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7/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Either theme-shaped as Easter bunnies, fish, football boots, or home-style snit, sticks, wedges, wave cuts, potatoes are increasingly getting "dressed up" for various occasions and the trend is here to stay. John Kadinger, market manager with Key Technology, gave us insights what entails to achieve special cuts. Although lines that produce straight, "regular" cuts are not very different from those delivering exotic cuts, a certain degree of equipment customization is required.

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7/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Research capacity in Alberta's potato industry will be significantly enhanced due to a $1 million investment in the University of Lethbridge by a consortium of association and industry partners. The U of L will receive the funds over five years from the Potato Growers of Alberta, McCain Foods, ConAgra Lamb Weston and Cavendish Farms to establish a chair in potato science. "Growers and processors identified a need to expand research in this critical field," says Terence Hochstein, the PGA's executive director. "There are only a handful of researchers dedicated to the discipline throughout Western Canada, and we expect this new chair will greatly enhance and complement the current capacity that exists." The university will immediately begin its search for a scientist with demonstrated experience in the potato industry. As well, the U of L will be seeking a researcher who is able to collaborate with producers and industry partners.

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7/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
A decline in overall potato consumption has Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeders working on "designer" spuds that meet the time constraints and unique tastes of a younger generation. Dr. Creighton Miller, AgriLife Research potato breeder from College Station, recently conducted the Texas A&M Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program field day at the farm of cooperator Bruce Barrett south of Springlake. "So what we are doing now is developing unique varieties that have a tendency to appeal to the younger set with high income who are willing to try something different," he said. "This has contributed to an increase in consumption of these types over the russets, which are still the standard."

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Check out the July 25th potato and tomato disease forecast at the link below.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Check out DSV and P-day accumulations for potatoes to July 25 from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Members of the produce industry are working to raise awareness of women's health in advance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Read more on what the industry is doing from this Packer article.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
As potato prices plummet and many sell their crops for a loss, some farmers are planting peas instead. "This is our first year planting peas. It's kind of an experiment for us," said Logan Hamilton, a Ririe farmer. Hamilton planted around 110 acres of peas earlier this year - initially as a rotation crop. "We'll go where the profit takes us. If it's more profitable to plant peas than potatoes, I mean, it's a good crop rotation it seems like ... why not?" said Hamilton. While peas are more commonly grown in northern and central Idaho, farmers say they aren't new to eastern Idaho.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
While local farmers are dealing with a recent report of disease in a local potato crop, they are joining researchers to figure out how to engineer the spuds to avoid such problems. It's serious business in Portage County, where more than a quarter of all Wisconsin potatoes are grown. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and other experts talked about those disease issues Tuesday during Potato Field Day at the Hancock Agricultural Research Station, a 412-acre vegetable crop study farm in central Wisconsin.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
New sales figures from the United States indicate that when it comes to bagged fresh potatoes, smaller package sizes are starting to sell big. Sales of bagged fresh potatoes under four pounds are up 17.8 percent from a year ago and a staggering 112 percent in the past ten years, according to data from AC Nielson Fresh Facts. "These new figures illustrate why retailers need to re-think their bagged fresh potato merchandising strategies with a greater emphasis on smaller package sizes." says John Pope of Houston-based MountainKing Potatoes.

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7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
OxiPhos, a broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide, is used to protect potatoes from pathogens such as Bacterial Soft Rot, Early Blight, Fusarium Tuber Rot, Silver Scurf, Pink Rot and Late Blight Tuber Rot. OxiPhos is a green chemistry composed of phosphorous acid and activated peroxide that is proven to yield powerful results. HOLDit, a deposition aid, strengthens the performance of BioSafe's peroxygen chemistries by creating a residual to allow a lengthier contact and kill time.

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