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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
Prince Edward Island Potato Board general manager Greg Donald says it's frustrating that the offer of a $100,000 reward in the case involving needles found in Prince Edward Island spuds last fall has resulted in no leads. The discovery of sewing needles, both in potatoes shipped out of province and in french fries at a potato processing plant has resulted in the voluntary disposal of more than 100,000 pounds of processed and raw product and raised concerns about food safety.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
Allied Potato Inc., a premier grower and distributor of chipping potatoes in conjunction with Frost Potato Co-Op are proud to announce their new Chipperbec™ branded chipping potatoes for foodservice operators and processors across the country. "The 2015 fresh potato harvest has just started in California and the quality of our new Chipperbec™ branded potatoes is looking excellent." said Matt Hornbuckle, Chipperbec™ expert and sales manager.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
TNA, the packaging and processing solutions provider, announces the appointment of Tim Reardon as its new group solutions manager - processing for the Americas. Based at FOODesign's North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon, Tim will head up the groups' processing solutions across the region which includes patented processing technology from FOODesign and Florigo, both tna companies. Specialising in FOODesign's portfolio of processing equipment, Tim will support sales teams as they provide customers a complete line of start-to-finish solutions.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
Potandon Produce L.L.C., the exclusive marketing agent for Pinto Creek Co., LLC in Eloy, Arizona, announced today that its fresh potato season will begin on Monday May 4th, 2015. This year, consumer bags will be shipper with a redesigned "Grown in Arizona" Quik-Lok tag. Bernie Pavlock, Business Development Director with Potandon stated, "Our Arizona customers enthusiastically responded to the local call-out, and with so many consumers asking about the origins of their food, it made perfect sense to move ahead with this program nationally." Growing conditions have been very good this year and production is ahead of schedule. Red potatoes will start next week, with yellow and mini potato varieties getting started about mid-month. These new crop potatoes will also be available in Idaho Falls at the Potandon distribution facility about one week after the scheduled start dates. Pinto Creek is a PRIMUS certified facility with a full-time Quality Assurance person on-site daily. The packing facility has seen steady improvement over the past five years, by adding a new storage facility to state of the art grading and sizing equipment. The Pinto Creek team commitment to excellence has elevated their status to one of the premier red potato packing sheds in the country.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
The recently released outcomes from an in-market Supply Chain Analysis of Malaysia and Thailand demonstrate the potential for the development of a collaborative export marketing model for the South Australian potato industry. The state is the nation's largest producer, with farm gate production worth more than $206 million.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
The Federal Office for the Environment in Switzerland says scientists can carry out crop trials involving genetically modified (GM) potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable's biggest threat - late blight - at a site near Zurich. It announced on Tuesday that teams from the Agroscope research centre would be allowed to start planting the potatoes from next week at its site at Reckenholz, near Zurich. The GM field experiments should run until 2019 at the latest. GM trials remain controversial in Switzerland, however. The field will be protected by security guards, fences and cameras.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
Early warm season vegetables such as tomatoes and watermelons require protection when transplanted in April. This Weekly Crop Update includes some consideration for these early plantings.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
Each year we see problems with low bed pH under plastic mulch. This can result in a range of problems including poor growth, manganese toxicities, calcium and magnesium deficiencies, poor fruit quality, increased water stress, and increased blossom end rot. Read more on the importance of balance pH before laying plastic mulch from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
As soon as plants emerge, be sure to sample fields for Colorado potato beetle adults, especially if an at-planting material was not used. The first emerged adults can now be found. A treatment should not be needed for adults until you find 25 beetles per 50 plants and defoliation has reached the 10% level

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4/23/2015 12:00:00 AM
The Arizona Department of Agriculture has expanded its citrus quarantine in parts of Maricopa and Yavapai counties as the state continues to try to stop the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid. Read more on the expanded quarantine from this Packer story.

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