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  • ‘Independent research has never been more important’

    Grower Gateway Newsletter Leader Column - Alistair Redpath As he draws to the end of his three year stint as chair of AHDB Potatoes’ Research and KE committee, seed breeder Alistair Redpath reflects on where the industry stands and AHDB’s role moving forward. “The loss of Diquat is a blow to the industry, and with enforced changes to the formulation of products containing Maleic Hydrazide and...

    7 December 2018

  • Mike Storey to retire after 36 years

     Mike Storey: An appreciation  By Adrian Cunnington   Dr R.M.J. (Mike) Storey has been a key player in the potato industry for a long time – some 36 years with AHDB and its predecessor organisations and six years in potato-focused research before that. The time has come for him to retire at Christmas and he will be missed, not only as an effusive enthusiast and supporter of the potato but also...

    5 December 2018

  • Agronomists' Conference 2018

    This year's Agronomists' Conference was held at the Kettering Conference Centre with a programme that looked at late blight, PCN and plant health. Presentations from Day One of this year's Agronomists' Conference can be found by clicking here You can view the full day's stream by clicking the link below - a breakdown of each subject can be found towards the bottom of the page. See research on...

    4 December 2018

  • Applications open for Grow Your Own Potatoes competition

    Growers around the country are being asked to encourage their local primary schools to register for the 2019 Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) competition. Schools can register until 25 January 2019, with up to four growing kits available for each school so classes can compete against each other. Now one of the largest primary school-based growing projects of its kind since its launch in 2005, GYOP...

    3 December 2018

  • Maleic Hydrazide re-approved by EU but…

    The European Union (EU) has renewed the approval of the plant growth regulator Maleic Hydrazide (MH), however new regulatory requirements will now apply to all products containing MH. MH products are used on potatoes for sprout suppression and volunteer control. In accordance with EU regulations, MH products are now required to contain lower levels of hydrazine in order to meet tightening...

    29 November 2018