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Technical Articles


  • Battling blight

    Warm and humid conditions last year resulted in the highest number of confirmed incidences of late blight since AHDB Potatoes’s Fight against Blight (FaB) monitoring began in 2003. So far in 2013 there’s been no confirmed blight incidence in GB, but following a season of extreme blight pressure with more crops emerging and temperatures rising, vigilance is vital. Blight Scout activity plays a...

    21 June 2013

  • Costs, soils management and abstraction examined at recent AHDB Potatoes Irrigation Workshop, Herefordshire

    Coinciding with publication of its new Irrigation Guide, AHDB Potatoes’s recent Irrigation Workshop in Withington, Herefordshire flowed well last week, with the packed agenda of technical irrigation topics and expert speakers attracting growers from around the region. Even though it was a small, workshop-style event, a great deal of timely technical knowledge was shared on the day.   Anthony...

    21 June 2013

  • Glyphosate – be aware of contamination risks and get safe application guidance

    Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide used by most farmers. Its use has increased extensively in the last 10-15 years, particularly as a harvest aid for cereal crops and oilseed rape. It can be an effective solution for potato growers, especially for pre-plant control of weeds and volunteer grains.   What many growers don’t know is that glyphosate contamination can cause significant damage to...

    21 June 2013

  • A new approach to potato defect analysis

    In the first of a series of Grower Gateway articles, AHDB Potatoes’s pathologist Glyn Harper discusses a cutting edge research project, on defect analysis, taking place at the Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) this year.    The GB potato industry delivers a sales value of £731m at farm gate and £5.7bn at consumer level, so maintaining the health and quality of stored potatoes is...

    21 June 2013

  • Changes to the underpinning legislation of Cross Compliance

    Following changes to the underpinning legislation of Cross Compliance, the RPA updated a number of standards on Friday May 17.   The updates apply to: SMR 4, Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) Copies of the revised cross compliance standards can be found here on the RPA website. GAEC 19, No-spread zones SMR 7, Cattle identification and registration. Changes to SMR 4 and GAEC19 are directly related...

    4 June 2013