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  • SPotting critical spud issues the first priority for new East hosts

    Suffolk-based growers James Foskett Farms Ltd will be taking up the reins as our Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm East host this autumn. The appointment comes following the end of the three-year programme at Elveden, who will continue to host a number of events this month and later this year as part of the transition period. Farm Manager at James Foskett, Mike Shapland, said: “We offer a good...

    10 June 2019

  • AHDB Potatoes funds one-to-one storage advice amidst changes

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched its new Storage Network, as part of an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage support. Potato Store Managers from levy-paying businesses will be able to call on the network for a site visit and one-to-one advice, delivered by independent advisors who have received training and information from AHDB...

    6 June 2019

  • Summer/Autumn Events Preview

    There are more events for you to attend this year than ever before, offering you a chance to discuss key subjects with independent experts, AHDB team members and other growers. You can find the right event for you via our new events portal. Where you can search by sector and/or location and register direct from the website. Events Exhibitions, large field events and conferences Yorkshire Variety...

    5 June 2019

  • BLOG: What's in store at SPot North in 2019?

    By Amber Cottingham, Knowledge Exchange Manager for East Midlands June 2019 As we begin our second year of the programme at Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm North with our hosts; RJ & AE Godfrey it seems like the perfect time to let you know what we have going on this season. Firstly we’ve carried over our herbicide trial work, looking at both contact and residual herbicides again for this year....

    5 June 2019

  • Irrigation prospects for 2019 downgraded

    The Environment Agency has downgraded irrigation prospects for the 2019 season due to lower than average rainfall and available weather forecasts. Prospects in East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire are now rated ‘poor’ meaning that growers are likely to face restrictions on abstraction for irrigation during the growing season due to low water levels. Many other areas are assessed as...

    8 May 2019

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