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  • Five new AHDB sector board members appointed in April 2016

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed five new members to its specialist sector boards. Reuben Collins has joined its Potato Sector Board, Dr Louise Sutherland the Horticulture Sector Board; Ben Schadla-Hall and Andrew Osmond the Cereals & Oilseeds Sector Board, and Richard Soffe the Dairy Sector Board. They were recruited through open competition with...

    29 April 2016

  • Key events for potato growers

      Scotland is set to host a number of important potato sector events in the coming months. AHDB Potatoes is highlighting the dates for three key events set to take place in July, August and November. Claire Hodge, Knowledge Transfer Manager for AHDB Potatoes in Scotland, explains more: “Once the majority of growers have finished planting, we are keen to draw their attention to these three key...

    4 May 2016

  • Breakthrough in identifying blight resistance enables rapid crop improvement

    A recent breakthrough in identifying resistance to an important global disease of potatoes has opened the door for rapid improvement of crops to prevent losses. Potato late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is a severe threat to the production of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide. Scientists from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have developed a faster and more...

  • Imported potato prices beginning to match domestic

    With potato prices remaining on a high there are signs of levels stabilising and some buyers are hanging back from the market.

  • 15 grower tweets as crops hit by crazy April snow showers

    Farmers Weekly It might be the last week of April but the weather had other ideas earlier on Tuesday (26 April) as snow, sleet and hail battered crops across much of the country, to the surprise of growers. Temperatures have plummeted in the past week or so, resulting in huge variations in crop growth and far from ideal conditions for drilling and spraying. The crazy April weather is a complete...