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  • Industry tour to inspire next generation of crop scientists

    AHDB-funded PhD students will grow their understanding of the practical applications of science in horticulture at a series of visits next week (3 – 4 August). The group – who are all undertaking doctorates in arable or horticultural disciplines – will be given a whistle-stop tour of the industry, taking in five growers in the Chichester area over the course of two days. AHDB has organised the...

    28 July 2016

  • Pioneering SPot Farm hosts share new innovations

    W B Daw & Son, hosts of the very first AHDB Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm, opened their doors on a new site in Thorpe Constantine, Staffordshire, 19 July, engaging over 100 industry peers in discussions of best practice in the face of new challenges for the second season at SPot Farm West. The SPot Farm offers growers an insight into how new systems and practice can be implemented on their own...

    27 July 2016

  • Next Generation follow supply chain relationships from field to fork

    AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation continued to explore GB’s diverse potato industry with a processing-focussed, whole supply chain day at McCain GB Foods Ltd Headquarters in Scarborough recently. Demonstrating how customer satisfaction starts with a quality crop; the visit incorporated crop production processes at local potato seed and ware growers, James Stockdale Ltd (‘Stockdales’), before a tour...

    25 July 2016

  • Cross-sector funding secured for crop studies

    Four new projects addressing challenges in soil and water management in crop rotations have been awarded £1.2m in cross-sector funding from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Led by 14 organisations from across the agricultural and horticultural industries including NIAB CUF, Rothamsted Research, the James Hutton Institute and Lancaster University, the interrelated...

  • Growers offered help with ‘water sensitive farming’ projects

    A renewed drive has been launched to convince farmers of the benefits of “water sensitive farming” – with funding available for projects to reduce erosion and pollution from agricultural land. The soil is a farmer’s most precious possession – but it does no-one any good unless it stays in the field. Erosion and run-off bring the twin problems of sediment and pollutants flowing into waterways,...