Potatoes and Onions

Onions seeing a delayed start out of the Pacific Northwest

Supplies of onions are still relatively on the light side for the year. “The yields are better than last year with the heat wave we had but they’re still below the historical average. The heat wave last year made everyone’s onions in the Pacific Northwest smaller with lighter yields,” says Jared…

Potato market update 5th October

Irish retail demand and consumer consumption has levelled out  this week

Retail demand and consumer consumption of potatoes has levelled out this week. Growers continue to harvest crops where they can. Bruising is still a big concern as a result of…

Due to record-breaking high temperatures and water scarcity

Your French fries might be getting shorter, but it will not last forever

Following particularly tough harvests, smaller spuds - and consequently, shorter fries - could be soon popping up at supermarkets not only in the UK, but across the globe.…

Market and Crop Update for October 6, 2022

'Corinne and Olathe onion deals are moving along well'

MARKETWashington/Peru:Dan Borer with Keystone Fruit Marketing reported in from his Walla Walla, WA, sales office on Oct. 5 to say, “Our Northwest onion program is off to a…

Carl van de Wiel, Agro Center Holland:

"Low red onion yields mean healthy market prospects"

With about 90% of its activities revolving around the red onion trade, Agro Center Holland is an exception in the Dutch onion trading sector. "There are some big companies that trade more red onions than we do, but I think we're the only ones in the Netherlands that sell more red than yellow onions,"…

As production and storage is improving

Indian onion prices subdued ahead of sensitive season

India exported 1.4 million tons  of onions, valued at Rs 13 billion (€156 mln) in 2021-22. Bangladesh and Malaysia had 46% and 12% share in total onion exports respectively in the…

Focus on logistics:

The uncertainty in US freight is certain

Not to be a wet blanket, a solemn killjoy person, but we think the large will get larger. Large carriers will keep recruiting and take on more contract loads. This is not a…

Pakistan vegetable prices go through the roof

The retail price of high-demand vegetables (tomatoes and onions) has surged in the open market, annoying the public at large that, perhaps, is passing through the worst…

Wisconsin potato harvest yielding higher for 2022-2023 crop

Potato harvest is well underway in Wisconsin. To date, Alsum Farms & Produce has finished approximately 25 percent of its potato harvest. “The cool, dry temperatures will help make great gains this week with putting away potatoes in storage bins to provide a year-round supply of Wisconsin Healthy Grown®…

State of Maine

Aroostook potato farmers are ready with extra storage after 2021’s stellar crop

As about half of Aroostook County’s potato crop has been dug up, some farmers are already using extra storage they set up after last year’s bumper crop. In 2021, some growers…

Expecting higher exports to Ukraine

Onion prices rising in Moldova

After a short and minor decrease in the average wholesale price for onions in the second half of September, prices have again gone up on the Moldovan market. According to the market participants of…

President Lukashenko: Mobilize schoolchildren to harvest potatoes and apples in Belarus

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has called for schoolchildren to be mobilized to harvest apples and potatoes. The president, who is a former Soviet manager at a…

Tools to optimize microbiome could reduce the use of agrochemicals

Potato microbiome project receives €940.000 research funding

A project aimed at developing new tools to predict and optimize potato plant growth by mapping the microorganisms living on seed potatoes has been awarded a 940.000 euro…

Potato market report week 39:

"Trade on the German potato market was a bit slow, but satisfactory"

Trade on the German potato market was a bit slow, but satisfactory. According to the BLE, the availability of domestic lots expanded locally. The share of new floury-cooking batches increased here and there. Supply and demand mostly matched. Prices were not always consistent, which weakened the demand…

Leak caused evacuation of the Grand Forks plant Saturday morning Youtube.com

No serious injuries following ammonia leak at Simplot potato plant

On Saturday morning, an ammonia leak caused the evacuation of the Simplot plant in Grand Forks. The leak confined to a room with a ventilation system and no employees were…

Western Uganda

Rukiga district onion farmers faced with losses amid price drop

Onion farmers from the district of Rukiga in Western Uganda have tagged the sharp drop in prices on a number of factors including massive importation of onions from…

Nafed offloads buffer onion stock of 20,000 tons in cities to contain prices in India

To halt the current spike in onion prices, cooperative Nafed has offloaded 20,000 tons of onions from the government's reserves in the last three weeks across India. Onions…

