Potatoes and Onions

North Dakota potato production may be down 28%
United States Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) is estimating only 64,000 out of 80,000 planted potato acres in North Dakota will be harvested. Potato production is forecast at 19.8 million hundredweight (cwt.), down 28 per cent from last year.NASS estimates the.....

40 pages of potato news
Bayerische Kartoffel is bringing out their own magazine
The potato is the one of the most popular foods in Germany, with 58 kilograms per head. For many, potatoes are an integral part of their diet. Exciting stories, interesting facts and tricky children's puzzles are all included in the new magazine by Bayerische Kartoffel.Cold or warm, mashed, fried or just the.....

First crop of new potato variety to be unveiled at festival
The Maine Potato Board says a new variety of potato will be available to consumers at the upcoming Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor. The new potato is called the Caribou Russet and it was first announced last spring.The potato board says the commercial seed has been developed, planted and harvested, and the.....


Digital sorters launched for specialty potato products
Key Technology introduces VERYX® digital sorters for potato strips and specialty potato products. Featuring an innovative mechanical architecture, sustainable all-sided surface inspection, unique multi-sensor Pixel Fusion™, the highest resolution cameras and laser sensors on a digital sorter, intelligent.....


Sweet potato production is on the rise
U.S. production of sweet potatoes has increased substantially in recent years, achieving a new record-high of 3.1 billion pounds in 2015—a 4.8- percent increase over 2014’s 3.0 billion pounds.The largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States is North Carolina which harvested 1.6 billion pounds in.....

Third automatic high-rack storage for freezer specialists Agristo
Agristo, the pre-fried and frozen potato goods manufacturer, is cooperating with Egemin Automation for the third time in a row with the construction of its new, fully automated, high-bay, frozen food storage. The new warehouse is being built on a 25-hectare site in Wielsbeke, Belgium, where Agristo has also.....

Philippines: ''Gov't should protect onion farmers''
On Sunday 20 Nov., governor of Nueva Ecija, Czarina Cherry Umali, called on the national government to ensure that onion farmers are protected and not be left to the mercy of traders or the erratic movement of supply and demand in the market. Umali was reacting to reports that a shortage of onions has been.....

Yields back ‘close to 10%’
Ireland: Potato harvest wraps up
Ireland's potato harvest is more or less complete for another year and yields are expected to be back close to 10%, according to IFA Potato Committee Chairman Eddie Doyle. The majority of potato farmers across the country will have the crop harvested by now, thanks to ideal harvest conditions over the last.....

Two-day Scottish tour
The science behind the potato seed
AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation headed to see the science behind potato seeds on a two-day Scottish tour earlier this month. The group explored pre-basic minituber production on the first morning – the start of the process for the entire £4.8 billlion potato industry in Great Britain.Virtually all seed potato.....


Chayenne Wiskerke, Wiskerke Onions:
NL: “Export is good, but we should not glut their markets”
The onion export figures have been decent up till now. In week 43, Dutch exporters managed sales of 27,588 tonnes. “From week 27 we have had an average export of 21,600 tonnes. We have rarely exported such a large volume in this period,” says Chayenne Wiskerke from Wiskerke Onions. Yet this also has a.....


Lack of supply at a high demand drives value of HZPC certificates
The value of the certificate of HZPC Holding B.V. (“HZPC”), a leader in potato breeding and seed potato trade, was determined at €150.60 at the biannual stock trading day. This stock trading day 5,447 certificates were traded, this is only 0.7% of the total number of 783,725 available certificates.Gerard.....


Winter promotions entice shoppers with potato dishes for the holidays
Fresh Solutions Network announces its new winter promotions that will inspire shoppers to purchase potato side dishes by providing them with innovate ideas on how to serve the popular American tradition during the holiday and winter season.“Approximately 240 million pounds of potatoes are consumed during.....

Record harvest for Canada's potato growers
Manitoba potato growers harvested, on average, a record 348 hundredweight (cwt) an acre this fall, up eight per cent from the previous record of 322 cwt set last year.However, it’s not all good news, Keystone Potato Growers Association manager Dan Sawat­zky told the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ advisory.....

China: Farmer sells 32 tons of potatoes in one night
A potato farmer from Qinghai, found himself stranded in Shenzhen with 32 tons of potatoes. His situation attracted so much attention on social media that he cleared his produce in one night. The 60-year-old man, surnamed Ma, went to Shenzhen hoping to make money from his potatoes.Qinghai potatoes sell for.....


