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  • Potato varieties – Spraing to mind

    It may not have turned out to be a season with big spraing problems, but free-living nematodes haven’t gone away. CPM looks at managing the threat. “The challenge for breeders is to maintain all the end-user requirements in a variety while introducing traits for resistance to pests and diseases.” By Lucy de la Pasture As all potato growers know all too well, it’s a peculiar market where varieties...

    12 October 2016

    Source: CPM Magazine

  • Myzus warning for potato and brassica growers

    Brassica and potato growers have been warned to monitor their crops carefully this autumn after numbers of Myzus persicae aphids caught in Rothamsted monitoring stations were found to be seven times higher than the same time in 2015. Aphid numbers are also exceeding those counted in 2014, considered a ‘serious risk year’ according to Syngenta. Myzus is considered the key vector of TuYV in oilseed...

    10 October 2016

    Source: Horticulture Week

  • The potato re-brand - from spud to superfood

    Spuds, taters, tatties… whatever you call them, potatoes have been a constant in our kitchens for many a year; always there when you’re in need of comfort, a hearty meal, a familiar friend. And yet the potato has been having a bit of a hard time lately. Unceremoniously pushed out of the limelight by its new younger sibling, the sweet potato, the classic spud has been sadly neglected as the all-...

    10 October 2016


  • McCain’s Menu Mixer Shows the Potential of the Potato

    When formulating new meals, even the most seasoned chefs and caterers can find themselves hitting a brick wall. With so many things to consider, from costs, to prep requirements, to gaging what new menu items will encourage uptake, pinning down recipes that meet such a varied range of requirements can be trickier than it may first seem. That’s why with their latest campaign, McCain Foodservice...


  • Precision farming technology uptake barriers identified

    Barriers to the adoption and development of precision farming technologies within the cereals and oilseeds sector have been identified in an AHDB review. Looking at the past, present and future of precision agriculture (PA), the in-house review was conducted to identify ways to improve the uptake of precision farming technology in the UK. The review culminated in several key recommendations for...

    22 September 2016

    Source: Farming Futures