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A genetically improved potato designed to have resistance to a devastating global plant disease has successfully come through the first year of field trials.The field trial conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich involves incorporating late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a cultivated Maris Piper…
Cavendish Farms has officially opened its new potato storage facility, which will mean the company can supply potatoes year-round.The new facility, says a statement, is 88,000 sq. ft. and has a refrigerated potato storage capacity of 48 million pounds. The facility is split into two separate buildings with each building…
In an effort to shine a light on the current status of herbicide resistance in Canada, Top Crop Manager (TCM) has launched the Herbicide Use Survey!As an industry leader providing up-to-date information and research, TCM is looking to gather input from producers across the country in order to develop a…
McCain Foods (Canada) has officially opened its new $65M state-of-the-art potato specialty production line, expanding the company's flagship potato processing facility in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick.The new 35,000 square foot McCain Foods potato specialty production line addition represents the largest capacity expansion investment in Canada in nearly 10 years. The investment…
A $25,000 Ignition Fund grant in 2016 helped Deep Roots Distillery owner Mike Beamish create a new line of buckwheat whiskey, which could have added benefit for area potato growers. "Buckwheat is beneficial to potato farmers especially as a rotation crop that aids in soil health and reduces certain pests –…
As the potato harvest kicks into high gear across the country, the general manager of United Potato Growers of Canada said there seems to be little in the way of surprises.As of the first week of October, Kevin MacIsaac estimated the PEI harvest was approximately 15-20 per cent complete. READ…
Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, says the lack of rain will take a toll on potato yields in parts of the province — particularly West Prince. Over the next week most growers across P.E.I. should start harvesting and storing potatoes, Donald said. Farmers will get a…
The Government of Prince Edward Island and the P.E.I. Potato Board are partnering with Island farmers to provide fresh produce to those affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma in Florida.A tractor trailer with more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce will leave Prince Edward Island for Georgia where it will…
Irving-owned Cavendish Farms is opening a new $360-million frozen potato-processing plant in Lethbridge, bringing about 400 jobs to southern Alberta.Company president Robert K. Irving said it is a big deal for agriculture in Alberta."Our business will grow from 6,000 acres of potatoes today, with our present land, up to over…
Digging early in the morning is fine, but the combination of high temperatures and humidity in the afternoon makes harvesting potatoes very risky. I have started digging the variety trials, and some of the new entries look promising. They all yield well, but I have had these varieties in trial…
The Japanese government has lifted an 11-year-old ban on importing fresh Idaho chipping potatoes, officials of the Idaho Potato Commission announced earlier in September.Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries imposed a ban on importing all U.S. chipping potatoes in April 2006 in response to the discovery of a quarantined…
Representatives of the potato industry had a chance recently to view some potential new varieties that could someday find their way into Island fields.Close to 50 industry representatives took the opportunity to take part in the annual Variety Day at Harrington Farm showcased potential entries for the Accelerated Release program…
A company started by six Mount Allison students sees a place for potato peels in furniture, flooring and ceiling tiles.Enviroot's goal is to reduce waste by using food remains, especially potato peelings, to make a safe material for use in the home.The company received a national business prize of $20,000…
From planting and digging potatoes to observing insects feeding on plants to learning about coloured spuds, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Fredericton Research and Development Centre opened its doors and wowed visitors with plenty to see and do.
The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key growth industry in Canada, contributing over $100 billion annually to the economy and employing 2.3 million Canadians.
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