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  • Potato stock levels and ‘drawdown’ at record levels

    Potato stock levels reached a record 2.4 million tonnes in January – up 25 per cent on last year, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The latest data survey also showed that the rate at which they were drawn from store was also at its highest level since 2010, when AHDB began measuring stock. According to the new figures, GB stock levels held by growers rose by 492,...

    20 March 2018

  • Newest Strategic Potato Farm aiming for ‘better quality for customers’

    Quality is paramount for RJ and AE Godfrey, a mixed arable farm in North Lincolnshire, which has joined AHDB’s Farm Excellence Network. The farm grows around 440 ha of main-crop potatoes for the packing market each year, in a rotation including peas, sugar beet, wheat, oilseed rape and linseed. It will become Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm North and act as a hub for farmer-to-farmer learning in the...

    19 March 2018

  • First full year of potato trial results to be revealed

    Trial results from AHDB’s Strategic Potato Farm Scotland will be revealed at a Results Day held at the Red House Hotel in Coupar Angus on 8 March. Having initially started in 2016 with cultivation trials, the work with Bruce Farms was significantly expanded last season to cover nutrition, cover crops, seed spacing and handling and further work on cultivations. Claire Hodge, Knowledge Exchange...

    1 March 2018

  • Roadshow will offer farmers guidance on thriving after Brexit

    The AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are running three Brexit roadshows across Scotland in February and March. The events will feature expert speakers from each organisation who will outline the latest thinking on policy, potential implications and opportunities, as well as how farmers can prepare now for the future outside the EU. The evening events will...

    12 February 2018

  • 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