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  • 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

  • Researchers and Agronomists Unite Behind Call for PCN Testing

    AHDB Potatoes has launched a new guide to help potato growers test for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN), a pest that costs the industry over £25m each year. The release of PCN: Sampling and laboratory guide draws on AHDB funded research, conducted by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) and BioSS, measuring the effectiveness of soil sampling techniques ahead of PCN testing. In a further...

    8 October 2018

  • Potential Diquat ban challenges future harvest

    Edit 15 October: since the publication of this article, the EU Commission has decided not to renew the approval of diquat based on concerns related to the exposure of bystanders, residents and birds. Use of alternative herbicides was the main topic of discussion at the final AHDB Strategic Potato Farm field walk of the season. Graham Tomalin of VCS Agronomy discussed with the 45 growers and...

    4 October 2018

  • 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