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  • To improve crop yields start with best practice seed management

    With the start of 2013 planting under way, Simon Alexander of SA Consulting notes the importance of good seed management this season. It’s vital to be ready for seed deliveries, and when they do arrive, check the delivery and know what’s in there. “Bags should be labelled and carry the appropriate seal from the certifying authority. Inspect the seed and where necessary wash a sample to ensure its...

    8 April 2013

  • New on-line PCN model launched

      AHDB Potatoes has recently launched a new on-line model for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN), replacing an older CD version. The new pallida model is more user friendly allowing more flexibility to look at “what if” scenarios.    PCN is the most significant pest of potatoes in Britain, with an estimated 64% of potato land infested, with Globodera pallida being the dominant species. Estimated crop...

    8 April 2013

  • New AHDB Potatoes studentships ensure future research capability in the potato sector

    As part of the new look AHDB studentship scheme to be launched this summer, AHDB Potatoes has announced that it will fund four studentships starting in Autumn 2013. Addressing industry priorities as outlined inthe AHDB Potatoes’s R&D strategy 2012-15, the aim of the studentship scheme is to produce original research, leading to benefits to the potato industry. Crucially the scheme intends to...

    4 April 2013

  • First-time technical event for chip shop supply sector

    A key sector of the potato industry met in Cambridgeshire this week at AHDB Potatoes’s first time early-evening event, targeted exclusively at this important sector of the supply chain – chip shop growers and suppliers. The informal evening programme, hosted by AHDB Potatoes’s Gary Collins and sponsored by Crowland Fresh Produce and Agrico (UK) Ltd, offered a chance for growers and suppliers to...

    22 March 2013

  • What to do with seed if planting is delayed

    Simple measures to preserve seed potato quality in the period between farm delivery and planting were discussed at the Sutton Bridge Storage Event, coinciding with the issue of a new Seed Storage Technical Note. Hosting a workshop session with Sutton Bridge colleague Dr Glyn Harper, AHDB Potatoes’s Communications Officer Sophie Lock described that a recent seed survey of 170 businesses revealed a...

    9 March 2013