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  • EU vote paves way for two year restriction on Neonicotinoid insecticides

    A vote in the EU (29 April 2013) has paved the way for the European Commission to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides containing the three actives – imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Of these actives, only thiamethoxam is registered for use on potatoes in GB. The Commission says it wants the restriction to apply from 1 December this year. Fifteen countries voted in favour –...

    1 May 2013

  • Could you be the next HGCA arable monitor farmer?

    Growers with an appetite for innovation and who are looking for ways to boost their business performance are being sought for two additional Arable Monitor Farms in Scotland. HGCA and AHDB Potatoes are looking to recruit two cereals and oilseeds growers, ideally with potatoes in the rotation, to host the next phase of the successful HGCA monitor farm programme in the Fife, Easter Ross and Moray...

    1 May 2013

  • It’s good to talk…and listen. Potato summit improves understanding of challenges faced by all in the potato supply chain.

    Oversupply in 2011 followed by a short season in 2012, on a scale unheard of in over 35 years have created numerous trade tensions along the supply chain.  The combination of two difficult seasons brought some long-standing industry issues home to roost.  By Christmas the AHDB Potatoes Board decided that a safe environment in which to air a whole host of challenges and start to agree how to work...

    25 April 2013

  • BASIS training for potato store managers and advisors

    Limited spaces are available for a two day specialist post-harvest training course, for potato store managers and advisors, on 8 and 9 May. The course will take place at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR), AHDB Potatoes’s state-of-the-art storage facility, near Spalding and will be repeated at the Farm Energy Centre at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 11 and 12 June. “With EU regulations...

    23 April 2013

  • The future of effective sprout control

    CIPC application rates have been revised since this article was first published - for the current rates visit Chlorpropham (CIPC) is long established as the major global sprout suppressant, but whilst EU regulations tighten, the team at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) has been evaluating new alternatives.   Effective sprout suppression is a fundamental...

    8 April 2013