'Ultimate Chip' launched in the UK
Farm Frites has announced the arrival of the Ultimate Chip in the United Kingdom. This French fry is launched as the Dutch manufacturer of frozen and chilled potato products celebrates 25 years of operating in the UK.Farm Frites' Ultimate Chip intends to offer an authentic, high quality accompaniment side.....

India: Ag dept steps in to help with onion sales
In Hyderabad, the Agriculture and Marketing department is trying to arrange alternative measures for supplying onions to the population.According to Agriculture Secretary C Parthasarathi, the state government took alternative measures for onion sale transactions in the markets. On Thursday, along with.....


New Patata Lombarda brand
F.lli Torti S.r.l, specialising in the processing and commercialisation of potatoes and onions, is happy to announce that the new "Patata Lombarda" brand will be available as of 14th November 2016.This new product range was developed in partnership with a leading retailer and will make its debut in 1.5.....

Kenya to import Scottish seed potatoes
A new bilateral trade agreement should mean Scottish seed potatoes will soon be found growing on Kenyan farms. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, who announced the trade deal at AgriScot, said the potential market demand for Scottish seed tatties in Kenya was significant.“Kenya grows around 160,000.....


Peruvian potato to be the star of APEC Peru 2016 Gala Dinner
The Peruvian native potato will be the star of the Gala Dinner to be prepared for Leaders and senior officials from the 21 APEC member economies in Lima, Peru.According to Peru's second Vice-President Mercedes Araoz, the APEC Economic Week's closing ceremony will be a good opportunity for guests to learn.....


Sainsbury’s new packaging stops spuds going green
A new range of opaque and breathable packaging, designed to help potatoes last longer is being launched by UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's. The packaging should help reduce food waste as households throw away £230million worth of spuds a year, making it the most commonly wasted vegetable.The new packaging.....

Export of French potatoes to Spain and Belgium increased
Export of French fresh potatoes reached 57.365 tons in September, with an increased flow towards Spain and Belgium, whilst export to Italy has reduced. Long-distance exports include Indonesia.Click here for the Fiwap report


Italy: Good potato season
"The potato season has gone well regarding both quality and yields, which are superior to 2015," reportsAntonio Ruggiero; a company that produces and commercialises around 100 thousand tons of potatoes and carrots every year."The low yields registered abroad (harvesting is still ongoing in Northern Europe.....

“Tensions on potato market will remain for the entire season”
Tensions on the potato market will remain for now. The harvest is as good as over by now, but quality is not always good and is very inconsistent. “One batch is not the same as the next. For example, the potatoes regularly have growth cracks or green. Besides, part of the harvest has a high starch content,.....

How the fresh produce industry is coping with the rupee restrictions
The removal of 500 and 1000 rupee notes on November 9 came as a huge shock and has affected all of those involved in the fresh produce industry, as India is still a largely cash based society. The move has hit apple exporters in Kashmir and has caused seed potato prices to crash, but it has also seen Tiruchi.....


Sweet potato grower and exporter invests $5m in new packing house
In North Carolina a new storage and packing house is built. Farm Fresh Produce invested $5m in this facility, which is in line with expansion plans. Even though the construction was delayed due to hurricane Matthew that hit North Carolina recently, everything is going as planned according to the company’s.....

Sour year for sweet potato growers
North Carolina leads the US in sweet potato production. This year, farmers there have had it tough due to bad weather, including Hurricane Matthew in October. Fortunately, half of the sweet potato crop was harvested before the storm. However, some losses may not be known until the crop is in storage.The 4th.....


Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:
“Good demand for onions, but mostly from the same quarter”
“There is good demand for onions, but mostly from the same quarter. Africa currently buys many onions. Senegal, Mauritania and Ivory Coast are keeping the export motor running, supplemented by destinations such as Central America and the Far East. Conspicuous by their absence are European destinations,.....

Dutch harvest estimated at 3.3 MT
Last week, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) estimated the harvest at 3.3 MT (million tons), the same as in 2015. For a number of experts, this estimation is too optimistic and most agree that the harvest in 2016, although the land surface is up by 2%, will be lower than in 2015. Click here for the.....