This Friday, October 7

Irish consumers encouraged to support locally grown - National Potato Day

Irish consumers are encouraged to ensure that the potatoes they enjoy - at home or from the chip shop - are locally grown this National Potato Day, taking place on Friday,…

Potato harvest resumes on Prince Edward Island post Hurricane Fiona

About 10 days after Hurricane Fiona hit the province of Prince Edward Island, Canada, residents, including its potato growers and shippers, are slowly gaining back electricity. “The entire island has been devastated--the wide swath of destruction is unbelievable,” says Dwayne Coffin of Vanco Farms in…

Potato harvest in Russia up 18% this season

Russian potato growers have harvested 4 million tons of tubers, 18% more than last year. The crop yield increased to 252,4 c/ha. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, this…

Iran: New duties on tomato and onion exports

The Iranian Agriculture Ministry has set new duties on the export of tomatoes and onions. The measure has been taken to regulate the domestic market and prevent a price…

Idaho potato acreage and yields down for 2022-2023 crop

Potato acreage is down and yields are relatively low in Idaho. “Growers aren’t feeling very positive about their yields--they’re looking to be lower,” says Ryan Wahlen of Pleasant Valley Potato. He notes there are a few factors behind the reduced yields, starting with a delay in the crop to start the…

Tissue culture technology should increase Kenyan potato yields

Currently, Kenya’s average potato yield per hectare is around ten tons. According to Anthony Kibe, principal investigator of a potato community action research project led by…

DKHV Dreamstime

69th International Potato Autumn Fair: Industry expects challenging potato year

Thomas Herkenrath, President of the German Potato Trade Association (DKHV), was pleased with the attendance at the 69th International Potato Autumn Fair. The annual industry…

Inflation September 2022:

Peru: Potatoes saw largest price increase

The price of potatoes grew more than 22% in September and led the list of products with the highest incidence in the basic basket and that became more expensive in the last…

Juan Manuel Coello, director of Patatas Meléndez:

"The low supply, the sizes available and high prices make for a very uncertain winter for potatoes"

The Spanish potato harvest is already in its final stages in the north, in the late producing areas of Segovia. There are different varieties, with a predominance of frying ones for the fresh market, mainly the Agria. The harvest is expected to be completed in October and the production will be stored…

Strong demand on Georgian potatoes from Azerbaijan

Potato prices in Georgia keep going up

Georgian potatoes have seen their prices going up in an unusual manner for about a month already. During the current week, the average wholesale price for the Georgian…

High demand and limited supply lead to price increases in Ukrainian onion market

New price increases are a feature on the Ukrainian onion market. High demand from wholesalers and limited offer from growers are the main factors contributing to further price…

Wilco Boeve, Uienpoort:

"This time of year, we sort and package mostly for export, from December it's for retail"

Uienpoort is a relatively new Dutch onion trading company. Partners Willy Dickmann and Wilco Boeve founded it. They built new premises in 2018 at the Vischpoort in Dronten, a high-visibility location on the main road between the A6 and the A50. Red onions are this onion trading and sorting company's true…

High storage costs also problematic

British potato yields suffered from dry spring and early summer

Potato yields in Britain are down significantly this season due to the hot, dry spring and early summer weather. For growers putting spuds into cold storage there is the added…

The SDGP project supports Rwanda growers with seeds and knowledge

Mega aeroponic greenhouse multiplies potato seeds in Rwanda

The SDGP Potato Value Chain Project Rwanda was launched to support the entirety of the Rwandan potato supply chain, from seed to table. "Our job is to optimize and maximize the potato value chain," says Aimable Uwihanganye, project manager Rwanda from Delphy. "This project involves many different…

There is a large potential for Pakistan to increase its exports to Russia

Pakistan had a trade surplus of $6.421 million with Russia in July-August 2022. Data from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) shows that the bilateral trade volume was worth…

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Philippines: Armyworms invade ‘onion capital’ Bayambang

In the town of Bayambang, the ‘onion capital’ of Pangasinan province, an invasion of armyworms is wreaking havoc on the onion crops. To combat the infestation, many farmers…

