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Technical Articles


  • Importance of Nematicide Stewardship Programme and value to the industry

    Nematicide operators have until the end of January to register for a free place on this winter’s Nematicide Stewardship Programme workshops to ensure they are up to speed with best practice and can fully comply with stewardship. Operator training is a key part of the Nematicide Stewardship Programme (NSP), a joint industry initiative* to ensure nematicides remain available to use on potatoes and...

    29 September 2016

  • What’s in store for Spot Farm Scotland in 2017?

    AHDB’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm programme provides growers with an insight into how the latest new systems and practice stemming from AHDB-funded research can be adopted on their farms. Messages are delivered via a series of open days and workshops, demonstrated in commercial farm settings. The aim is to give levy payers and agronomists more confidence to deliver change that can benefit their...

    29 September 2016

  • Planning the 2017 crop

    Matching the right variety to the right field is the first and most important step to growing a profitable potato crop. Grower Gateway examines the key factors to take into account Harvest may still be in full swing but thoughts are already turning to next year’s cropping plans. Deciding which fields will be planted with potatoes is only half the story, says Phil Burgess, head of knowledge...

    29 September 2016

  • Joined up approach to tackle blackleg

    AHDB Potatoes will be using this year’s Seed Industry Event to help develop a pan-industry approach to reverse the recent increase in blackleg. The bacterial disease, caused mainly by Pectobacterium species in the UK, has declined significantly since the 1960s, but in recent years has been rising again. “The Scottish seed industry is facing some challenges with blackleg levels,” says Rob Clayton...

    29 September 2016

  • Glyphosate and seed potatoes

    Glyphosate is a non-selective weed-killer which is incredibly damaging to seed potatoes. Even at levels which cannot be detected it can cause horrendous problems with germination and emergence in the daughter crop. Often unnoticed until the seed crop has been replanted, contamination causes lengthy and costly commercial disputes.    Damage is rarely seen in the crop that receives the accidental...

    29 June 2015