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  • Time to engage in governments’ water abstraction reform

      Environment minister Dan Rogerson recently launched a government consultation on abstraction reform to the 50-year-old licensing system. Water use and supply is an essential factor in potato crop production and AHDB Potatoes urges the industry to take a pro-active approach to ensure security of supply.   Our current abstraction system is said to be no longer flexible enough to deal with the...

    28 February 2014

  • Secure your space for the Storage 2020 International Potato Conference

      Next month over 200 growers, packers, processors, retailers, researchers, specialists, consultants, and international visitors are expected to attend the Storage 2020 International Conference at Peterborough Arena.    The Storage 2020 International Conference, sponsored by Certis, takes place 13 February and has a unique agenda focused on the future of 365 days a year potato supply.     The...

    3 February 2014

  • New plant health risk register

      January 20th saw the launch of Defra’s Plant Health Risk Register, which is now publicly available.   The Plant Health Risk Register represents a major step in implementing the recommendations of the independent Task Force on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity.       It is a tool for government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases which threaten our crops,...

    3 February 2014

  • Seed potato health vital for growers – and the entire industry

    With growers becoming increasingly aware of the significance of plant health and bio-security, the seed potato team at AHDB Potatoes have been working hard with plant health authorities to encourage the potato industry to grow only healthy seed potatoes.   Robert Burns, head of seed and export at AHDB Potatoes and a former government plant health expert, is keen to communicate this message,...

    3 February 2014

  • Do you know how to distinguish and control Alternaria, or early blight?

      Although not in the same league as late blight, it is important to understand the potentially damaging effects of Alternaria   At AHDB Potatoes’s recent Winter Forum West in Shropshire, John Keer of Richard Austin Agriculture told a room full of growers and industry what we know about Alternaria and the way in which the two species can affect potato crops.    John advised “For clarity, as both...

    3 February 2014