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  • CIPC in box stores

    CIPC specialist Adrian Briddon from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research reports on the latest research into the use of CIPC in box stores.    The UK is pretty much unique in that many of our stores are box stores. Elsewhere bulk storage is far more common. Although box stores are used occasionally on the continent, these typically have positive ventilation, like bulk stores – where air displaced...

    25 July 2012

  • Soil Cultivation

    This spring has seen some of the costliest cultivations ever for the national potato crop, but AHDB Potatoes research suggests significant savings could be made on some soils without affecting crop outcome.    Speaking at AHDB Potatoes East Midlands Potato Day, researcher Dr Mark Stalham of Cambridge University Farm said this season’s planting campaign could be split into two halves – pre-rain...

    25 July 2012

  • Cost of production

    As profit is driven by margin, it is crucial for growers to be able to identify their exact costs, says Bidwells agricultural business consultant Neil Cameron.    “Changes in costs over the past five years have been substantial, and it will be difficult for growers to run a profitable business if they don’t know their exact costs per tonne of potatoes sold, including machinery, labour, energy...

    25 July 2012

  • Avoid risks of CIPC cross contamination

    A recent finding of CIPC residue in grain has highlighted the risk of cross contamination of commodities in-store. This puts more pressure on the potato industry to ensure accurate records are kept and stewardship standards are maintained, warns Mike Storey, head of R&D and chairman of the CIPC Stewardship Group.    Growers should not be using buildings with a known history of CIPC use for...

    25 July 2012

  • Potato growers face weather-related challenges

    Potato growers are facing many weather-related challenges and recent warm, wet weather has led to a massive increase in the number of Smith Periods this year so far, says AHDB Potatoes executive and blight specialist Gary Collins.    “There is a huge variation in Cumulative Smith Period events (the national total for all Full Smith Periods for the 652 postal districts) to 19 July over the past...

    25 July 2012

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