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  • Aphids forecast to fly earlier than average this spring

    Aphid pests of brassica, cereals and potatoes are forecast to fly two to three weeks earlier than average this spring, according to the AHDB Aphid News service. The long run of aphid data from the suction-trap network, managed by Rothamsted Research, combined with the long run of weather data available from the Met Office and others, make it possible for the start of aphid flights and aphid...

    10 March 2016

  • Influencing the influencers

    AHDB Potatoes turns to top bloggers to boost campaign Consumers are exposed to a constant stream of messages, day and night, and as they start to ‘switch off’ from professional advice – particularly when it comes to health – food industry marketing needs to adapt, according to AHDB Potatoes. Nick White, head of marketing and corporate affairs at AHDB Potatoes, said: “Reports suggest that eight...

    9 March 2016

  • Search begins for Scottish Strategic potato farm

      AHDB has announced the quest for the first farmer host for its new Scottish Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm. “The SPot Farm is a unique concept that improves the links between evidence based science and practical activity on-farm,” says project lead and AHDB Potatoes’ technical executive, Claire Hodge. “We’re seeking an innovative grower to work with us to challenge conventional working practices...

    16 February 2016

  • AHDB reviews pest control guidance following chlorpyrifos withdrawal announcement

    Following the announcement to withdraw products containing chlorpyrifos in the UK, AHDB is reviewing its guidance to help growers and farmers assess pest control options. Announced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 12 February 2016, the withdrawal prohibits the use of all chlorpyrifos products from 1 April 2016 (except the use of drench treatment applied via automated gantry sprayer to...

    12 February 2016

  • Potato and horticulture industries praise AHDB Exports’ platform

    Growers and suppliers of potato and horticultural produce attending this month’s Fruit Logistica, the world’s leading fresh produce export event, have praised the high-profile platform provided by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), under their new AHDB Exports brand. AHDB’s new exports brand launched boldly into the international fresh produce arena in Berlin this month,...

    12 February 2016