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  • Seed and science from Britain at Europe’s leading potato trade event

    ‘Brexit’ or no this summer, GB’s seed potato and science community and AHDB Potatoes will be returning to Europe’s key international potato trade and technical event, Potato Europe, 14-15 September 2016, in Villers St Christophe, Aisne, France. Seed potatoes from Britain have earned a good reputation around the world for high health and high quality and AHDB Potatoes is inviting GB’s seed and...

    15 March 2016

  • Aphids forecast to fly earlier than average this spring

    Aphid pests of brassica, cereals and potatoes are forecast to fly two to three weeks earlier than average this spring, according to the AHDB Aphid News service. The long run of aphid data from the suction-trap network, managed by Rothamsted Research, combined with the long run of weather data available from the Met Office and others, make it possible for the start of aphid flights and aphid...

    10 March 2016

  • Potato growers told to get ‘more mileage’ out of CIPC sprout suppressant

    Getting “more mileage” out of a key potato sprout suppressant will be imperative when label changes come into force this season, growers have been told. Subject to approval for the 2016-17 season, new statutory limits on total chlorpropham (CIPC) sprout suppressant dose will be lowered to 24g/t for the fresh potato market and 42g/t for processing. The maximum total dose for processing potatoes...

  • Influencing the influencers

    AHDB Potatoes turns to top bloggers to boost campaign Consumers are exposed to a constant stream of messages, day and night, and as they start to ‘switch off’ from professional advice – particularly when it comes to health – food industry marketing needs to adapt, according to AHDB Potatoes. Nick White, head of marketing and corporate affairs at AHDB Potatoes, said: “Reports suggest that eight...

    9 March 2016

  • Fresh potato sales enjoy post-Christmas increase

    "The decline in fresh potato sales has abated and we are now seeing an increase," James Lee, business unit manager at Greenvale's recently established agronomy division Produce Solutions, told a Syngenta potato seminar earlier this month. "This time last year we were seeing vast price deflation but that's now tailed off, and we have seen a decline in the number of promotions on potatoes,...