Prize-winning sweet potato weighs over 33 kg
On November 5, the second sweet potato festival was opened near Rizhao city in Shandong province. The event was in three sections: First is the competition for the largest sweet potato, then there is the competition for peeling the sweet potato and third is the competition for preparing it in the Nanhu local.....

India: Potato prices high due to short supply
Despite a fresh crop arriving at the Vashi wholesale market, retail prices of potatoes have failed to decline. Traders say that there is shortfall of around 30% and this is due to scant supply from West Bengal, the second largest producer of the staple. The city receives potatoes, mainly from West Bengal and.....


UK: Seed producer receives British Potato Industry award
Jim Cruickshank OBE, one of the most well respected seed producers in the UK, is this year’s winner of the British Potato Industry Award, organised by AHDB Potatoes. Presented to individuals for their outstanding contribution to the industry, Jim is the 20th winner of this prestigious honour.Announcing the.....

China: Onion price slightly up
Currently, the price of onions in the North of China is very cheap overall. Perhaps because some vendors have a different timing to bring in their goods and a different quality, both low and high prices are found for onions. But in the main onion producing region of Gansu, the purchasing price of yellow.....


Province now eligible to export to Thailand
Alberta seed potato acreage may increase
It’s early days yet but the agreement reached on October 31, that now allows Alberta to export to Thailand, is not expecting any challenges for its seed potatoes. “We are looking forward to developing a relationship with Thailand to get our seed over there,” said Deb Hart, Seed Potato Coordinator for.....


Skinny potato program aims to help the Russet market
“We are extremely excited about the launch of our new Skinny potato product this coming January,” says Scott McDulin - Vice President of Marketing/Retail Sales with Schmieding Produce. After New Year, everybody wants to focus on health. According to research from PaleoLeap, the average weight gain between.....


Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes from specialty to mainstream
Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes are having their day in the sun with foodies and trendsetters. From oatmeal add-ins to replacing bread for “toast,” savvy shoppers are looking for more than just orange sweet potatoes to add nutritional value and color to their meals. Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes, exclusively.....

Sweet potato growers struggle to save crop from weevil
Hawaii Island sweet potato growers are struggling to protect their crops from an invasive insect that makes harvests unmarketable. In fact, the level of harm caused by the rough sweet potato weevil is severe enough that some farmers are abandoning their crops altogether.“One grower had two fairly good-sized.....


High performance washer for root crops from stony soil launched
Recently delivered to its first customer, the new Haith Tri-Wash is a high-performance process washer for root vegetables, specifically designed for growers wanting increased efficiency where crops are lifted on soils with high stone contents.Featuring a Direct Drive Brush Washer, formatted as a bed of.....


Acrylamide formation depends on cultivar and frying temperature
Choosing the right potato cultivar is an important step to reduce acrylamide formation. Some cultivars are more suitable than others to make chips thanks to their size, shape and low-reducing sugar content. The composition of raw potatoes is a primary factor in acrylamide formation, followed by the frying.....

Arie van Baalen, River Onions:
"Usually, everyone is happy with this price for onions"
The new onion season started a few weeks ago. “We have been quite busy with the export to Indonesia, especially the export of yellow onions. Further, there is a normal demand from England,” says Arie van Baalen of River Onions from Backel. “Moreover, the demand for red onions has been increasing slowly. We.....

Banned Maharashtra onions enter Pakistan via Bangladesh
Onions from Maharashtra are finding their way to Pakistan despite a ban by Islamabad on its export, as the commodity travels to the neighbouring nation via Bangladesh through the West Bengal route, a state minister said on November 9.The West Bengal market is the biggest exporter of onions, sourced from.....


France: Weird potato campaign
It looks like is going to be a weird campaign in France, as volumes are lacking and prices could be quite high."We hoped volumes would be good due to the increase in cultivated areas, but the weather affected yields and quality," explains Emmauelle Lorriaux fromTop Pom."More produce goes to waste and, in.....


Horticulturist awarded patent for mutant sweet potato
CX-1 is a patented sweet potato growing beneath the soil in North Charleston that’s good for making chips and could be used as an alternative energy source.CX-1 might not be the sort of brand name that gets you excited about the awesome power of sweet potatoes, but that’s what this ugly root has been named.....

Nepal: Drought slashes potato output
This year, potato production in Dolakha - a district in Nepal severely affected by the 2015 earthquakes - has dropped sharply due to a prolonged winter drought. The drop in output has occurred when farmers in the district had been preparing to brand their products.Potato is a major crop in Dolakha district,.....


