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  • Organic matter matters at SPot North Field Walk - 6 June

    There were more than 50 visitors to Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm North for the first field walk of the season at RJ & AE Godfrey’s Eastoft Grange Farm. The growers and agronomists in attendance were introduced to three the trials and demonstrations running at the North Lincolnshire site this season. The trials and demonstrations: Irrigation Pre-emergence weed control Organic matter...

    4 July 2019

  • Aggressive 36_A2 blight strain detected by new rapid genotyping service

    The recent warm, wet weather in many regions has created the perfect conditions for potato blight development. AHDB blight scouts, a network of growers and agronomists who submit samples for testing, have submitted a flurry of samples in June – compared to a quiet start to the year after a dry April and May. In the samples already tested there have been findings of 36_A2, an aggressive strain of...

    25 June 2019

  • Label restriction on Maleic Hydrazide products for 2019 & grower Q&A

    There is a new restriction on the use of some products containing Maleic Hydrazide (MH) that means potatoes treated with such products cannot be fed to livestock in the UK. This follows and Amendment Notice issued by CRD last November. Maleic Hydrazide is the active substance in growth regulating products such as Itcan SL270, Crown MH, Fazor and Source II used for the control of volunteers and to...

    21 June 2019

  • Industry statement on Chlorpropham (CIPC)

    We understand that on 17 June 2019 the European Union’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General Appeal Committee concluded Chlorpropham’s (CIPC) approval for use both as a herbicide and as a sprout suppressant cannot be renewed. CIPC has been undergoing a routine review in Europe since 2015 and it has been discussed at successive SCoPAFF (Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed)...

    19 June 2019

  • 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

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