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  • Potato farmers reminded of new dose rate limit for stored potato crops

    Potato farmers and contractors are being reminded of a new dose rate limit for stored potato crops this season. This change is part of the gradual annual reduction in CIPC total dose permitted, and is a core component of the CIPC stewardship process. Chlorpropham (or CIPC) is isopropyl-N-(3-chlorophenyl) carbamate, and is widely used as an agrochemical applied to stored potatoes. It works by...

    23 August 2016

    Source: Farming UK

  • Hundreds attend Potatoes in Practice 2016

    Despite a soggy start to the day, more than 700 farmers, scientists, policymakers and potato industry representatives visited the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm to take part in Potatoes in Practice 2016 - the UK’s largest field-based event in the potato industry calendar. Organised and hosted by the James Hutton Institute in partnership with AHDB Potatoes, SRUC (Scotland's Rural College...

    12 August 2016

    Source: The James Hutton Institute

  • Push to make the humble potato a Chinese staple

    Scottish know-how could soon be helping potatoes push rice to one side of dinner bowls in China following the promise of greater collaboration between Asia’s largest commercial grower of the crop and a Dundee-based research institute. Hailing the James Hutton Institute as “number one” in terms of research into the crop, China’s self styled “King of Potato”, Liaing Xisen, said he was keen to build...

    12 August 2016

    Source: The Scotsman

  • The surprisingly complex chemistry of the humble spud

    Not all potatoes love the deep fat fryer, and not every variety will sing in a salad. BBC Future looks at the secret properties that make certain spuds the right one for the job. Baked, mashed, boiled, fried – in a general sense, it's hard to do potatoes wrong. There's something about the fluffiness of a well-baked potato, the crunch of a nice chip, the creaminess of mash (the best recipe I know...

    26 February 2016

    Source: BBC Future

  • Retailer recognition is lifting potatoes from the doldrums

    A British potato supply base is of huge importance to UK retailers  Consumer concern over carbohydrates has often worked to the detriment of the potato sector despite the product being a staple of the traditional British evening meal. But, buoyed by the announcement of new, longer-term supply deals, potatoes are fighting back. Produce Business UK finds out more Major players committing to new...

    9 August 2016

    Source: Produce Business UK

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