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  • 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

  • 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