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  • Fight Against Blight update - September 2018

    By Dr David Cooke, James Hutton Institute Having experienced one of the driest seasons since the Fight Against Blight began - clearly the weather has had a major impact.  After some early appearances on discard piles in Kent in mid-April, we have received very few recorded outbreaks compared to previous years. This has allowed us the time to genotype the samples as they arrived in the lab, and we...

    19 September 2018

  • Seed Industry Event: Making the most of the global marketplace

    How to make the most of the global export market post Brexit will be one of the major themes of this year’s Seed Industry Event held on 15 November in St Andrew’s. The event – held once every two years – brings together a range of international experts on seed potatoes who update the industry on key issues such as plant health, exports and marketing. This year, with just months to go before...

    12 September 2018

  • British seed potatoes to china

    China’s developing taste for chips and crisps will soon be fuelled by British produce, after International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP recently signed a deal which allows the UK to export British seed potatoes to China. AHDB’s Exports team have been actively involved in discussions for over 10 years, working initially with Scottish Government and Defra to ensure that GB had a workable protocol...

    12 September 2018

  • Taking potato storage seriously pays dividends

    Potato growers are being advised to put as much effort into storage planning as they do into the rest of the growing season. Ewan Stark, Director of Taygrow, delivered the message at a recent AHDB potato storage event held in Perth. He said: “We all put a huge amount of effort into planting, growing and harvesting the crop, but does that attention to detail follow through from growing the crop to...

    11 September 2018

  • Education sponsorship opportunity

    Agriculture Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is looking for potato industry representatives to sponsor the Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) project, to help it continue and develop. Running since 2004, GYOP is a hands on initiative for primary aged children (5-11) and each year 15,000 growing kits are delivered into primary schools nationwide. The project educates more than 400,000 primary...

    9 September 2018