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  • 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

  • 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

  • BLOG: What's in store at SPot North in 2019?

    By Amber Cottingham, Knowledge Exchange Manager for East Midlands June 2019 As we begin our second year of the programme at Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm North with our hosts; RJ & AE Godfrey it seems like the perfect time to let you know what we have going on this season. Firstly we’ve carried over our herbicide trial work, looking at both contact and residual herbicides again for this year....

    5 June 2019

  • Irrigation prospects for 2019 downgraded

    The Environment Agency has downgraded irrigation prospects for the 2019 season due to lower than average rainfall and available weather forecasts. Prospects in East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire are now rated ‘poor’ meaning that growers are likely to face restrictions on abstraction for irrigation during the growing season due to low water levels. Many other areas are assessed as...

    8 May 2019

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