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February 21, 2024 | Articles

Organically and conventionally-grown potatoes brought togetherin BioImpuls

For more than half her working life, Professor Edith Lammerts van Bueren has been active in the world of organic potato research and breeding. As Senior Plant Breeding Researcher at the Louis Bolk Institute in Driebergen, she has tried, right from the start of her career, to work as much as possible in a wide…

February 20, 2024 | Articles

Straight to work with Crop-R

ICT company Crop-R run by Ivor Bosloper in Groningen has developed an open data network for the immediate registration and exchange of cultivation and company information among growers and their business relations in the agro chain. At this moment, growers can already use the program free via the Crop-R website. Although the program is still…

February 19, 2024 | Articles

Variety presentation 2012: in search of innovations

What is innovation? Van Dale’s Dutch Dictionary is brief. Innovation is simply a synonym to introducing a novelty. The usual run of things for the Dutch potato breeders, you would say. Certainly, if you consider the full trays of new varieties and numbers that were being admired at the variety presentations in Emmeloord at the…

February 19, 2024 | Articles

Always constant temperatures in new storehouse

The business move within the Netherlands in 2012, from the village of Waddinxveen to the southern village of Numansdorp, provided potato grower Jan Cees van der Maas with the opportunity of having a completely new storehouse built for long-term storage. He chose a fully-insulated store from Altez Agrinbo-Geerkens from the Belgian village of Tielt. The…

January 31, 2024 | Articles

Salt tolerance studied in depth

Salinisation of the soil is a threat for agriculture throughout the world and includes the cultivation of potatoes. This well-known message was strongly reiterated by Guus Heselmans of C. Meijer B.V. for the partners of the Wageningen Potato Centre Knowledge Institute during the recently-held study day. ‘The availability of water is point one, its quality…

January 31, 2024 | Articles

100 years of ZAP: from regional to global player

The ZAP (Anna Paulowna Cooperative of Sowing Seed and Seed Potato Growers Association) celebrated its 100th anniversary on 10 October 2013, and is now Royal ZAP. This is definitely something of a rarity. A small growers association that persistently continues to exist in a country that, for more than a century, can be characterised by…

January 31, 2024 | Articles

The new inspections

Since the beginning of the new season, seed potato growers have been receiving their NAK (General Inspection Service for Agricultural Seed and Seed Potatoes) inspection reports for diseases such as virus and Erwinia about five weeks earlier than they used to. This is quite a time gain, which means they are able to sell their…

January 30, 2024 | Articles

‘Our customers want total solutions: from the field to the supermarket’

When colours are fading, it’s time for a fresh layer of paint. This doesn’t only apply to the interior but also to the exterior of a building. In a figurative sense, it also applies to the activities of an entrepreneur. The exterior of the APH Group in Heerenveen has been green for a long time…

January 30, 2024 | Articles

The most promising varieties that meet the most important market trends

At the beginning of November, the annual variety show of Dutch and also foreign potato merchants took place in and around Emmeloord. As usual, Potato World Magazine toured along all the presentations with a key question. ‘What is the most important trend in your breeding work and which is the most promising variety? That was…

January 25, 2024 | Articles

Potato starch in bioplastics is popular

The 3D printer in the Potato World magazine stand at PotatoEurope attracted a great deal of attention. It is a novelty that contributes to a future-oriented development in the potato sector. What it’s all about is the application of potato starch as a basic material in print cartridges. Researcher Frans Kappen, who works for Food…

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