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  • Strategic Farm water trials have ‘helped me sleep at night’

    Trials on water use completed at Elveden Farms as part of AHDB’s Farm Excellence programme have enabled Farms Director Andrew Francis to react with more accuracy during this summer’s heatwave. This was the verdict he delivered when addressing over 100 visitors to the farm for the Strategic Farm East Open Day on Thursday last week (5 July). “I don’t think any of us are sleeping very well at the...

    11 July 2018

  • Impact calculator helps industry prepare for Brexit

    A new online calculator has been launched this week which will allow farmers and growers to see for the first time how they may be affected by potential Brexit scenarios. It’s part of a wider suite of practical business tools unveiled by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to help farmers and growers review their business performance and remain fit for the future. The Brexit...

    9 July 2018

  • Seed potato varieties approved for export to Kenya

    Three potato varieties have been recommended for release in Kenya thanks to the joint efforts of AHDB, James Hutton Ltd, SASA and Seeds2B Africa (part of the Syngenta Foundation). Ten potato varieties were trialed at three separate farms over two seasons with free variety Cara, and two James Hutton Ltd varieties, Gemson and Lady Balfour, making the grade. The approval opens the door for GB...

    3 July 2018

  • Precision potato production focus at SPot Scotland

    Using precision farming for potato production will be under the spotlight at this year’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm Scotland Open Day on Tuesday 10 July. AHDB’s Strategic Farms are used to drive research in to practice through the demonstration of cutting-edge techniques - appropriate to the region and market sector - in a commercial-scale growing environment. At the Open Day there will be...

    3 July 2018

  • Long-term water plans needed as temperatures soar

    AHDB is reminding farmers and growers to review their water usage and take steps to build resilience into their long-term supply, as temperatures hit record highs this week. With just half a day without water meaning disaster for a crop of cucumbers – continuity of water supply is essential for crop growth, especially for those grown in nurseries. Water is vital for all agricultural and...

    29 June 2018