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  • New webinar series digs into soil health

    The impact of soil health on business performance is the focus of an AHDB-funded webinar on 27 July. Registrations are now open for the online event, which is the first of three being delivered under AHDB Horticulture’s GREATsoils programme. ‘Soil Health and the Bottom Line’ will take a holistic view of the chemistry, biology and physics of soil as well as the threats, opportunities and benefits...

    12 July 2016

  • Wet weather stretches blight spraying intervals

    Potato blight is appearing in crops early this year, particularly in parts of England, following warm and moist weather.

  • Growers dig into on-farm innovations at SPot Farm East

    Over 120 growers, agronomists and trade representatives saw demonstrations of best practice growing and new innovations in action at the first Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm ‘Super Tuesday’ of the year at Elveden Estate, West Suffolk, 5 July.  “We’ve long thought about how we can turn the great research, undertaken and supported by AHDB with scientific institutions across the UK, into something...

    12 July 2016

  • Tesco unveils long-term cost-covering potato contracts

    Farmers Weekly Growers have hailed the principle behind Tesco’s new long-term potato contracts, which aim to cover their cost of production. From September, some potato growers supplying through the supermarket’s packers – Branston and Greenvale – will be offered direct contracts. These contracts will guarantee in advance the volume of crop Tesco will buy for three years. The growers, part of the...

  • 6 top tips to minimise compaction at harvest

    Farmers Weekly Climate predictions indicate that for the next 20 years there is a 35-40% chance of a wetter-than-average summer, giving rise to the potential for disrupted and challenging harvests. Aside from the yield and quality implications, soil health can be severely affected too. Experts share their tips on how minimise compaction at harvest. See also: Rules reminder: Stay road legal this...