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  • Glyphosate and seed potatoes

    Glyphosate is a non-selective weed-killer which is incredibly damaging to seed potatoes. Even at levels which cannot be detected it can cause horrendous problems with germination and emergence in the daughter crop. Often unnoticed until the seed crop has been replanted, contamination causes lengthy and costly commercial disputes.    Damage is rarely seen in the crop that receives the accidental...

    29 June 2015

  • Same town, new venue – GB potato industry’s main event BP2015

    This November, BP2015 moves to a new home but stays in the same north Yorkshire town of Harrogate, familiar to over 6,000 growers, packers, processors, retailers, researchers, specialists, consultants, journalists, students and international visitors who regularly attend.   Jointly sponsored by Branston and Grimme, BP2015 takes place on 12 and 13 November at its new venue, the Harrogate...

    23 April 2015

  • Sprout Suppression 2020

    Effective sprout suppression is fundamental to managing stored potato quality.  In April over 65 potato industry movers and shakers including regulators and approval holders, gathered in York for AHDB Potatoes Sprout Suppression 2020 forum to debate the future.   For more than fifty years Great Britain has been heavily reliant on chlorpropham (CIPC), as a cost effective and efficient potato...

    23 April 2015

  • Driven by consumer needs and innovation

    Head of AHDB Potatoes R&D, Dr Mike Storey discusses AHDB Potatoes new Research and Innovation Strategy which is focused on delivering the greatest benefits to levy payers over the next 5 years.   “Looking to 2020, GB will continue to need to produce crops efficiently and economically,” says Mike.  “But production must be driven by customer needs and innovation.”   The newly launched strategy...

    23 April 2015

  • Supporting potato trade with the Canaries

    Each year, large quantities of GB ware and seed, are exported to the Canary Islands.  AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export, Rob Burns, updates on the current difficulties affecting this long established trade agreement.    “While no one knows the exact date of the potato's arrival in Europe, its entry point was probably Spain's Canary Islands, where traditional potato cuisine plays an important...

    23 April 2015