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  • Unusual market dynamics in Northern-European potato trade

      Currency and supply dynamics are affecting the relative price of British processing potatoes compared to supplies from Belgium and the Netherlands. “Presently the ex-farm value of GB processing potatoes sits at €70–€80 per tonne lower than comparable Belgian and Dutch quotes – an unusual position for the GB crop compared with previous years’ prices,” said Arthur Marshall, Market Intelligence...

    19 October 2016

  • ‘Inspiration, innovation and integration’: AHDB Agronomists’ Conference programme announced

    ‘Inspiration, innovation and integration’ is the theme of the tenth AHDB Agronomists’ Conference. Covering both major and minor changes to agronomy, the event will present expert opinion and challenge conventional thinking to address the ultimate question – how can a truly integrated package of agronomy be delivered to farmer clients operating in a rapidly changing world? Expanded to cover...

    17 October 2016

  • Secretary of State boost for AHDB export work

    The importance of export markets to the Scottish potato seed sector was in the spotlight when representatives met with the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, yesterday (13 October). At an exporting event hosted by AHDB at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire yesterday, Alistair Melrose, production manager at seed and ware merchants Wm Fraser and chair of...

    14 October 2016

  • New report explores Brexit impacts sector by sector

    The implications of future trade policy scenarios for the UK’s farming and horticulture industries are examined in the latest edition of Horizon. The new analysis will be launched at AHDB’s flagship Grain Market Outlook conference, themed ‘Getting ready for a new agricultural world’, which is taking place in the City of London this morning (12 October). The report explores how trade deals with...

    12 October 2016

  • Blackleg and Brexit under the Spotlight at this year’s Seed Industry Event

    AHDB Potatoes will use this year’s Seed Industry Event on 3 November to review the industry’s current approach to controlling blackleg. The biennial conference, held this year in St Andrews, will also provide growers with an insight into the potential impact of Brexit, and scope out the potato market, both at home and abroad.  The slight increase in the bacterial disease blackleg has seen it rise...

    12 October 2016