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  • Water – Environment Agency reduces the cost of taking high flows

    AHDB Potatoes technical executive Chris Steele looks at the latest information on the water situation. Despite restrictions being lifted in the South West of England, the Midlands and parts of Yorkshire due to the recent rainfall, parts of East Anglia and South East England still remain in drought.    Some growers have been unable to re-fill their reservoirs because of the previously dry...

    10 May 2012

  • Exceptional turnout for the first South West Potato Day

    Despite inclement weather, the first South West Potato Day (April 26 at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, Somerset) was a big hit with growers arriving from as far afield as Cornwall.    More than 70 delegates engaged with the speakers concerning practical information on subjects such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the latest news from the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group.   Adding...

    10 May 2012

  • New venture to improve farming and retail carbon footprint

    A new institute to help farmers produce more efficiently and an updated software ‘tool’ that enables farming and food industries to calculate their carbon footprint are launched this week. The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) was created by the University of Aberdeen in partnership with Unilever and the Sustainable Food Lab to guide farmers over their greenhouse gas emissions and to provide tips on how...

    6 May 2012

  • Ageing in store

    If you are storing potatoes until this time of year, tuber ageing is going to affect your crop and probably in more ways than one. How? The simplest effect is through potatoes losing moisture. Weight loss results in softening and shrinkage, maybe even compression damage. Dehydration is a fairly simple, physical process and we understand what we have to do to limit it - keep humidity high and fan...

    1 May 2012

  • CIPC: check your limits

    Early dormancy break has been a particular problem this season, exacerbated further by warm autumn temperatures. This made it impossible, in some situations, to make initial applications at the appropriate timing (before sprout growth is initiated). As a consequence, inputs are likely to be higher as store managers try and regain control. Users of CIPC should remember though that no more than 36...

    12 April 2012