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  • New plant health risk register

      January 20th saw the launch of Defra’s Plant Health Risk Register, which is now publicly available.   The Plant Health Risk Register represents a major step in implementing the recommendations of the independent Task Force on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity.       It is a tool for government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases which threaten our crops,...

    3 February 2014

  • Seed potato health vital for growers – and the entire industry

    With growers becoming increasingly aware of the significance of plant health and bio-security, the seed potato team at AHDB Potatoes have been working hard with plant health authorities to encourage the potato industry to grow only healthy seed potatoes.   Robert Burns, head of seed and export at AHDB Potatoes and a former government plant health expert, is keen to communicate this message,...

    3 February 2014

  • Do you know how to distinguish and control Alternaria, or early blight?

      Although not in the same league as late blight, it is important to understand the potentially damaging effects of Alternaria   At AHDB Potatoes’s recent Winter Forum West in Shropshire, John Keer of Richard Austin Agriculture told a room full of growers and industry what we know about Alternaria and the way in which the two species can affect potato crops.    John advised “For clarity, as both...

    3 February 2014

  • AHDB Potatoes to launch new ‘Damage Awareness’ campaign at BP2013

    Only once every two years is the whole GB supply-chain together under one roof, that’s why BP2013, jointly sponsored by Grimme and Branston, is the ideal opportunity for AHDB Potatoes to launch its ‘Damage Awareness’ campaign at Harrogate on 27-28 November.   Led by Claire Hodge, Technical Executive at AHDB Potatoes, the campaign focuses on optimising machinery and potato handling equipment, to...

    24 November 2013

  • Fertiliser calculator on show at BP2013

    Use AHDB Potatoes’s new online fertiliser calculator to produce fertiliser recommendations for your potato crops. The new calculator has been developed to compliment AHDB Potatoes’s Crop Nutrition for Potatoes guide, which has just been updated, and goes beyond what can be achieved easily in print. The calculator not only covers England and Wales using RB209, but also the SRUC technical notes for...

    24 November 2013

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