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  • Irrigation a hot topic at SPot Scotland Open Day

    After three weeks without rainfall, AHDB’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm Scotland Open Day took place on the light loams of Bruce Farms near Meigle, Perthshire on Tuesday (10 July). Around 70 growers, agronomists and industry representatives attended, as Bruce Farms Potato Manager, Kerr Howatson and industry expert, Dr Mark Stalham of NIAB CUF, headed both morning and afternoon sessions to advise...

    16 July 2018

  • Industry visit to inspire new robotics & boost crop quality

    Thirty students from AHDB’s £1.4 million PhD programme visited food and agricultural businesses to help boost collaboration and drive innovation from the lab to the industry. The group are all undertaking doctorates in areas of research, which are relevant to agricultural and horticultural industry priorities, to help grow the next generation of technical experts. As part of the tour, students...

    13 July 2018

  • Application methods the hot topics at SPot West

    he first field walk of SPot West’s 2018 programme focussed on chemical control of PCN and Rhizoctonia as growers and agronomists met at Heal Farms, Shropshire to hear the latest developments on local research. Dr Matthew Back of Harper Adams University presented his research, which has shown that PCN attack helps attract the Rhizoctonia fungus towards the tuber stolons. However, due to the high...

    12 July 2018

  • Strategic Farm water trials have ‘helped me sleep at night’

    Trials on water use completed at Elveden Farms as part of AHDB’s Farm Excellence programme have enabled Farms Director Andrew Francis to react with more accuracy during this summer’s heatwave. This was the verdict he delivered when addressing over 100 visitors to the farm for the Strategic Farm East Open Day on Thursday last week (5 July). “I don’t think any of us are sleeping very well at the...

    11 July 2018

  • Impact calculator helps industry prepare for Brexit

    A new online calculator has been launched this week which will allow farmers and growers to see for the first time how they may be affected by potential Brexit scenarios. It’s part of a wider suite of practical business tools unveiled by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to help farmers and growers review their business performance and remain fit for the future. The Brexit...

    9 July 2018