Cooler weather helps to extend Michigan potato harvest

Walther Farms states that harvest is about halfway

Walther Farms has locations in more than 10 states including Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, and Nebraska. Mike Phillips from Walther Farms has stated that Brownfield harvest crews…

Adrie Kleinjan, Kleinjan's Aardappelhandel:

"Potato prices not too high, but extra costs make them pricey"

The weather is currently largely determining the onion market. "That's still uncertain, even for the weekend ahead. At first, there was too little rain harvesting, and in many places, irrigation was necessary for growth and harvesting. Now, as the finish line nears, many places are getting too much rain…

Harvest of Egyptian spring onions delayed until mid-October

It should be smooth sailing for the spring onion producers in Egypt, says Nora Mohamed, commercial sales manager for Egyptian produce exporter Skyline for Import and Export: “The green onion season is one of the relatively stable seasons, which is not significantly affected by global changes in terms of…

Ibérica de Patatas will present its latest innovations at Fruit Attraction

Technological innovations to optimize the production of potatoes, 0% plastic packaging, and new formats

Ibérica de Patatas, one of the main consumer potato marketing companies in Spain, will present its latest technological innovations to optimize production at this year's Fruit…

Heinz Düpmann, Managing Director of Düpmann & Co. on the situation surrounding the European onion crop:

"Many are not yet aware that the current situation is only a foretaste of what is to come"

Things looked anything but rosy for the onion sector this year, as Heinz Düpmann, Managing Director of Düpmann & Co., knows. "There was a very poor harvest this year, as a result of which we expect harvest losses of 20-25%, with heavy losses probably also occurring throughout Europe. On the one hand,…

The opinion of an operator from Campania (Italy)

The potato market, in the face of price increases and uncertainties

"The scenario that looms for the next Italian potato campaign is a bit unusual, with crop expenses that producers will have to bear being really high and purchase prices for the consumer being a bit steeper, but there will certainly be no shortage of consumption, because potatoes are a mass product,"…

University of Idaho

Researchers are seeking to develop spuds that resist harmful nematodes

University of Idaho researchers are introducing genes from a plant in the nightshade family into potatoes, seeking to develop spuds that resist harmful nematodes. The plant,…

Andrew George with EarthFresh discusses dynamics in the potato sector

“It’s more important than ever to be located close to customers”

During the beginning of the pandemic, there was unprecedented demand for potatoes. Consumers were buying and stockpiling them at home. “As the pandemic progressed, we continued to see a strong demand for all types of potatoes as they became a staple item that would be used when cooking at home,” says…

Potato Market Update 28th September

Irish potatoes: Retail demand and consumption have remained stable

Retail demand and consumption have remained stable and are currently described as similar to pre-pandemic levels. Many growers are now digging into stores. Harvest conditions…

Royal Avebe fertilisation strategy should lead to higher potato yields

As sustainable potato growing is all about doing more with less (i.e. more yield with a lower footprint) Avebe sets out to help its growers with low-input varieties that come…

USDA

Value of all potatoes sold in 2021 in Idaho, Oregon and Washington at $1.92 billion

The final value of Idaho's 2021 potato crop sold was $1.04 billion, up 14 percent from 2020. The marketing year average price for potatoes in Idaho was $8.46 per cwt, up $1.18 from last year. In Oregon, the 2021 potato crop sold was valued at $218 million, up 10 percent from last year. The potato price…

Provincial harvest updates

Canadian potato farmers planted 155,856 hectares of potatoes in 2022

While not all provinces publish potato-specific progress reports, the following fall harvest updates have been made available at potatoesincanada.com: Alberta potato harvest…

New Zealand frozen potato exports and imports - Quarterly Report - September 2022

Margin squeeze likely for New Zealand potato industry

Concerningly, exports of frozen fries from Belgium and the Netherlands have more than doubled in the quarter ending July 2022.  These exports will be arriving presently, given shipping lead-times. Also of concern is the export price to New Zealand according to potatoesnz.co.nz, observed in graph above, is relatively…

Philippines

Onion smuggling continues, sometimes under the very nose of the Bureau of Customs

In July, seven large cargo containers were sneaked into Cagayan de Oro port. The raw white onions from China were mis-declared as other food products. Customs officers at the…

Jan Van Luchene, Bruwier Potatoes:

"From November, buying potatoes on the spot market will become difficult"

