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  • Fight Against Blight and our site

    Growers have seen mixed fortunes in the weather this August, which has been keeping scouts and the blight team at the James Hutton Institute very busy. A sustained period of wet weather in Scotland has triggered challenging conditions, with a high number of samples sent into the Hutton despite the use of some robust spray programmes. Large parts of England and Wales have also seen high blight...

    3 September 2019

  • AHDB host desiccation events to aid growers

    AHDB Potatoes is to host a range of events designed to help growers fine-tune their desiccation programme following the loss of diquat. This ban has had significant ramifications for multiple grower’s desiccation strategies, due to its common usage, and the limited alternatives available that are as effective and economical. In response to this potential ban, AHDBs Strategic Farm programme has...

    9 August 2019

  • AHDB invests in practical support for growers facing chemistry loss

    AHDB’s Strategic Potato Farm network is carrying out a variety of trials to ensure growers have effective alternatives for banned chemicals such as diquat and CIPC. The trials currently being undertaken on the network of five farms – based in Perthshire, West Suffolk, Shropshire, Somerset and North Lincolnshire – are supported by research funded by AHDB, ensuring the results are both robust and...

    8 August 2019

  • Changes to Safe Haven Standards will support long term health of GB potato industry

    Red Tractor are looking for industry feedback on potential changes to the Safe Haven Standards, the seed potato assurance scheme. New standards likely to be added to the scheme cover areas such as water use, storage best practice and traceability. The strengthened standards will now mean that the scheme will also cover Brown Rot and Epitrix on top of the existing coverage of Ring Rot and Dickeya...

    8 August 2019

  • Label restrictions on Maleic Hydrazide products lifted

    The restriction on the use of products containing Maleic Hydrazide (MH) has been removed following a review by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of the HSE. The now-lifted restrictions followed an amendment to labels in November and meant that potatoes and other crops treated with such products could not be fed to livestock in the UK. The decision will be welcome news to growers and was...

    24 July 2019