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  • Desiccation programmes

    Variety and end use are the main determinants of which of the widely differing desiccation programmes will be most appropriate for each potato crop. Given the wide range of crop types being grown such as salad, pre-pack, processing and seed crops, it is not surprising that growers are using widely differing desiccation options. In particular, the loss of sulphuric acid has left growers looking...

    2 August 2011

  • Apply for water pollution subsidy before April 30

      New advice on environmentally friendly potato production could prove invaluable to growers looking to secure recently launched grants to help reduce water pollution.    Information about schemes to help growers reduce environmental risks and achieve sustainable production, is contained in a booklet, Environmental guidance for potato production, a joint initiative between AHDB Potatoes, FWAG and...

    1 August 2011

  • Fife Potato Day may help you save ££££s

      Money-saving strategies will be the focus of this year’s Fife Potato Day on July 19 at Over Rankeilour Farms, Westhall, Cupar, Fife.  With ever-increasing fertiliser and energy prices, many growers are feeling the pinch and will welcome the opportunity to quiz specialists on how to control costs.    Eric Anderson, senior agronomist for Scottish Agronomy, will be running a workshop about energy...

    27 July 2011

  • Potato yields need to improve, says AHDB chief scientist

      Potato yields need to make a stepped increase to cope with global demand, declared Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chief scientist Prof Ian Crute at the AHDB Potatoes West Midlands Potato Day (June 8).   Closing the yield gap by translating science into practice is the only way forward, he said at the event, held at Weston-under-Lizard in Staffordshire.   Potatoes are a...

    27 July 2011

  • Glyphosate - are your seed potatoes at risk?

      Seed potato growers with crops bordering cereals or oilseed rape should beware the on-going risk of contamination resulting from drift from neighbouring crops, warns AHDB Potatoes seed and export executive Sophie Lock.    Used as a harvest aid for cereal crops and oilseed rape, glyphosate can cause significant damage to seed until after defoliation takes place, even at concentrations below the...

    27 July 2011