Sustainability
A sixth-generation farmer from Malden, N.B. has found a market for potatoes too small to sell to grocery stores.

Blue Roof Distillers is the first Canadian farm-to-bottle distillery making vodka from potatoes.

The family used to donate the tiny taters from its 350-acre farm to local cattle farmers for feed or sell them to a dehydration plant that would turn them into potato flakes.

But an oversupply of small potatoes meant the dehydration plant's prices were low, so the family needed a new business venture, says Devon Strang. For the full story, click here

Published in Markets and Marketing
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 – and as it happens, it makes a very fine whiskey," said Beamish, who is hosting the 2017 Ignition Fund award ceremony at Deep Roots Distillery. To read the full story, click here.
Published in News
In September, potato storage began in the Netherlands. Many crops, including potatoes, are harvested. These potatoes are then stored for several months.

A new atomiser, specifically for sprout inhibitors during this 'storage period', has been designed.

The atomiser, known as the Synofog, uses a new technique - electro-thermal atomisation. The advantage of this new piece of apparatus is that it does not have an open flame. This ensures its safe use with all kinds of sprout inhibitors. READ MORE
Published in Technology
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 pest, the pale cyst nematode, in a small area of Eastern Idaho.

Trade was restored with other U.S. chipping potato states about a year later, but restrictions on Idaho were left in place.

This spring, IPC officials said Japanese chip makers experienced a shortage following a poor domestic harvest and had to stop selling some products. Japan will continue to exclude any Idaho chipping potatoes from Bonneville and Bingham counties, which encompass the PCN quarantine area. READ MORE
Published in News
The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) recently held an AgriWorkforce Roundtable to discuss challenges and possible solutions to address the critical agricultural labour shortage in Canada.
Published in Business Management

July 27, 2016, Prince Edward Island – While some areas on P.E.I. got a thorough soaking over the weekend, others are still thirsty for moisture. Water levels are still low in some areas of the province, reports CBC. | READ MORE

Published in Crop Protection

Seed potato pieces are at risk of invasion by pathogens that can cause serious emergence and stand problems. Liquid seed-piece treatments are a fairly new option for dealing with some of these pathogens. Dr. Gary Secor, a plant pathologist at North Dakota State University, offers potato growers a set of best management practices (BMPs) for these liquid treatments.

Published in Crop Protection

Dr. Pam Hutchinson found that greatest injury to the Ranger Russet mother crop was from glyphosate applied at hooking. No injury was found at the mid-bulking stage.. Phot courtesy of Dr. Pam Hutchinson.

Published in Crop Protection

November 25, 2014, Toronto, Ont – Ontario is taking action to strengthen bird, bee, butterfly and other pollinator health to ensure healthy ecosystems, a productive agricultural sector, and a strong economy.

Published in Crop Protection

Applying phosphorous acid post-harvest may prevent the spread of disease in storage. Photo courtesy of Steven Johnson.

Published in Crop Protection

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