The drought in Europe means, this season, there will be far lower potato yields in Belgium and France. "We do yearly trial harvests, and what we feared has happened this year. Yields were poor in 2018, but this year's worse," Jan Van Luchene of Bruwier Potatoes says. That complicates things for off land…

University of Pretoria

Researchers boost nutritive benefits of sweet potato with novel drying technology

Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) have found a way to make orange-fleshed sweet potato last longer in an effort to benefit from this smart crop and address…

The largest export volume to Vietnam

China's potato exports hit another record in August

Relevant data show that from January to August 2022, China exported about 220,300 tons of fresh or refrigerated potatoes (except for seeds, the same below), an increase of…

Nearly 44% of potatoes harvested in Belarus

According to the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, Belarusian growers have gathered in potatoes from 11,400 hectares which is 43.8% of the area under this crop. Agri…

Altena Potatoes takes digitization step

"It took a few years to build a nice export market client base for large Agria potatoes"

Five years ago, the Dutch company Altena Potatoes relocated. "That move was the best thing we did. We had too little time and space at the old premises; it was time for a new step. Now, we'll be running double production within a year and have all the facilities to further prepare the company for the…

Sri Lankan growers burdened by onion imports

Big Sri Lankan onion farmers say they are facing difficult times due to the large amounts of big onion imports. They say they had an abundant harvest, but some are now left…

Jamaican government hopes sweet potatoes will replace imported wheat

Jamaica might see a major move away from imported wheat to locally grown sweet potatoes. This goal, according to Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr, is part…

Ghana-based agribusiness company Maphlix Trust

Farming business supplies KFC and exports to Europe

Ghana-based agribusiness company Maphlix Trust exports vegetables to markets such as the UK and Dubai and also supplies local companies like KFC and Shoprite.   Founder and managing director…

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions

"Efforts fully focused on bringing in the onions"

"We're currently fully focused on bringing in the onion harvest," Mike de Koster of the Dutch company WDK Onions told us last week. "The last time it started raining, we thought it would be okay. But then it kept on and rained a lot." If all went well, they would have gotten all the onions off the land…

US retail consumers spent more on potatoes

Potato retail sales increased in dollar sales but decreased in volume sales from July 2021 – June 2022, compared to the same timeframe a year ago. As consumer prices increased by 10.5%, retail dollar sales increased by 5.7%. The total volume sales decreased 4.4% from the same time a year ago, but they…

Potato Market Update 21st September

Irish growers very concerned about energy costs for storing crops

Irish potato consumption and demand continue to return to pre-pandemic levels; the current cost of living crisis is certainly influencing consumption also. Demand for queens…

The Restrain CO2 extractor said to save store managers ‘thousands’ on energy cost

Managing CO2 levels in potato stores is mainly done with large, energy-hungry fans. By not using your large fans but instead using a small Restrain CO2 extractor, you can save…

Luis Fernando Rubio, director of Procecam: "Ukraine's exit from the market has also had a noticeable impact"

40% drop in onion supply in Spain and the rest of Europe is driving prices up

The reduction of the onion acreage and the lower yields per hectare in Europe have led to a significant drop of more than 40% in the production available compared to a normal year. Spanish onions are experiencing a similar situation, and their sales have been going on at a good pace and with good prices…

Navi Mumbai:

APMC in Vashi welcomes new crop of potatoes

On Tuesday, the Onion-Potato market of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) saw the arrival of the new crop of potatoes. Some 50 vehicles from Satara and Pune, laden…

The collective of the traditional shallot of Brittany calls on public authorities and local elected politicians

France: The traditional shallot of Brittany wants its PGI

Asserting the identity of the traditional shallot of Brittany, obtaining a recognition of its origin and quality in order to guide consumers, protect producers and maintain activity and employment in the region. This is the goal of the collective, which was founded in 2021 and now brings together all…

This season, UK growers need to use sprout suppressant early

Because of a combination of high summer temperatures and growers being unable to apply maleic hydrazide, potatoes coming into UK stores this season will be under increased…

CABI project should unlock potato sector in the region

‘Strengthening the potato value chain in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’

Recently, Dr Stefan Toepfer, Research Scientist Arthropod Biological Control; Integrated Crop Management Advisor at CABI, was interviewed about the CABI project, known as…

