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  • Soil Protection Review (SPR) 2012 needs to be completed

    Growers are reminded that the Soil Protection Review (SPR) 2012 needs to be completed by the 31st December 2012.  The purpose of the Soil Protection Review is to prevent erosion, compaction and damage to landscape features and to maintain soil structure and organic matter. Forms and guidance can be accessed via the Rural Payments Agency website. You must update your SPR, each year and especially...

    19 December 2012

  • Soil management a priority for Scottish growers

    Growers are reminded that soil management needs to be a priority, after this difficult season and to make sure your farm soil management plans are up to date. It is essential that you stay within the rules of cross compliance and not run the risk of a 5% penalty on the single farm payment. Attention is increasing across all sectors on the need to preserve soil quality and maintain soil...

    18 December 2012

  • 2012 - a watershed year for the potato industry

    Dear Levy payer,   Not a day goes by right now without a discussion about crop size, quality and availability.   Over the last couple of months we’ve extended our contact with industry to make sure that those who need it have an evidence based, up to date briefing of the current situation. This has entailed supplementing our usual Potato Weekly calls with an extra round of discussions with...

    25 September 2012

  • CIPC in cold stores: time to re-assess

    The advantage of an effective sprout suppressant like CIPC is that it works under most conditions at an affordable price and with minimal impact on the crop’s marketability. This means it has been a universal solution for control of sprouting in potato storage – even when the crop has been held at very cold temperatures – and could be easily applied and re-applied should the need arise.  Until...

    24 September 2012

  • Successful Storage is within reach of the whole industry

    Successful storage is within reach of the whole industry - but neglect the store at your peril!! The team at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research is gearing up for the AHDB Potatoes Storage Day to be held at SBCSR on 29th November.   The day will feature a range of activities, all with a storage theme and will be a must attend event for all those facing the challenges of the 2012/13 season.  ...

    24 September 2012