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  • New honour launched on 20th anniversary of Potato Industry Award

    2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the highly coveted Potato Industry Award, to be presented to a new winner at the ever-popular AHDB Seed Industry Event dinner, Fife, Scotland on 3 November (www.seedevent.co.uk). A new, second category of honour has been announced, two decades on from the launch of the original award, to partner the long-standing accolade for high achievers. The 'AHDB Above...

    26 August 2016

  • AHDB appoints new comms manager in Scotland

    AHDB's Scottish staff and board members – from left, Claire Hodge, Rebecca Geraghty, Doreen Anderson, Rob Burns, Sarah Hunter-Argyle, George Lyon, Alistair Melrose and Margaret Skinner   AHDB’s work in Scotland is being boosted with the appointment of Sarah Hunter-Argyle as its new dedicated Scottish communications manager.  Sarah joins AHDB from a communications role at SRUC. Based in AHDB’s...

    23 August 2016

  • Three-crop rule to remain for BPS 2017 scheme

    Farmers Weekly The “three-crop rule” which aims to ensure that farming practices benefit the environment will remain in place for the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme, Defra has confirmed. The European Commission has not yet confirmed the full set of BPS greening rules which will apply for the 2017 scheme year. This means that the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) cannot publish full greening guidance at the...

  • Potato farmers reminded of new dose rate limit for stored potato crops

    Potato farmers and contractors are being reminded of a new dose rate limit for stored potato crops this season. This change is part of the gradual annual reduction in CIPC total dose permitted, and is a core component of the CIPC stewardship process. Chlorpropham (or CIPC) is isopropyl-N-(3-chlorophenyl) carbamate, and is widely used as an agrochemical applied to stored potatoes. It works by...

  • Advice on using adjuvants to control and cut spray drift

    Farmers Weekly Pairing sprays with an adjuvant can provide growers with greater levels of weed and disease control thanks to a better quality application. Sometimes misunderstood, adjuvants do not actually have any fungicide, pesticide or herbicide activity, but they can enhance the performance of chemical options, especially those with dwindling efficacy. In some cases improved application makes...

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