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  • GB planted potato area by variety and sector 2019

    The 2019 GB planted potato area is one of the lowest on record even though there is a 1% year-on-year increase. What is driving this change?  The total 2019 planted GB area (revised estimate) is 118.95Kha. This updated estimate puts the area 1% higher than last year and represents the GB area covered by over 90% of producers.  Although the revised estimate shows a slight increase year-on-year...

    26 September 2019

  • AHDB Exports at Potato Europe 2019

    The AHDB Export team have been out in force representing the British potato industry at Potato Europe 2019 in Belgium this month (September 2019). Representatives from around the world visited Kain, near Tournai, on 4 and 5 September to network with professionals from across the supply chain. The rest of this article can be found on the new AHDB website by using the following link - https://ahdb....

    23 September 2019

  • Sprout control – where are we now?

    Three months on since the announcement that CIPC will lose its authorisation on 8 January 2020, we take a look at the situation for store managers as it stands. Read the full story at* *We will shortly be closing this website, all content is available on the new main AHDB account 

    19 September 2019

  • Measuring alternative desiccants at SPot South

    This was the third and final open day at Dillington Farms, AHDB’s Strategic Potato Farm, South. There were more than 60 growers and agronomists in attendance, despite it falling on a dry day during a wet start to August. Ollie Blackburn, Farm Manager at Dillington, said the trials programme in their final season as hosts had been of interest to local growers because it had covered topical issues...

    1 September 2019

  • Fight Against Blight and our site

    Growers have seen mixed fortunes in the weather this August, which has been keeping scouts and the blight team at the James Hutton Institute very busy. A sustained period of wet weather in Scotland has triggered challenging conditions, with a high number of samples sent into the Hutton despite the use of some robust spray programmes. Large parts of England and Wales have also seen high blight...

    3 September 2019