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  • Glyphosate and seed potatoes

    Glyphosate is a non-selective weed-killer which is incredibly damaging to seed potatoes. Even at levels which cannot be detected it can cause horrendous problems with germination and emergence in the daughter crop. Often unnoticed until the seed crop has been replanted, contamination causes lengthy and costly commercial disputes.    Damage is rarely seen in the crop that receives the accidental...

    29 June 2015

  • Coastal potato growers aim to bag local market

    Three Musketeers, a £12million marketing operation known as 3Ms which trades as a mutual for six major farming businesses along the Suffolk coast, began harvesting its new potato crop on May 29 – 10 days later than last year, when weather conditions were more favourable.   The county’s potatoes, many grown in the light, sandy soils of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, supply major supermarkets up and...

  • Three Musketeers aim to put Suffolk potato on the map

    Teamwork works much better than competition when it comes to marketing potatoes. “It’s the teamwork that makes us unique,” says managing director of potato marketing business Three Musketeers Ltd, Edward Blanchard. “We [the farmers] share best practice, and that bit of competition means that in a very open way we are competing with each other on a fair basis. There’s no looking over the...

  • New AHDB branding launched at Cereals

    New branding and a proposed new way of working for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) was formally launched at today’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire. This will see AHDB’s sector-focused activity delivered under six brands, AHDB Beef and Lamb, AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, AHDB Dairy, AHDB Horticulture, AHDB Pork and AHDB Potatoes. Cross sector projects will be delivered as...

    10 June 2015

  • AHDB to lead new crop nutrition manual (RB209)

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is leading a new consortium of partners in a flagship industry project to bring the very latest in nutrient research to UK farmers. AHDB has committed £95,000 to independently review information in the current Fertiliser Manual (RB209) as well as nutrient management research released since the eighth edition of RB209 was last published by...

    5 June 2015