"Optical grading has had a future for years"

The Smart Grader is an optical grader that uses advanced camera technology. It sorts by size, shape, and visible characteristics like cracks, green areas, bumps, and scab and wireworm damage. "It's the best way to grade potatoes and onions," says Wouter Blok of the Dutch company GeJo Grading. "In seed…

California acreage growing on specialty sweet potatoes

Following a later start by at least a week, California's sweet potato harvest continues to be steady and growers are aiming to have product out of the ground by the end of October. Normally, harvest would start in mid-July but this year it kicked off at the beginning of August. “This year, a lot of…

PIP Innovations

Dutch potato processor designs slicer that proves to be surprisingly multifunctional

PEKA Kroef is a potato processor in the Netherlands, and, as such, it saw that the potato slicing process needed to be optimized and its efficiency improved. "The market didn't have a machine that could cut the black spots off potato slices," Bart Kroef begins. "So we thought, why not design one…

Seed potato business is taking root in Haryana

There are various cultivars of potatoes which suit the agro-climatic conditions in Haryana. The potato crop is sown around October, harvested around March and it is due to the…

Potato prices Georgia up as growers expect a poorer harvest

Last week, the wholesale prices of potatoes in Georgia increased by 50% compared to the previous week. They have increased from 0.8 GEL/kg ($0.28) to 1.2 GEL/kg ($0.42). Right…

Oregon State University

Oregon State and partners will receive $50 million grant to develop climate-smart potatoes

Oregon State University has been awarded a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with farmers and Native American Tribes on cropping practices that can enhance soil health and reduce the carbon footprint of the Pacific Northwest potato industry. Oregon State University is…

Peak of the Market growers make $50,000 investment in resources for agriculture in classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba (AITC-M) launched the Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture Virtual Resource Hub, a series of interactive courses and information sheets inviting teachers and students to explore the different crops grown and animals raised in Manitoba.  “Food is something that connects…

BLE potatoes week 36:

'Supply was sufficient to meet demand with ease'

Local potato offerings dominated the market. Meanwhile, availability expanded a little. Regarding the Musica, Gala and Inovator varieties, the range again expanded in Frankfurt. According to BLE, the supply was sufficient to meet demand with ease. Overall, demand was slow and marketing did not show any…

Peru: Potato price rises more than 100% compared to 2019

Inflation is declining, as it went from 9.3% in July to 8.8% in August, according to the latest report on price changes from the National Institute of Statistics and…

Farmers say worst is still to come

UK potato prices up 60%

The prices of basic foods including vegetables and potatoes have increased by up to 60% in local supermarkets in Britain over the last six months. According to a recent report, a standard 2.5kg bag of white potatoes in both Sainsbury’s and Tesco are now an eye-watering 61 or 62% more expensive than in April respectively, and…

Suffolk potato and onion grower confronted with huge rises in storage costs

A Suffolk potato and onion grower has been confronted with huge rises in storage costs to dry and store his harvested vegetables over winter. Woodbridge farmer James Foskett…

Innovative biological sensor detects hidden disease in potatoes

During the process of rotting, caused by microorganisms, plants emit various volatile organic compounds into their surrounding environment, which can be monitored for early…

Maharashtra wants government to purchase another 200,000 tons of onions to support farmers

As domestic onion prices are dropping and there is rising financial stress among farmers, the Maharashtra government has requested federal Food and Public Distribution…

Have North Carolina growers cut back their sweet potato crops?

Supplies of sweet potatoes out of North Carolina are ample currently as the industry transitions from old crop to new crop. “We still have a good supply of last year’s sweet potatoes in the market. We’re out of our own crop but the industry has a little bit more than what most like to have at this time…

EUROPLANT celebrates its 30th anniversary

During PotatoEurope more than 300 guests from Germany and abroad met on 7th September 2022 at Gut Rethmar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of EUROPLANT Pflanzenzucht GmbH and to farewell Dr Heinrich Böhm into retirement. “30 years ago, EUROPLANT has been established, the beginning of our journey. We are…

Kenya: Sh127 million program set up to benefit Nakuru potato farmers

More than 3,000 small-holder potatoes farmers from Nakuru are set to benefit from a Sh127 million program aimed at enhancing potato production in the county. The program,…

