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  • AHDB Potatoes seminars and cost-benefit work hailed at BP2011

    With a record turnout of over 6,000, BP2011 (Harrogate, November 23-24) the potato industry demonstrated its confidence in the future. Ever keen to discover ways of working smarter, levy-payers showed great interest in cost-benefit analyses in addition to attending AHDB Potatoes-organised seminars.    “In spring 2011 we introduced a new objective to each of the AHDB Potatoes functions to...

    8 December 2011

  • Anthony Bambridge wins coveted award and Dr Hardie memorial presented to Sandra Goodfellow

    Anthony (Tony) Bambridge, co-founder of B & C Farming Ltd, has been awarded the 2011 British Potato Industry Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sector.    Presenting the award at BP2011 at Harrogate (23 November), AHDB Potatoes chairman Allan Stevenson paid tribute to Mr Bambridge’s impressive career.    “I am delighted that Tony Bambridge has been recognised not...

    8 December 2011

  • Variety Database keeps growers up-to-date

    Potato growers wanting to keep abreast of the latest variety developments need look no further than the Potato Variety Database, a highly detailed source of independent information jointly managed by AHDB Potatoes and SASA.    The resource contains all the information growers could need when deciding which varieties to grow that will best suit their potato business, both physically and in terms...

    8 December 2011

  • Using irrigation to help prevent bruising

    Too many potato growers could be shutting down their irrigation schedules too soon, leaving soils over-dry and crops at risk of excessive bruising.    “Most growers take great care with their early-season watering for scab control, but often neglect their irrigation during August,” says Dr Mark Stalham of Cambridge University Farm (CUF).   “Many growers in the south regard mid-August as the cut-...

    8 December 2011

  • Achieving good-quality seed-beds

    Many potato fields are being overworked in a bid to create the ‘perfect’ seed-bed, an expensive practice that does not increase yield and endangers the long-term health of soils.    Thanks to AHDB Potatoes funding, researcher Dr Mark Stalham of Cambridge University Farm is investigating how growers can achieve similar or better seed-beds more quickly and cheaply with less destructuring of soil...

    8 December 2011

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