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Grower Gateway - Issue 2, 2012

Publication Date: 
28 February 2012


Space age agronomy on show at the World Potato Congress
This year’s World Potato Congress, to be held in Edinburgh in May and organised by AHDB Potatoes, has attracted a remarkable line-up of international speakers. Grower Gateway examines the notable developments they will be highlighting. More...


AHDB Potatoes Storage Forums taking place in East and West of England
Assess store suitability before using CIPC, urges Adrian Cunnington, head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR), who will offer tips on how to follow best practice at the AHDB Potatoes Storage Forum East on March 1 and the Storage Forum West on March 2.


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. More...


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. More...


Assess crop profitability, advises senior agronomist at Winter Forums
Attention to detail on soil management and water use are crucial for crop profitability, according to Eric Anderson of Scottish Agronomy speaking at the AHDB Potatoes Winter Forums held at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (January 25) and Harper Adams (February 16). More...


Nitrogen uptake discussed at AHDB Potatoes Winter Forum
Applying nitrogen early to potato crops and ensuring nothing restricts its uptake is a key way of boosting yield and reducing fertiliser bills, latest AHDB Potatoes funded research* has shown. More...


E-volution and online planting returns - the way forward
On-line planting returns couldn’t be easier and over 25% of growers, equivalent to 50% of the planted area, have already made the switch and are benifiting from a simple system which saves time and money. More...


Events and publications


March 1: Storage Forum East, Sutton Bridge


March 2: Storage Forum West, Herefordshire racecourse


April 26: South West Potato Day, Frogmary Green Farm, Somerset


May 3: Welsh Potato Day, Puffin Produce, Pembrokeshire


May 27-30: World Potato Congress, Edinburgh 


June 20: West Midlands Potato Day, Corfton Farms, South Shropshire


June: South East Potato Day (date and venue tbc)


July 5: East Midlands Potato Day, Manor Farm, Holbeach Hurn


July 17: Fife Potato Day (venue tbc)


August 9: Potatoes in Practice, Balruddery Farm, Dundee


August 30: East of England Potato Day (Suffolk)


September 4: North of England Potato Day (venue tbc)


September 12-13: Potato Europe, France


November 29: Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research Storage Day


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