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  • Strategic Potato Farm East – Two years on

    Following a successful second year at the Elveden Estate, the home of Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm East, Andrew Francis, Farm Manager, said: “We became host of SPot farm East in a quest for knowledge...

  • SPot Farm West Results Day signposts better PCN management

    Practical and applied management strategies for the PCN species, Globodera pallida, were discussed at the AHDB SPot Farm West (Heal Farms) Results Day. Over the season, growers had been able to...

  • The benefit of tracking blight genotypes

    Earlier this season AHDB notified growers and agronomists in our blight network about reports of the spread of the blight strain EU_37_A2 in the Netherlands (where it was first found in 2013),...

  • Know the landscape: Unearth your strengths

    Farmbench for Agronomists A good agronomist knows the lay of the land. They know the field they are in, the soil and its likely impact on the crop. They know how this field is differs from the one...

  • First potato storage season for new lower CIPC rates

    In agreement with ‘Step Down’ processes, new lower application rates for CIPC use for the coming season (2017-18) have now been approved. Mike Storey, AHDB’s Head of Resource Management and Chair...

  • Minimising damage at harvest

    Damaged crop costs potato growers £26m a year, and the industry itself over £100m a year. See these helpful videos from AHDB to help ease the risk of damage as we head into the busy time of year...

  • AHDB revitalises blight tool kit

    Late blight, caused by the pathogen Phytophthora infestans, remains the single most important disease for the British potato trade. Spreading quickly in the foliage, a typical blight pressure season...

  • PCN under the microscope in 2017

    “PCN is one of the biggest threats facing the industry. Testing has improved in recent years and as we take more soil from field we find low levels of potato cyst nematodes (PCN) more frequently”...

  • Irrigation and effective early season water management

    Thankfully, we have seen signs of some much-needed rain recently, however the need for efficient water management is as important as ever for UK potato growers. Dr Philip Burgess, Head of...

  • Disease Early Warning Systems

    Could researchers be close to producing electronic, non-destructive sensors to detect soft rot in tubers? Hear more at AHDB Postharvest Showcase, 27th July Disease early warning systems One of...

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