Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said the company is holding off allowing commercial growth of Innate potatoes in Canada until there's a proven market for them. | READ MORE
The company will add a baler and bagger system, allowing the company to move quickly between types of potatoes and various packaging sizes. This will increase the variety of potato products offered and potentially attract new consumers. | READ MORE
Steam peeling has for a long time been the most efficient method of removing skin from the surface of vegetables.The new Eco steam peeler is not only the fastest steam peeler; it is also the most efficient in the industry using 28 per cent less steam than other peelers of its type.
"We're into our second week of wet weather and really there's nothing being done at the present time," says Rodney Dingwell, chair of the P.E.I. Potato Board. | READ MORE
Fire Chief Jason Woodbury said workers at the farm spotted smoke coming from the roof of the 22,000 square foot structure, and traced it to a fire in the attic of the building. | READ MORE
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, through its Business Development Program, will provide Mid-Isle Farms of Albany with the repayable contribution. | READ MORE
Prince Edward Island potato farmer Alvin Keenan is leading a national lobbying group that represents more than 120 agricultural commodities in Canada.
"It's a huge industry," said the veteran farmer, adding the organization deals with any number of issues including trade marketing, industry standards, food safety, labour, temporary foreign workers, environment and more. | READ MORE
Early last year, a spud was planted in soil from Peru’s Pampas de La Joya desert, which boasts “the most Mars-like soils found on Earth,” according to NASA scientist Chris McKay. The experiment, sponsored by the International Potato Center (CIP), took place in a CubeSat built by Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) with guidance from NASA’s Ames Research Center. | READ MORE
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), an annual public awareness campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture, is running March 12-18. This year, organizers want to empower farm families with the information they need to help keep everyone safe on the farm while preserving the farming lifestyle. The campaign lasts for a week, but farm safety is important all year long. | READ MORE
Using a combination of traditional crop breeding techniques, as well as new and emerging technologies, here are Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's 2017 releases to the marketplace.
The accelerated Release 2017 (AR2017) available selections include entries for french fries, chips and the fresh market. Click on each selection number for description, picture and tables of performance and quality data.
French Fry Selection
Potato Selection AR2017-01 (CV08104-5) (A98345-1 x CO98067-7RU) French fry. Oblong to long selection with buff skin and white flesh; good French fry, cold (7 C) storage potential; extremely resistant to PVY
Potato Selection AR2017-02 (F12004) (Blazer Russet x Glacier Fryer) French fry. Long selection with buff skin and white flesh; good French fry, cold (7 C) storage potential; moderate resistance to scab
Potato Selection AR2017-03 (F12011) (F99028 x ND699-13) French fry. Oblong selection with light russet skin and white flesh; good French fry, cold (7 C) storage potential; resistant to scab
Potato Selection AR2017-04 (F12064) (Red Island x Goldrus) Fresh Market, French Fry. Oval to oblong selection with red skin, light yellow flesh; high yield potential; good dual purpose quality scores (Fresh market/ French fry-wedges); resistant to PVY
Potato Selection AR2017-05 (F12043) (F00016 x King Harry) Fresh Market, Chip. Round selection with white skin and cream flesh; good boil, bake and chip scores; resistant to PVY, extremely resistant to PVX, moderate resistance to scab
Fresh Market Selections
Potato Selection AR2017-06 (F12008) (Defender x F87070) Fresh Market. Long selection with russet skin and white flesh; high yield potential; good boil and bake scores; resistant to late blight, resistant to PVY, carries a marker associated with resistance to golden nematode
Potato Selection AR2017-07 (F12022) (Innovator x F99047) Fresh Market. Oblong selection with russet skin and light yellow flesh; high yield potential; good boil and bake scores; resistant to scab, indication of moderate resistance to late blight
Potato Selection AR2017-08 (F12024) (A11197-02 x Redsen) Fresh Market. Round selection with smooth red skin and white flesh; high tuber set; fair boil and bake scores; extremely resistant to PVX, indication of resistance to late blight, moderate resistance to scab
Potato Selection AR2017-09 (F12031) (AT12897-17 x Redsen) Fresh Market. Oval selection with dark red skin, white flesh, good boil and bake scores; resistant to PVY, extremely resistant to PVX
Potato Selection AR2017-10 (F12035) (A11197-02 x Rochdale Gold- Dorée) Fresh Market. Round selection with light yellow skin, white flesh; good boil and bake scores; resistant to PVY, moderate resistance to scab
Potato Selection AR2017-11 (F12041) (Chieftain x Rochdale Gold- Dorée) Fresh Market. Round to oval selection with red skin, light yellow flesh; high yield potential; good boil and bake scores; extremely resistant to PVX, moderate resistance to scab
Potato Selection AR2017-12 (F12044) (F00016 x Redsen) Fresh Market. Round selection with smooth red skin and white flesh; very high yield potential; good boil and bake scores; indication of moderate resistance to late blight
Potato Selection AR2017-13 (F12049) (King Harry x Redsen) Fresh Market. Round selection with smooth red skin and white flesh; good boil and fair bake scores; resistant to scab and to PVX
Potato Selection AR2017-14 (F12060) (V0498-9 x V07025-3) Fresh Market. Round to oval selection with smooth red skin and white flesh; good boil and bake scores; extremely resistant to PVX, carries a marker associated with resistance to golden nematode, moderately resistant to defoliation by Colorado potato beetle
Potato Selection AR2017-15 (F12061) V0498-9 x V07025-3) Fresh Market. Round to oval selection with smooth red skin and white flesh; high yield potential, high tuber set; good boil and bake scores; resistant to PVX, carries a marker associated with resistance to golden nematode, indication of moderate resistance to late blight, moderately resistant to defoliation by Colorado potato beetle
EDMONTON - A group examining applying employment standards to Alberta's agriculture sector recommends that farm workers should not get overtime pay. The Employment Standards Technical Working Group has been reviewing the standards to see how it could apply to farm and ranch workers.
The group says standards around pay, employment records, job-protected leaves and termination notice should apply to workers. However, it recommends having no set hours of work or breaks and no overtime. It recommends that non-family employees get four days off every 28 days, at the employer's discretion. The group says family members who are employed at farms and ranches should be exempt from all employment standards.
"The application of standards would be impractical and unfeasible, as well as burdensome without providing any benefit," the group recommends in a report released Monday. The group says non-family workers aged 12 and 13 should be allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. For non-family workers under 16, the work must "not be detrimental to health, education, or welfare and parental consent must be obtained by employers." It suggests sufficient time be allowed to phase in changes and sessions be offered to teach farm owners about the employment standards.
Another recommendation was that non-family workers under 16 be paid 75 per cent of the minimum wage rate, but that was not agreed to by the whole group. The government said Albertans have until April 3 to give feedback on the recommendations. Alberta passed legislation that took effect in January 2016 to include farm and ranch workers in general occupational health and safety rules. The changes contained in that legislation ignited protests at the legislature and threats to Premier Rachel Notley and some of her cabinet.
An invention called a "humigator" is helping potato growers across the U.S. have yearlong control over their potatoes. Its primary function is to clean the air of potato storage sites. By doing so, the pathogens known for inflicting diseases like silver scurf and black dot disease are taken out. | READ MORE
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2017 Potato Scouts IPM Training SessionTue May 30, 2017 @ 9:30AM - 03:00PM
Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Induction CeremonySun Jun 11, 2017
Potato Research DayWed Aug 09, 2017
Ontario Potato Field DayThu Aug 17, 2017
Summit on Canadian Soil HealthTue Aug 22, 2017
Canada's Outdoor Farm ShowTue Sep 12, 2017