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May 21, 2024 | News

Potato planting PotatoEurope 2024 France completed under good conditions

In between the many rain showers, the organisation of PotatoEurope 2024, the international potato event that will take place on 11 and 12 September in the northern French town of Villers-Saint-Christophe, has completed the planting work.

April 29, 2024 | Articles

ESPG argues for collective acceptance of seed potato tests

Just imagine that you are a Belgian seed potato grower and you export a batch of potatoes to another EU country. Upon sampling in that other country, the possible pres­ence of ring rot is reported. It is then mid February. All doors, including those at home, on the farm, are then locked. You are visited…

April 29, 2024 | Articles

Packed Agritechnicafull of innovations

Expectations were high and were satisfied. Agritechnica, the world’s largest agricultural mechanisation show, recently attracted over 415,000 visitors, around a quarter coming from all corners of the world. A pleasing factor for all those thousands of visitors was that the exhibitors had a great many innovations on show. The ‘kartoffel’ HALLE 2 was also crammed…

April 29, 2024 | Articles

Quality is always necessary

In the free potato market, the price for potatoes was much lower in Europe than last year. In view of the export of French fries all over the world, such a year also offers opportunities for developing new markets.

April 29, 2024 | Articles

Stammen’s quality table potatoes all year round

Together with his son Christoph (25), Heinz Stammen (60) grows 170 hectares of table potatoes in the German town of Geldern in Niederrein (Germany). They start each new growing season with early potatoes under plastic. The yield of the later main harvest is put into storage until the end of May. To improve storage, the…

April 25, 2024 | Articles

Calcium deficiency has a major impact on yield

Sufficient calcium in the soil does not guarantee sufficient calcium in the plant. Especially during prolonged droughts, a deficiency may occur resulting in symptoms such as internal rust. Even if there is no loss of quality, a calcium deficiency may result in lower yields. According to Ton Hendrickx of Crop Plant Solutions and Scott Garnett…

April 25, 2024 | Articles

Sustainability will soon be better known than DuRPh

‘It is all in the game’, said the well-known Dutch poet Bredero, when things didn’t go as they should. Anton Haverkort (59), a scientist at Plant Research International (PRI) and since recently, Professor of crop and soil sciences at the University of Pretoria (SA), knows a thing or two about that. For example, the agronomists…

April 25, 2024 | Articles

Sustainability takes shape

In the competition for the best Dutch Fresh Marketer of the Year, this time the founder of the local brand Gijs was nominated.

April 03, 2024 | Articles

Food trend watcher inspires Europatat

At the end of May, the annual meeting of the European potato trade, Europatat, took place in the Kurhaus Hotel in the Dutch coastal village of Scheveningen. The organisation had invited the food trend watcher Hans Steenbergen as their guest speaker who, being the inspiring speaker that he is, knows exactly how to market a…

April 03, 2024 | Articles


One morning with Hans Steenbergen of Food Inspiration and your head is completely full of all the latest developments and trends in the world of food. Because he analyses and experiences all the trends himself, you get the feeling that you, too, are eating reindeer moss in that world-famous restaurant, Noma. Unfortunately, he didn’t know…

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