Storage onions not doing well in the market, and transactions between buyers and sellers deadlocked

Export prices of yellow onions affected by sluggish demand in foreign markets

At this stage, late-ripening onions in Gansu are coming to the market on a large scale, and the sales of Ulanqab in Inner Mongolia are gradually increasing. A new round of…

Steffen Gurak, site manager of Groka/Grove Hanover, on the regional availability of goods:

"Large-caliber potatoes are hard to come by right now"

The supply of domestic potatoes and onions is gradually expanding, in parallel with the new harvest. However, the lack of precipitation as well as the persistent drought are currently putting extreme pressure on domestic growers. "We do not have concrete figures on the yield losses at the moment, across…

US: Prices up for pineapples and potatoes

According to the recently released June Consumer Price Index, in the US, the cost of tomatoes and broccoli went up 9.3% on a year to year basis, and on a month to month basis,…

Janó Bezuidenhout – Potatoes South Africa

South African potatoes: full market, but slower sales than before

The handover from central to northern production areas over late winter and early spring is a major period of transition within the South African potato season, and often results in a dynamic market. “Last year around this time, the Eastern and Western Free State, as well as the Northern Cape had ended…

Potato Market Update 14th September

Irish domestic consumption improving as schools have started

Irish domestic consumption and retail sales are improving since the schools have started again. As inflation continues to rise, consumers will return to more home cooked…

Recruitment drive at Lincoln City FC’s LNER stadium today

Potato supplier Branston to create 45 jobs in Lincolnshire

UK potato supplier Branston is set to create 45 new jobs at its prepared foods factory near Lincoln, after the £6 mln extension to the facility is completed. It has launched a…

Belarus: Potato harvesting progress close to 20%

Belarusian farmers have gathered in potatoes from 19% of the area under the crop. Belarusian agricultural enterprises have also harvested leguminous crops (including maize)…

Israel ready to face Europe’s challenging potato season

The upcoming European winter will be one of the most uncertain periods for the potato industry with great uncertainty over what local volumes will be available and how much imports could be needed from a country like Israel. This is according to Eitan Botzer, managing director of Atzmona Potatoes…

Philippines Department of Agriculture allots P100 mln to boost onion production

The Filipino Department of Agriculture has allotted some P100 million (€1.7 mln) to boost the country's onion production, as there is a continued shortage of white onions. The…

Two-year study by Boise State University and University of Idaho

Wildfire Smoke’s Influence on potato crops under study

A two-year study by Boise State University and University of Idaho probes how wildfire smoke affects potato crops and seeks to identify smoke-resilient potato varieties. Farmers know potato crops grown during seasons of heavy, extended wildfire smoke generally have smaller yields and worse quality. Past…

Pakistan

Floods affected 2.84 million acres of crops in Sindh

According to a report from the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, the recent floods and heavy rainfall have caused destroyed over 2.84 million acres of crops in…

Filippino Department of Agriculture allots P100 millions of aid to onion growers

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allocated over P100 million (€1.7 mln) worth of assistance for the onion industry this year. DA officials stated that the assistance…

China donates 200 tons of onions to aid flood victims Pakistan

According to the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, the government of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has sent 200 tons of onions across the Khunjerab Pass to help people…

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr expresses gratitude to stakeholders

Domestic onion production satisfies 40% of Jamaican national demand

Jamaica’s agricultural sector has met 40 per cent of the national demand for onions, surpassing the original target of 20 per cent. This means the production efforts resulted…

The company consolidates its commitment to sustainability while decreasing its energy dependence

Patatas Hijolusa constructs a wind farm to improve its ecological footprint

Patatas Hijolusa has set itself the goal of advancing its energy efficiency and improving environmental conditions by reducing its carbon footprint. "The Becerril II-B Wind Farm is located in Villaumbrales (Palencia) and consists of 9 wind turbines that have a total capacity of 31.05 MW, which are expected…

“Total volume of Polish potatoes will be lower than in previous years”

Polish potatoes are having a solid season. Harvest started in June and later varieties are currently still being harvested. Due to the weather conditions, being hot and dry, the total harvested volumes of the potatoes will be lower than they were last season. Łukasz Ostrowicz, member of the board at…

Rwandan government set to investigate sharp increase in potato prices

The Rwandan Ministry of Trade and Industry has deployed teams across the country, in order to inquire into factors behind drastic rise in Irish potato prices among other food…

