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  • Outstanding candidates sought for industry awards

    Nominations are now being sought for the British Potato Industry Award and the AHDB Above and Beyond Award. The two awards are given out annually to some of the sector’s most dedicated and talented individuals, those who have made a genuine difference to the industry. AHDB Potato Board Chair, Sophie Churchill OBE, explains: “We want to recognise and celebrate the significant achievements of those...

    8 June 2018

  • AHDB explores Cuban export potential

    AHDB is encouraging seed potato producers to consider Cuba as an export destination after recent meetings with Government officials in the country. While GB producers are technically able to export to Cuba they have not been able to take advantage of this market due to a lack of awareness on how to get products into the country. However, fresh discussions have led to the development of a clear...

    7 June 2018

  • Potato producer input vital to SPot Farm Scotland

    The importance of grower input to the Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm Scotland was emphasized at a recent site visit by the NFUS Potatoes Committee. The group gathered to discuss recent trials with Kerr Howatson, Farm Manager for Bruce Farms, and Claire Hodge, Knowledge Exchange Manager for AHDB who manages the project. Claire explained that many of the trials had been adapted due to feedback from...

    30 May 2018

  • New industry guidelines on late blight following EU_37 discovery

    New guidance on how the potato industry should respond to reduced fluazinam sensitivity in late Blight populations has been revealed. Funded by AHDB, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) worked alongside ADAS to produce the guidance on the management of blight given the prevalence of a strain of the potato blight pathogen, named genotype EU_37, which has proven to be less sensitive to the common...

    9 May 2018

  • Potato stocks high, but marketing season may extend

    The stocks of potatoes held by growers at the end of March totalled 1.3Mt according to an Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board estimate. This is a similar level to the same period in 2015 and approximately 300Kt more than the 2017 estimate. It comes as no surprise following the high production figures of 6.04Mt seen in 2017. Amber Cottingham, analyst at AHDB Potatoes, said: “So far this...

    27 April 2018