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  • Taking potato storage seriously pays dividends

    Potato growers are being advised to put as much effort into storage planning as they do into the rest of the growing season. Ewan Stark, Director of Taygrow, delivered the message at a recent AHDB potato storage event held in Perth. He said: “We all put a huge amount of effort into planting, growing and harvesting the crop, but does that attention to detail follow through from growing the crop to...

    11 September 2018

  • New appointments for AHDB Arable Knowledge Exchange

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced four potato-focused appointments to join the newly formed Arable Knowledge Exchange team. Bringing together a wider range of expertise for the industry, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange have united to create a single Arable Team. Graham Bannister has been promoted to Senior Knowledge Exchange (...

    8 August 2018

  • Potato plantings down three per cent amid extreme weather conditions

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) estimates that the total area in Great Britain planted with potatoes is 119,000 hectares(ha), a fall of three per cent on the previous year. This would represent the third-lowest planted area on record. The news comes in a challenging season for potato growers, with an agricultural drought likely to affect yields. AHDB’s Sector Strategy...

    2 August 2018

  • Irrigation a hot topic at SPot Scotland Open Day

    After three weeks without rainfall, AHDB’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm Scotland Open Day took place on the light loams of Bruce Farms near Meigle, Perthshire on Tuesday (10 July). Around 70 growers, agronomists and industry representatives attended, as Bruce Farms Potato Manager, Kerr Howatson and industry expert, Dr Mark Stalham of NIAB CUF, headed both morning and afternoon sessions to advise...

    16 July 2018

  • Industry visit to inspire new robotics & boost crop quality

    Thirty students from AHDB’s £1.4 million PhD programme visited food and agricultural businesses to help boost collaboration and drive innovation from the lab to the industry. The group are all undertaking doctorates in areas of research, which are relevant to agricultural and horticultural industry priorities, to help grow the next generation of technical experts. As part of the tour, students...

    13 July 2018

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