News

July 13
Fall Potato Acreage Up 2 Percent from 2005

Area planted to fall potatoes for 2006 is estimated at 990,500 acres, up 2 percent from last year but 5 percent below 2004, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


June 29
PEI Potato Buydown Numbers Released

Close to 8,500 acres were accepted in the 2006 Potato Acreage Buydown Program in Prince Edward Island, which had an application deadline of May 1.


June 14
June Potato Stocks Down 23 Percent from Last Year

The 13 major potato states held 40 million cwt. of potatoes in storage June 1, down 23 percent from last year and 13 percent below June 1, 2004, for comparable states, according to the USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


June 14
Potato Cyst Nematode Traced to Single Idaho Field

Scientists looking for evidence of potato cyst nematode in Idaho confirmed the presence of the pest in one eastern Idaho field. The confirmation was made June 13.


May 22
Potato Blight Hotlines Open

Potato blight hotlines in key potato-growing regions are once again available to growers.


May 16
May Potato Stocks Down 17 Percent from 2005

The 13 major potato states held 73 million cwt. of potatoes in storage May 1, down 17 percent from last year and 14 percent below May 1, 2004, for comparable states, according to USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


April 27
Mexico, Japan Join Canada In Shipping Restrictions on Some U.S. Potatoes

Canada and Mexico have closed their doors to shipments of fresh Idaho potatoes, and Japan has stopped all fresh shipments of U.S. potatoes after a potato cyst nematode was found on an eastern Idaho farm, according to the North American Potato Market News.


April 21
Canada Temporarily Suspends Potato Shipments from Idaho

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has implemented a temporary prohibition on the import of all potatoes and soil from Idaho due to the detection of Potato Cyst Nematode.


April 19
United, IFPA Announce Intent to Merge

The United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and the International Fresh-cut Produce Association announced Wednesday that they intend to merge, to be called United Fresh Produce Association upon completion of the merger.


April 13
April Potato Stocks Down 11 Percent from 2005

The 13 major potato states held 114 million cwt. of potatoes in storage April 1, down 11 percent from last year and 9 percent below April 1, 2004, storage for comparable states, according to USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.



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