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  • Rural Development Programme England (RDPE)

      Funding for Agricultural, Forestry, Rural Businesses and Communities Since taking over responsibility for the delivery of the RDPE socio-economic elements, through the newly established RDPE Delivery Teams, Defra is providing a strong lead on the priorities for delivery. In particular, Defra has refocused remaining socio-economic resources (circa £100 million) of RDPE in line with the...

    23 March 2012

  • Scientific Opinion on the annual Post-Market Environmental Monitoring (PMEM) report from BASF on the cultivation of genetically modified potato in 2010

    Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA GMO Panel) assessed the monitoring report for the 2010 cultivation season of GM potato EH92-527-1 (variety Amflora) provided by BASF. See link below

  • Dealing with drought

    A new AHDB Potatoes report carried out by Cranfield University aims to help growers better understand the implications of the developing drought across key potato-producing areas of England.    The study puts some substantive figures behind the recent Environment Agency (EA) drought report and what it means for soil moisture availability and the implications for crop establishment in the...

    28 February 2012

  • Applying Farmyard manure? Take account of the potassium content

    There is no pressing need to change potato potash fertiliser recommendations.  But many more growers applying farmyard manure must take account of its potassium content; and all, but especially those in the north, should keep a close watch on soil magnesium levels.    Those are key conclusions of a recent AHDB Potatoes research review conducted by ADAS/SAC aiming to help boost growers’...

    28 February 2012

  • Potato industry reaps benefits of new computer vision technology

    A prototype computer vision system to identify sub-standard potatoes will be presented by computer scientists from the University of Lincoln at the triennial conference 'Crop Protection in Northern Britain’, taking place in Dundee this week. Post-graduate students from the Centre for Vision and Robotics Research played a major role in the project with Michael Barnes (PhD student) undertaking...