Parts of the Southern Ostrobothnian potato growing area suffered from night frost in the beginning of this week. In many areas the temperature went subzero for several hours. It is likely that tuber sizes in the damaged areas will remain smaller, even though the final impacts on the crops will only be seen when harvesting begins. In the rest of the country, the crops at the moment are estimated to be good, though the growth is about a week or two...

The summer holiday season has begun in Finland and also at Luonnosta. Nevertheless, there will be at least one person working each week during the summer. We will be on holiday as follows: Kyösti 26.6.–16.7. Olga 6.7.-30.7. Heidi 6.7.-30.7. Antti 17.7.-6.8....

Our office is closed on Friday the 9th of June due to our annual feedback day. We will have breaks during the day in order to respond to any urgent matters....

Would you pay one euro per tuber for seed potatoes? If you are a professional potato farmer, you would need quite a big bank loan. However, according to an article in Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, price is rarely an issue for household potato growers, especially when seeking for specialties.  Thus, it is only positive, when special varieties awake interest among homegrowers to test something new and learn about differences between varieties....

The European Food Safety Authority Efsa has published its annual report on pesticide residues in food. The results of the 2015 analysis are excellent from the Finnish perspective: food produced in Finland is cleaner than anywhere else. This is great news for Finnish food producers, as consumers nowadays pay more and more attention to what they eat, and are willing to pay for clean and safe food. To read the full report click here....

So far April has been a little colder than average in Finland, which has delayed the start of field works. Potato farmers estimate that they are about two weeks behind normal schedule. In southwestern Finland the planting of early potatoes has started a couple of weeks ago, but nightfrosts have slowed down the growth there too.                       Planting of early potatoes in Lokalahti, Finland. Picture: Anssi Väättänen...

We are currently planning our sales and production for the coming sales season 2017-2018. If you are interested in making a sales or purchase contract with Luonnosta, please contact Antti Kuusisto (+358 400 256 367) or Olga Andreeva (+358 40 709 4843) for further discussions....

Antti Kuusisto has been appointed Managing Director of Perunakauppa Luonnosta Oy starting from the 1st of April 2017. Antti has a long experience in the potato sector and has worked for the past eight years as Sales Director of Perunakauppa Luonnosta. Please note that possible changes to contact persons will be discussed with customers and suppliers in the near future. For more information, please contact Antti Kuusisto Managing Director +358 400 256 367 antti.kuusisto@luonnosta.fi Eero Pisilä Chairman of the Board +358 40 504 6433 eero.pisila@perunamestarit.com...

The Big Idaho Potato Truck is starting it's 6th season of delivering potato message across America. In six months the truck will cover about 37 000 km and millions of pictures will be taken of the giant tater. This sure looks like potato propaganda one never forgets! Read more on PotatoPro! Picture: Idaho Potato Commission...

The ongoing sales season has proven that larger scale organic production stands a chance also in Finland. Until recently the market for organic potato has been the dominated by smaller local growers and a few bigger producers. However, an increase in acreage is needed to meet the increasing demand and quality requirements of both domestic and export customers. For example, it's still rather difficult to find bigger lots of consistent quality for export. This is sure to be changed in...