks from Farmers

Sri Lanka’s Government to Purchase All Potato Stocks fr...

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne announced in Parliament that the government was ready to purchase...

Professionals from All Over the World and Around 10,000 Visitors at Potato Europe

Professionals from All Over the World and Around 10,000...

PotatoEurope 2014 took place on 3 and 4 September on the Rittergut Bockerode estate in Springe-Mittelrod...

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help young farmers

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help youn...

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) announced a new partnership with Bekina at its General Ass...

NEPG Expects a Record Harvest in North-Western Europe

NEPG Expects a Record Harvest in North-Western Europe

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that the upcoming harvest could lead to a new ...

Head of TOMRA Sorting Food “pleased” at growth in first half of 2014

Head of TOMRA Sorting Food “pleased” at growth in first...

TOMRA Sorting Executive Vice President and Head of Sorting Dr. Volker Rehrmann advised that the sorting b...

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to increase production capacity by 25 per cent

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to in...

The installation of a 20 head Ishida multihead weigher at Italian food manufacturer Martini Alimentare ha...

 Vanmark introduces its new Lamina hydrocutting system

Vanmark introduces its new Lamina hydrocutting system

The Lamina hydrocutting system is designed to cut large volumes of vegetable food products such as: Fre...

Increase Packaging Efficiency with New Robag Auto-Splice

Increase Packaging Efficiency with New Robag Auto-Splic...

Global processing and packaging solutions specialist, tna, announces the launch of the new tna robagAuto-...

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

Potato Week 2014 to ...

The dates have been set for Potato Week 2014, and running fr...

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

Kent Crisps Announce...

AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Cr...

New DiversaCut 2110A Dicer on Display at SIAL in Paris

New DiversaCut 2110A...

Several Urschel cutting machines will be on display at Sal...

McDonald’s Japan Is Releasing Purple Sweet Potato McShake This Autumn

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McDonald's Japan is rolling out a special purple sweet potat...

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Contest Finalists Announced

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Lay's potato chips, one of the brands from PepsiCo (http:/...

BioSafe Systems Introduces Complete Potato Storage Protection Programme

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Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers...

Future Proofing Cheshire Potatoes

Future Proofing Ches...

Cheshire potato growers gathered at Aston Grange Farm near...

Sophisticated Potato Inspection

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Improvements in sorting machinery are aimed at many grower...

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

McCain Foods to Help...

Global potato processor McCain Foods is using drone techno...

Open Farm Sunday 2014 Review

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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 ridged-row planting systems.

"The problem is that sprinkler irrigation can actually work against efficient water management because runoff from the sides of a ridged potato row allows water to pond in the furrow," says agricultural engineer Bradley King, who works at the ARS Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory (NWISRL) in Kimberly, Idaho.

"So some of the irrigation water is wasted because the excess water in the furrows percolates below the crop root zone and becomes unavailable to the plants. Under these conditions, nitrate leaching from the soil can increase."

King worked with NWISRL research leader Dave Bjorneberg and soil scientist David Tarkalson on a series of studies to see whether planting potatoes in flat beds instead of ridged rows could increase irrigation water-use efficiency and the overall efficiency of potato production.

For a 2-year study, they set up experimental fields near their laboratory in Kimberly and compared three planting systems: conventional ridge-row systems, a five-row planting configuration on a raised bed where the plant rows were 26 inches apart, and a seven-row planting configuration on a raised bed where the plant rows were 18 inches apart.

They also varied nitrogen application and irrigation rates for the experimental beds.

With the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and assistance of industry partner Western Ag Research LLC, the team also set up a 5-year study with commercial producers in eastern Idaho on 62 fields, a study area that totaled around 6,900 acres. They looked at how irrigation rates and variety selection affected yields for each producer, but in this study, they only compared ridged-row systems and five-row raised-bed systems.

Results? The researchers found that using the flat-bed system increased yields by an average of 6 percent, even though 5 percent less water was used for irrigation-which meant that using flat beds instead of ridged rows for potato production led to a 12 percent increase in irrigation water use efficiency. They attribute these gains to several factors, especially the probability that planting potatoes in flat beds improves water- and nitrogen-use efficiency because more water reaches the potato roots.

These findings, which were published in 2011 in the American Journal of Potato Research, could help commercial farmers in Idaho and other states increase yields and profits, save valuable water resources, and reduce nitrate leaching. Idaho farmers who use a high level of irrigation water management-methods identified by NRCS that help producers monitor soil moisture needs, such as electronic moisture sensors and data loggers-in combination with the potato bed planter are now eligible for state funding.

The work could also create new opportunities for farmers who are looking for ways to increase production efficiencies in the cultivation of specialty potatoes for niche markets.

King concludes: "What's great about the results is that this is another example of where a conservation measure can also result in increased income."

 

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