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  • What’s on this year at Potatoes in Practice?

    This year’s Potatoes in Practice event is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with trials and demonstrations from AHDB Potatoes, The James Hutton Institute, SAC, Agrii and many others.    Potatoes in Practice, Britain’s largest field-based event dedicated to the potato industry, is free and will take place on August 9th 2012 at Balruddery Farm, near Dundee.   The event provides focused...

    21 June 2012

  • Jay Rayner to speak at East Midlands Potato Day

    Restaurant critic Jay Rayner is to speak at the popular East Midlands Potato Day to be held at QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn, on July 5. In addition there will be practical in-field workshops on topics such as herbicides, slugs, PCN, soils and water.    The event will be opened by AHDB Potatoes chairman Allan Stevenson, who will be at the event all day to speak with growers and members of the supply...

    21 June 2012

  • Glyphosate – avoid risks of contamination

    "If your neighbours use glyphosate on crops such as wheat, don’t forget to request they take care to prevent contamination of any seed potatoes,” warns head of seed and export Rob Burns.    Glyphosate's mode of action is to inhibit an enzyme involved in the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids: tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. It is absorbed through foliage and translocated to growing...

    21 June 2012

  • Safe Haven, not just in Scotland!

    New pests and diseases could infect ware crops and result in severe financial losses, warns AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export Robert Burns.    The future sustainability of the supply chain is at risk from increasing threats from new organisms that can potentially devastate a crop, such as Epitrix and Zebra Chip. The increase in global marketing and the expansion of the EU has increased the...

    21 June 2012

  • Store auditing

    With continually rising costs and ever-demanding requirements for better quality out of store, undertaking a store audit over the summer months is an important element of a store manager’s calendar, says Adrian Cunnington, head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research.    A store self-audit has been a feature of the AHDB Potatoes Store Managers’ Guide since it was published in 2008 but the team at...

    21 June 2012

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