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By analysing potato production data, information systems specialist Professor Wolfgang Maaß and his team want to help farmers and food companies identify potential benefits and optimize their processes. (Courtesy: Oliver Dietze)

Unleashing AI and Big Data on Potatoes - from Mud to French Fries

March 28, 2018
By analysing potato production data, information systems specialist Professor Wolfgang Maaß and his team want to help farmers and food companies identify potential benefits and optimize their processes.
Mike Riley, Head of TOMRA Food is making the case for digital standards during the Fruit Logistica.

Digital standards urgently needed in the Food Supply Chain

February 11, 2018
Mike Riley, Head of TOMRA Food is making the case for digital standards during the Fruit Logistica. TOMRA Food is initiating cross-industry working groups to accelerate development.
Data on temperature and humidity in a potato field are relayed by the sensor system to the Bosch IoT Cloud. There, the farmer can access these data using an app on his phone (Courtesy: Fotolia/Steffen Eichner | Bosch)

High Tech for Farms: Bosch moves into Agricultural Technology Market worth billions

November 13, 2017
Using sensors to determine the best time for harvesting and steering automated tractors across fields, the market for agricultural technology is growing worldwide. It is also a lucrative field for Bosch. 'Bosch can do more than cars and cordless screwdrivers. We are bringing high tech to farms, opening up a market worth billions.'
From November 12 to 18 at Agritechnica, Tolsma-Grisnich will show a whole range of potato storage innovations

Tolsma-Grisnich shows Potato Storage Innovations at Agritechnica

November 12, 2017
Agritechnica will be the 'Centre of Innovation' for anyone who wants to be updated on the latest global developments in the agribusiness. Tolsma-Grisnich, a regular exhibitor at this event, will show its innovations for the storage of potatoes
View of the full bulk potato storage on top of the potato pile, where the weight loss is monitored by means of a Mooij Weight Watcher.

Mooij Agro builds potato storage with humidification for Lamb Weston Grower in Germany

October 31, 2017
Potato Storage Specialist Mooij Agro announced that they have built a potato storage for a Lamb Weston potato grower in Titz, Germany.
Aerial view of the Potato Europe 2017 trade show area in Emmeloord, The Netherlands.

Last chance to cast your vote for the Potato Europe 2017 Innovation Award

September 08, 2017
Check out the five products nominated for the Potato Europe 2017 Innovation Award. Until Monday September 11, noon, you can still vote for your favorite!
Tong Engineering Caretaker reversing sensors.

New Tong Caretaker trailer reversing sensors are a hit with potato growers

September 03, 2017
Tong’s market leading Caretaker mobile (potato) grader is now available with a new option of trailer reversing sensors, make loading the grader’s hopper much quicker, safer, easier and more accurate than ever before.
This illustration shows how the Tolsma-Grisnich 5m temperature sensor is going to be used in bulk potato storage. We indicated the location of the sensor with arrows to clarify where it is exactly located.

Tolsma-Grisnich 5M temperature sensor cable finalist Potato Europe Innovation Award

August 26, 2017
Tolsma-Grisnich has developed a temperature sensor cable that is 5m in length and that can measure the product temperature at various heights throughout the stack of potatoes.The product is one of the five finalists for the Potato Europe Innovation Awards.
Dirk Hays,Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist: “With Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), we can image the size of the tubers and get a correlation to the actual physical size of the potato without harvesting them. [...] We can get an almost one-to-

Early maturing potato cultivars can be identified using ground-penetrating radar, finds Texas A&M Agrilife

August 17, 2017
Dirk Hays,Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist: “With Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), we can image the size of the tubers and get a correlation to the actual physical size of the potato without harvesting them. Potatoes are a dream for Ground Penetrating Radar.”
Nitrogen in the crop can be measured using a satellite or manually in the field. However the method that is expected to see significant progress in the coming years is using multispectral cameras and sensors in drones

Drones can help optimize nitrogen fertilization in potato farming

July 26, 2017
Now there is a validated method that can not only determine far more precisely how much nitrogen should be applied, but also shows us the differences in nitrogen demand within fields. This will lead to a much more efficient use of nitrogen.

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