Part 2
Onion storing & drying options
Last week, we published an article on the best ways to harvest and store onions, this week we will look at a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of various drying methods.Drying with just outside air without heatersThis is clear, it doesn’t work in the Netherlands' climate. With the differences in.....

UK's biggest crisp maker hikes prices, post-Brexit
A bag of Walker crisps is set to rise by 10 percent as the company says the slump in the value of the pound after the vote to leave the European Union had pushed up its manufacturing costs.A standard bag of salt and vinegar or cheese and onion flavor crisps, as they are known in Britain, will typically.....

P.E.I. potato harvest wrapping up
Recent wet weather has meant that some Prince Edward Island potato farmers have had to wait longer than usual to finish their harvest. Greg Donald, general manager of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, told CBC News, that farmers usually plan to finish their harvest by the end of October.This fall.....

Dutch launch ''Potato Valley''
In the north of the Netherlands, farmers and researchers have joined forces in a new platform to future proof the potato. The alliance, named 'Potato Valley', targets the 800 potato growers in Groningen and Friesland.Most of these are seed potato growers, but potatoes for consumption and the food industry.....

India: District sets potato and onion farming targets
In the Sundargarh district in the state of Odisha, a target of 2000 hectares of potatoes and 1000 ha of onions has been set to increase availability of the commodities there.The distribution of seed potato has been underway since October 26 while onion seedlings are being raised at nurseries. But farmers are.....

Industry urged to keep fungal disease at bay
UK: Seed potato exports to increase this year
The UK farming industry has promised work closely with the seed potato sector and the government to ensure that the industry maintains a low level of the fungal disease blackleg. Speaking at the Seed Industry event in St Andrew’s, Scotland, AHDB Potatoes Strategy Director, Rob Clayton, said that while there.....


Mahindra HZPC opens its miniature tuber lab in Mohali, India
Last week, MHZPC, a 60/40 joint venture between Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited (MASL) and HZPC Holding BV, started a new, particularly modern, miniature tuber laboratory in Mohali, located in the vicinity of the city of Chandigarh in Punjab, Northern India. This facility has been opened by Mr Stoelinga,.....

Spain: Alava's potatoes are adapting to new times
Alava's potatoes are adapting to new times and preparing for a future which, in many cases, is already present. It is doing so by aiming to meet new consumption habits, with young people increasingly demanding more ready-to-eat products. The company Paturpat, created under the umbrella of Alava's.....


India: Aeroponics facility to provide top quality seed potatoes
MHZPC, a 60:40 JV of Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited (MASL) and HZPC, inaugurated its modern and state-of-the-art Aeroponic facility in Mohali on November 4. The facility was inaugurated by Alphonsus Stoelinga, the Honourable Ambassador of the Netherlands in the presence of Ashok Sharma, MD & CEO-MASL.....

Thailand: Deputy governor up in arms about potato farming
Deputy governor of Phetchabun province, Kraisorn Kongchalar, has stepped up his campaign against potato contract farming in Thailand, urging consumers not to buy chips from an unnamed producer.In the post, he referred to a report and expressed concerns about its impacts on the environment and how the company.....

India: Minister asks Centre to help buy 53,000 tonnes of onions
Marketing minister, T Harish Rao, has asked the Union minister of agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh, to help procure 53,000 tonnes of onions at Rs 8 per kg for the state of Telangana. In a letter written to Radha Mohan Singh on Friday 4 Nov., Rao said the onion farmers incurred heavy losses, due to a glut of.....


Part 1
What are the best ways to harvest and store onions?
At the approach of the harvest season, there’s always a lot of discussion about the best ways of harvesting and storing onions. What are the risks? Precisely which method should you use to dry them? Heaters or condensation dryers? What temperature?Evert Steenge (Onion adviser) and Huub Kasius (AgroVent BV),.....

Germany: Bundesrat changes import regulation for consumption potatoes
The German Bundesrat accepted the changed agricultural import regulation on 26 October, 2016. The core element is the new import regulation for consumption potatoes. From 2018, the import quota shares of the import quota consumption potatoes (6,500 tonnes) will be distributed, half at auction and the other.....

Bangladesh: Potato prices spike, despite record output
Record potato production has created a surplus of the commodity in Bangladesh, yet the prices of potato have significantly increased in a week. A blame game is taking place among cold storage owners, traders and retailers over the price volatility, but market observers are pointing the finger at the.....

