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  • AHDB Storage Network workshop

    Are you a storage advisor? Join our network! During 2019, we will be making it easier than ever for store managers to receive independent advice, based on the latest storage research. Our new Storage Network project involves using specialist trainers and advisors from industry to boost the services we already provide from Sutton Bridge. This will allow us to share research results and best...

    13 December 2018

  • Potato production hits lowest level since 2012

    The total potato harvest is 13% down on the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes at 4.9m tonnes, according to the annual Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) estimate. The relatively low production figure is a result of an estimated 4.4% drop in planted area, and a 12% drop in average yield. The crop was heavily impacted by a combination of late planting and the prolonged hot and dry...

    11 December 2018

  • Integrated control only way to stop spread of PCN

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has published updated recommendations for the management of Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN). Dr Anne Stone, Knowledge Transfer Manager at AHDB Potatoes, has edited a new PCN Grower Guide, and said: “As we revealed last month, PCN continues to spread into new areas across Britain. The only way we’re going to stop the spread is through an...

    4 December 2018

  • Fungicide testing sheds more light on emerging blight strains

    Results of research into the fungicide sensitivity of GB late blight isolates was presented at AHDB Agronomists’ Conference 2018 today (4 December.) The work – carried out by Dr Alison Lees, a Research Leader at the James Hutton Institute (JHI) – tested fungicides belonging to a range of Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) groups for their ability to inhibit late blight. Dr Lees noted...

    4 December 2018

  • Dr Bill Watts to Work with Potato Industry in Wales and the West

    Bill Watts has joined AHDB as Arable Knowledge Exchange Manager (Potatoes) for the West Midlands, South West and Wales. Having recently completed his PhD, Bill has extensive research experience in crop management and is a specialist in potato cyst nematode (PCN) control, which is attributable to in excess of £25 million in losses to the industry each year. Bill has been a regular presenter at...

    18 October 2018

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