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June 17, 2024 | Articles

Organic sector struggles with cultivation and marketing

You can try and find all kinds of different descriptions: ‘Organic sector struggles with cultivation and marketing’ or ‘Cultivation and marketing of organic potatoes reaches impasse’. The reality is that the organic potato growers are not happy about current events. This dissatisfaction was dis­cussed at great length during the ‘From Problem to Solution’ debate at…

April 29, 2024 | Articles

Export plus knowledge is trade

The first course of the Potato Business School Emmeloord (PBSE) was held in the last week of September. Harry Goos, initiator and director at Tolsma, was proud that his wish of many years had finally come true. Particularly when abroad, he had discovered a growing hunger for expert knowl­edge about the potato. In his view,…

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

TTI Green Genetics looks ahead

A TTI Green Genetics network meeting was held in Nieuwegein (NL) recently. Plant breeders and associ­ates from the business sector got together to exchange information about the development of varieties. Loek Hermans, Chairman of Greenport Holland, presented a vision for the future of the horticultural sector which can be taken as an example for the…

April 25, 2024 | Articles

Many minitubers minimises the chance of mistakes

For the partnership of father and son Anton and Frank de Schutter from Vierhuizen, the annual crop of 250,000 minitubers from their own greenhouse has been the basis for the cultivation and supply of high-quality S material for three years now. The fact that this means one crop less, and that the multiplication fields are…

April 25, 2024 | Articles

Frying is healthy!

Potatoes are an important source of essential antioxidants for everyone. How important that source is and which antioxidants can be found in the potato has recently been extensively researched by Carolyn Lister. She works for the Plant and Food Research Station in New Zealand. One significant discovery from her research relates to the various preparation…

April 25, 2024 | Articles

The BOK Partnership replaces complete bagging line

Scale expansion can take different forms. Potato growers can expand the acreage, but can also expand their activities. The BOK Partnership in Creil is a good example. The collaborating neighbours bag a lot of seed for growers in the region. This means that investments must be made. They recently even replaced the complete bagging line.

April 03, 2024 | Articles

New breeding method leads surprisingly fast to new varieties

Producing new resistant potato varieties without genetic modification. This is possible, because breeding company Solynta has introduced the new F1 hybrid breeding. The starting-point here is not potatoes but real seed. Crossing resistances in 5 years instead of 25 to 35. It is possible by breeding in diploid potatoes with the help of the newly-discovered…

April 03, 2024 | Articles

Research in the potato world

Is the potato variety on the packaging in the shop really what it says? Were the crossing parents of this new seedling really true-to-variety when the offspring are so dissimilar? Must we throw these nearly-similar seedlings straight into the bin if they have accidentally been switched or should we save them after all? The Stichting…

April 03, 2024 | Articles

Soil improvement requires an integral approach

In early March, the partners of Wageningen Potato Centre (WPC) in Emmeloord came together for a brainstorming session on the topic of soil. The meeting was introduced by research expert Janjo de Haan of PPO-AGV (Applied Plant Research for Arable Farming) in Lelystad. He sketched an alarming scenario: every aspect of knowledge about cultivation is…

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