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  • Welsh potato growers unite to tackle wireworm

    Over 40 potato growers and agronomists met at AHDB Potatoes’ Welsh Potato Day near Haverfordwest last week (2 February) to exchange technical knowledge aimed at producing the perfect crop. Pembrokeshire is renowned nationally for producing high-quality potatoes using an eco-friendly farming system, where potatoes are usually grown in rotation with grassland. This method has many benefits...

    12 February 2018

  • Potato Growers provided with improved tools to tackle PCN

    The findings from on-farm trials could help combat a deadly potato disease that causes around £26 million worth of damage to crops in the UK each year. According to demonstrations carried out by AHDB Potatoes and Harper Adams University, the use of fluopyram, previously used as a fungicide, as a nematicide provided a yield increase to a range of potato varieties at a farm with very high levels of...

    8 February 2018

  • Strong yields for GB potato seed sent to Kenya for trials

    GB potato seed sent out to Kenya has performed strongly on three Kenyan trial sites. AHDB and SASA have been working together to open the Kenyan market to GB seed since a bilateral agreement was signed by the Scottish and Kenyan governments late in 2016. This resulted in well-known British varieties being exported to Kenya and planted in three different farms to assess the yield and quality, and...

    7 February 2018

  • GB potato stocks up 23 per cent on previous season

    AHDB has today (6 February 2018) announced that GB potato stock levels for the end of November are estimated at 3.6M tonnes, the highest level for this point in the season since 2011/12. Amber Cottingham, Analyst for AHDB Potatoes, said: “Last December we estimated the GB production figures to be up by around 15 per cent, at 6.04M tonnes, so the increase in stocks held in store has been expected...

    6 February 2018

  • “Trials for the Industry” at AHDB SPot East improve water use

    Results from trials held at the Elveden Farm Estate, Suffolk were revealed on Thursday (11 January 2018) as growers and agronomists gathered at Newmarket Racecourse for SPot farm East Results Day. “Following a successful second year, Andrew Francis, Farm Manager, said: “We became host of SPot farm East in a quest for knowledge, and we continue to learn.  We have several challenges that face our...

    22 January 2018