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  • Your ‘technical toolbox’ for 2015

    As the 2015 season progresses, it’s time to arm yourself with the latest R&D news, technical information and tips from our 2015 events, and meet the new technical experts on our knowledge transfer team.   Valued by levy payers, our technical events get consistently good feedback from our industry.  The feedback we receive is invaluable to help us make improvements, and our technical events...

    23 April 2015

  • Whole supply chain focus at November’s potato strategy conference

    ‘From seed to ware’, this year’s Seed Industry Event (SIE14) on 25 November, at the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, widens its’ appeal to the whole supply chain, covering seed, plant health, pest and disease advice, seed supplier and customer case studies, processing, storage and retail insights.    This year’s seed event will not just be about seed! The speaker programme features industry leaders...

    5 November 2014

  • Another unique season

    In the final push to get the store doors closed on the last of the 2014 crop, safeguarding store quality is going to be vital.   A complex mix of factors come into play each season which provide a varying crop position together with different quality challenges that influence market conditions.    “The most extreme in recent years (see graph) include the crop shortage and high freebuy market in...

    5 November 2014

  • Keeping sprouts at bay

    During September nationwide CIPC Stewardship meetings focused on the new 2014/15 label requirements, Best Practice for CIPC use and the ways alternatives can complement a successful sprout suppression regime.     In July, the CIPC Approval Holders announced new label rates for 2014/15. These are now 30 grams/tonne for the fresh market and 58 g/t for processing.    The maximum single dose has...

    5 November 2014

  • SASA and AHDB Potatoes investigate Blackleg and plant health

    Professor Gerry Saddler, Head of Potato and Plant Health Division at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) is joining the AHDB Potatoes for a short, part-time secondment. The focus of Gerry’s work will be Blackleg management.    Recent years have seen a fall in the numbers of Pre-Basic (PB) seed growers which results in greater commercial pressures on this community. Early entry of...

    5 November 2014