Cyprus prepares to register ‘red soil potato’ as a Protected Designation of Origin product

The government of Cyprus is preparing an official request to register the island’s second most important agricultural product, the Cyprus red soil potato, as a PDO (Protected…

Lower yields will condition the French potato market this year

According to forecasts, the French potato sector will have its lowest harvest in decades due to drought and extreme heat. In fact, there is great concern among producers as…

Lechelle Earl - Onions Australia

Australian onions are expected to be back to full production levels this season

Onion acreage in Australia is fairly steady and the number of hectares planted this season was similar to last year. Photo: Dreamstime"Queensland was hit with wet weather just after planting, which caused some issues," said Lechelle Earl, Onions Australia CEO "However, the rest of the country is on track…

Potato supplies might be tight in North America

The potato harvest is underway in Canada and according to some sources the yields could be decent, but some are concerned about a shortfall of potatoes in Canada and the US.…

Potato daily survey results - September 12

Russian potato growers sell table potatoes at prices ranging from 10 to 35 rubles/kg

As of September 12, Russian potato growers were selling table potatoes (lots of 20 tons or more) at prices ranging from 10 to 35 rubles/kg. The cheapest products could be…

Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, El Sayed el Quseir:

‘Egypt sends first onion shipment to Pakistan’

According to Agriculture and Land Reclamation Minister El Sayed el Quseir, Egypt has exported the first onion shipment to Pakistani markets. The minister received a report…

Watermelons, tomatoes, melons, apples, onions, potatoes and lettuce

Iran exported over 1.5 mln tons of ‘water-intensive’ crops in five months

According to spokesperson of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, Rouhollah Latifi, more than 1.52 million tons of ‘water-intensive’ agricultural products were…

So far, Mississippi sweet potato growers relieved following summer drought

Mississippi sweet potato growers and shippers are somewhat relieved with the 2022 crop following the summer drought that made headlines across the country. “We had high temperatures and the no water situation was very depressing. However we seem to have made it through and it will not be a crop failure…

South African-made chips could kill two birds with one stone

Potatoes SA says it is investigating ways for South Africa to increase its production of potato chips - or French fries. This should be a win-win solution to local farmers'…

Farmers from NEPG zone will globally produce 7 to 11 % less potatoes due to climate change

During its last meeting prior to Potato Europe 2022, the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that global potato production in the NEPG zone (EU-04) will be…

Rinus Wisse, Wiscomex:

“With these prices, the Dutch onion market could do with a little realism"

There are presently mixed emotions in the Dutch onion market. With prices of €0.34 to €0.36 for medium and large grading, many growers see the season as bright. "It's quite busy everywhere. But things are threatening to go awry in places because not all buyers can keep up with the last few weeks'…

Kabul residents worried about rising tomato and onion prices

Yesterday, onion, tomato and potato prices have seen a two-fold increase in Kabul, compared to their rates a month ago. Retailers say the recent flash floods in Afghanistan…

Indian government to offload 50,000 tons of buffer stock onions

The Indian government will offload about 50,000 tons of onions from its buffer stocks to a few cities like Delhi and Guwahati, as retail prices there are higher than the…

Lethbridge plant’s processing capacity adds acreage for southern Alberta potato producers

Cavendish Farms agriculture vice president Jubs Bristow is convinced that the southern Alberta potato industry will continue to provide many opportunities in the region. “The…

Sweet potatoes with pineapple twist

Pumpkin spice is back for fall

Autumn is pumpkin spice season and with the Pumpkin Spice Latte back on Starbucks’ menu, the drink’s popularity has inspired many other pumpkin spice food and drink items such as coffee, ice cream and more. The Pumpkin Spice-Sweet Potato Dole Whip is a twist on the company's popular Dole Whip dish.  Now, Dole Food Company has introduced…

Photo Report:

Encouraging visitor numbers PotatoEurope 2022 trade fair

At the Bockerode estate in Springe-Mittelrode (Lower Saxony), the German Agricultural Society (DLG) has inaugurated international potato fair PotatoEurope 2022. From September 7 to 8, 2022, it will be the meeting place for potato growers, processors and marketers from Germany and abroad. More than 250…

