LaBrie Maine red potatoes

August 14
Late-summer potato crop progress reports from around the U.S.

Harvest 2019 is right around the corner for the major potato-producing regions in the northern United States. Here are a few reports from around the country. In Idaho, below average temperatures, and even some frost, have caused problems for growe... more

Spudkins Fry Cuts

August 14
Calbee adds new potato snack: Spudkins Fry Cuts

Calbee North America recently announced the launch of a new potato snack — Spudkins Fry Cuts. They are made from russet potatoes and come in three flavors: Honey Barbecue, Yellow Cheddar and Sour Cream & Onion. “We're excited to leverage C... more

Rantizo drone spraying buckwheat

August 14
Rantizo drone spraying receives approval in Minnesota, Nebraska

Rantizo received approval for agricultural drone spraying in three more Midwest states this week, bringing the total to five. In addition to Iowa and Wisconsin, Rantizo, based in Iowa City, has now received approval in Illinois, Minnesota and Nebrask... more

Irving Farms whites

August 12
Maine crop coming into form, in spite of dry conditions

Like most potato-growing regions of the U.S., a wet spring caused planting delays in Aroostook County, Maine. As the calendar turned to summer, conditions turned arid, which has become the norm in recent years for the area. “It has been dry,” ... more

August 12
Marrone Bio acquires Finnish seed treatment and fertilizer company

Marrone Bio Innovations, a sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions company, announced Aug. 8 that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Pro Farm Technologies OY. The move will increase Marrone Bio’s market shar... more

GroupAg Forte Humidifiers

August 12
Idaho-based GroupAg now offering Forte Humidifiers

GroupAg, based in Rexburg, Idaho, is now offering Forte Humidifiers and misters to service the potato industry. The units have been designed to produce a superior quality fog or fine mist, making it easier to achieve an ideal storage humidity level w... more

August 12
U.S. potatoes to Europe: NPC requests leveling of playing field

The National Potato Council (NPC) wants to piggyback on an Office of the U.S. Trade Representative action to level the trade playing field between the U.S. and European Union regarding large civil aircraft. In an Aug. 2 letter to U.S. Trade Repres... more

August 6
USDA seeking nominees for National Potato Promotion Board

The USDA is seeking nominees to fill 73 producer and importer member seats on the National Potato Promotion Board. The nominating process will conclude Aug. 15, 2019. USDA will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms expire Feb. 29, 2020. ... more

August 6
Lamb Weston selects new chief supply chain officer

Lamb Weston Holdings has named Gerardo Scheufler as its new senior vice president and chief supply chain officer, beginning Aug. 12, 2019. He replaces Rick Martin, who is retiring. Scheufler brings more than 25 years of supply chain experience to ... more


August 2
P-Pod system could advance storage monitoring of potatoes

For both fresh and processed potato sectors the industry relies on storage for several months. Losses during storage are high, with estimated storage losses of 10% and frequently higher. In Europe, the industry is facing a particular challenge wit... more

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