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  • 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

  • Potato stocks down 13% on five-year average

    Following the tough 2018 growing season, the latest estimates from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) show British potato stock levels were down 13 per cent on the five-year average. Levels were however comparable to other tight supply seasons, for example they are only slightly lower than at the same point in 2013/14 and 2015/16, while higher than 2012/13. Estimates show...

    23 April 2019

  • Bud the Spud joins the MOB!

    Bud the Spud, star of our Potatoes: More than a bit on the side campaign, has joined the MOB. That's the MOB kitchen, the online cooking channel popular with students and millennials. In the latest of a series of partnerships with food bloggers and vloggers who influence young people and the food they cook, he teamed up with MOB Kitchen to produce three exclusive hasselback potatoes recipes. The...

    15 April 2019

  • Major shake-up of weed investment required

    The UK’s approach to weed management investment needs to be overhauled, if the needs of industry are to be met. This was a key conclusion of the first ever major cross-sector review of weed management, commissioned by AHDB and BBRO. According to the review, essential weed management information could be lost to the industry unless key sources of reference material are identified and archived. In...

    8 April 2019

  • New sector board members join AHDB Potatoes

    This month saw three new additions to the AHDB Potatoes board: Aberdeenshire-based grower Jim Cargill; Somerset-based grower Chris Wilson; and Alison Levett, who joined as an independent board member. The three new sector board members all took up their positons as of 1 April. Appointments are for three years. Second generation farmer, Jim Cargill is based at Coldstream Farm, where he produces...

    8 April 2019