Moderate potato harvest predicted in Latvia

The potato harvest is in full swing across Latvia. Growers estimate that the harvest would be better than last year but nothing too spectacular. Farmer Emīls Zeltiņš from…

USDA

Opportunities for US agri exports in Spain and Portugal

Focus on tree nuts and sweet potatoes

US exporters can find ample opportunities in the Iberian Peninsula. Spain is the third-largest European Union destination for US agri products, with Portugal ranking 11th. In 2021, the United States exported $1.6 billion of agricultural products to Spain, or 15 percent of total US agricultural exports to…

Rob Kent - Kent Exports

"Growers from other countries across the world reached out to us to develop export programs for them into South East and North Asia"

Kent Exports offer a variety of fresh produce from Australia to Asia and the Middle East. Over the last few years Rob Kent has built up a network of growers for whom he facilitates the export. Having spent time previously in Singapore, he made the decision ten month ago to move out to Singapore to better…

Davide Martelli of the Consorzio Patata di Bologna DOP

"Because of elaterids and weather, potato yields dropped by 40 percent"

It's time for a balance sheet for the PDO Potato of Bologna Dop consortium. President Davide Martelli, reached by phone while on the tractor tilling the land, sounds disheartened. "Due to the high temperatures and the incidence of elaterids, we have had up to 40 percent lower yields of potatoes in our…

SRTF approves second phase of project to support Northern Aleppo potato growers

The Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) has announced the approval of Phase II of the agriculture project known as “Support to Potato Producers in Northern Aleppo”. The project…

La Rioja Alta's potato harvest starts two weeks earlier than expected and production is expected to decrease by 25%

According to Gregorio Lopez, from the board of ARAG-ASAJA, this year, the potato campaign in La Rioja Alta will be significantly lower than in 2021, a year in which, according…

Heide-Zwiebel AG

Lüder Böhling, Heide-Zwiebel AG, on this year's onion season:

"Our primary focus is on supplying the domestic market"

The marketing of domestic onions is now slowly picking up speed. "The clearing of early onions is progressing and we will start preparing packable produce for the local market in a few days. We are also facing the consequences of the ongoing drought. Despite intensive irrigation, we have to reckon with a…

Potato Market Update 7th September

Irish retail sales and consumption rebounded slightly since start of the month

Retail sales and consumption have rebounded slightly and stabilized since September. In particular, Queen's sales have increased since the school season returned. Most areas…

Onion prices troubling as well

Madhya Pradesh growers destroy garlic harvest as prices drop

Madhya Pradesh garlic farmers yielded nearly two million tons this season, benefiting from incentives under the ‘one district one product’ scheme. However, the glut drove down…

Ben Bredek, 3 Point Potatoes:

"Deep red Baltic Fire potatoes hold up very well against the heat"

3 Point Potatoes is introducing Baltic Fire potatoes exclusively to the Dutch market. "These deep red-skinned, yellow-fleshed potatoes are scab resistant and need less nitrogen to grow than common potatoes in the same segment," says Ben Bredek. This trading company has a trial field right near its office…

Makó region onion cultivation is negligable

Hungarian onion production in a slump

After decades of decline, Hungarian onion production has virtually ceased this year. According to János Fekete, president of the National Onion Product Council, twenty years…

Did the 2021-2022 potato crop set new pricing expectations for this season?

Is there a new floor on pricing potatoes this season? This is the question growers and shippers are wondering about as they’re embarking on the 2022-2023 fresh crop of potatoes. “We’re trying to figure out what the pricing structure is going to look like for the fall,” says Ken Gad of Cambridge Farms Inc.…

Somerset road made accessible again after mud and potato landslide

The A358 in Combe Florey, near Taunton, was closed earlier in the week after stormy conditions caused soil to wash off an adjoining potato field. Some 100 tons of mud and…

Hume International calls for increased government engagement on French fry import tariffs

Import-export business Hume International has responded to claims that SA has enough capacity for French fries. In July, South Africa’s International Trade Administration…

Heat stress hits potato yields in UK

Potato crops have paid a heavy penalty as a result of this summer’s record-breaking temperatures and drought across the United Kingdom and Europe. First digs from this year’s Quantis heat-stress biostimulant field trials suggest yields may be over 30% lower in untreated crops. Across a series of trials from…


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