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  • Why your combine could be killing crop yields

    Farmers Weekly ©Gary Hawkins/Rex Shutterstock Careful harvest planning and practising good hygiene will help contain blackgrass to contaminated fields and avoid its inadvertent spread between fields and farms. As they gear up for harvest, growers should build a map of blackgrass patches and get them tested for herbicide resistance, according to Ben Giles, commercial technical manager at Bayer...

  • Eastern counties tackle issues at leading potato gathering

    There was no shortage of opinions and ideas at the recent East Midlands Potato Day, sponsored by AHDB Potatoes and held recently at leading growers and packers QV Foods in Lincolnshire. On what was one of the warmest days of the summer so far, the eastern counties’ potato industry met to debate the hot topics of the moment. Welcoming the gathering, Chairman of QV Foods, Duncan Worth told the...

    8 July 2015

  • AHDB Next Generation group explore potato processing

    The AHDB Potatoes ‘Next Generation’ tour kicked off in Yorkshire last month, visiting two progressive Yorkshire based potato businesses. The day focused on processing, a star performer of the £4.1bn GB potato industry.   The first session in Scarborough was hosted at the GB headquarters of McCain Foods. As the largest UK purchaser of potatoes, McCain utilises 15% of the annual crop to supply its...

    2 July 2015

  • 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...