UK: Albert Bartlett to launch new varieties at Waitrose
Albert Bartlett is launching two new year-round potato varieties at Waitrose this week. The new potato types, grown exclusively by the Lincolnshire-based producer, are suitable for both baking or roasting, according to the firm – but this is where the similarity ends.Elfe potatoes, which are available at.....

Russia and Egypt discuss the supply of potatoes
A delegation of Russian experts in the field of agriculture and pest control has visited Egypt to discuss the supply to Russia of Egyptian potatoes, fruits and vegetables with the head of the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, Issam Fayyid.The Russian delegation arrived in Cairo on Tuesday; the visit program.....

German potato export figures look good
German export has been very good so far this season: 149.000 t exported to the Netherlands (18.000 t last year) and 30.000 t to Belgium (6.000 t last year), and this is just for the month of August.As fields are empied and warehouses are filled, buyers will have to pay a few extra euros to get the precious.....

China: Online sales provide a boost for farmers
Farmer, Hao Jinde, sold his potatoes, over 500 kilograms of them, for 600 yuan (US$88). Instead of setting up a stall on the street, this year Hao sold them to a store belonging to an online shopping platform in his village in Jingle County, a potato growing region in north China’s Shanxi Province.“Compared.....


Heero Gramsma, Nedato:
“Tight potato market after busy harvesting period”
Although the drought resulted in very challenging harvesting circumstances, by now the potatoes have practically all been grubbed up. “An enormous amount has been harvested in a short time. Remarkably, that did not cause pressure on the market, so apparently the majority is in storage,” concludes Heero.....


UK: 15 people found in chilled potato lorry
On Tuesday 1 November, 15 suspected illegal immigrants, among them a baby and two children, were found in a chilled potato truck, reports the BBC. The discovery was made at the Albert Bartlett factory in Worstead, a site formerly owned by Heinz.The Home Office has confirmed the driver of the truck has been.....

Onions from Rio Negro had a good return
The onion season brought more than $2 million to the town of Lamarque, in the department of Avellaneda, Rio Negro, where there is a facility to produce and package onions. As a result, mayor Sergio Hernandez met with businessmen in recent days to promote garlic production.According to data from the.....

Peruvian garlic can enter Ecuador, but not onions
Ecuador's National Customs Service (SENAE) rectified and clarified in a press release, that the country was allowing imports of Peruvian garlic but not of Peruvian onions. Ecuador had asked Peru's National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA) to coordinate corrective measures as some pests had been detected.....

Argentina: Misiones starts onion production
The Ministry of Agriculture and the Production from Mission are accompanying producers in the onion planting and harvesting stages in Misiones. Last week, the Undersecretary of Development and Production Plant, engineer Yaco Mazal, and his technical team toured the area of Jardín America.In their tour, they.....

Three provinces now eligible to export
Thailand now accepting Alberta seed potatoes
Alberta has become the third Canadian province from which seed potato growers are eligible to export to Thailand. On Monday 31 Oct., Federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, announced a new export agreement by which Thailand will accept imports of seed potatoes produced in Alberta.“Alberta has a very.....


New solutions and markets are needed to tackle onion glut
Nothing will change much on the onion market until the end of the year. All European producers, Italy included, have already started selling the produce stored in refrigerated units. Austria and Germany are the only ones still selling fresh produce.These two are selling their onions at particularly low.....

USDA deregulates new Innate potato varieties
The USDA has deregulated the Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties of the second generation of Innate biotech potatoes, developed by the Simplot Co. These varieties join the Innate second-generation Russet Burbank potato, which was deregulated in 2015.The second generation of Innate potatoes contains four.....

Peru: World Potato Congress in tandem with ALAP congress
The World Potato Congress (WPC) has announced that the dates for the 10th World Potato Congress, to be held in the beautiful historic city of Cusco, Peru, have been finalized. The event will take place from May 27 - 31.Consultation between WPC and the Peruvian Host Committee is ongoing and we are confident.....


Side Delights® Potatoes launches new cooking videos
Fresh Solutions Network announced the release of three new cooking demonstration videos to show quick-and-easy, delicious potato side dishes. The videos feature “how-to” demonstrations using three different Side Delights® potato products in quick-preparation packaging.The "Red, White & Blue Celebration".....