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  • Further CIPC exceedance threatens product withdrawal

    CIPC remains under continuing intense scrutiny, recently exacerbated by a further maximum residue level (MRL) exceedance in a box store containing crop intended for the fish and chip trade.   The regulatory situation with CIPC is now such that any MRL exceedance could trigger its withdrawal from use, which would have a profound impact on our industry.   If you use CIPC, you must check and adhere...

    27 June 2014

  • Count down to Summer TechFest

    Next week growers, packers and processors will head east for AHDB Potatoes Summer TechFest, 2-3 July, 2014.    Set in the heart of potato country, Summer TechFest encompasses three consecutive events: East Midlands Potato Day, the Summer Potato Feast and 50 years of Storage Research at Sutton Bridge and registrations are still live at:    East Midlands Potato Day  ...

    27 June 2014

  • Is it practical to store at warmer temperatures?

    Visitors to 50 years of storage research at Sutton Bridge next week will hear the latest research on the optimum temperature to store fresh potatoes while balancing eating quality and skin finish.   Over the last couple of decades storage temperatures for fresh potatoes have got lower explains, AHDB Potatoes pathologist Glyn Harper.   “We typically store at a range of 2 to 3.5°C, in order to...

    27 June 2014

  • The future of potato quality

    50 years of Storage Research taking place at Sutton Bridge next week will have the latest cutting edge research on show, including new technologies that could revolutionise potato quality.   The last decade has seen an increase in report cases of dietary malnutrition from micronutrient deficiencies; in particular iron and zinc, now affecting over half of the world's population. Potatoes a...

    27 June 2014

  • AHDB Potatoes responds to water abstraction reform

    Water use and supply is an essential factor in potato crop production. AHDB recently responded to Environment minister Dan Rogerson’s government consultation on abstraction reform to the 50-year-old licensing system which closed at the end of March.    “The management and efficient use of water is a high priority within the GB potato industry,” explains AHDB Potatoes water expert Chris Steele. “...

    8 April 2014