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  • Nominations sought for prestigious potato industry award

    AHDB Potatoes is seeking nominations for this year's British Potato Industry Award. The award is presented to an individual recognised for their outstanding contribution to the GB potato industry. Potatoes continue to be a major source of nutrition for the nation, and overall demand has held steady through the recession in all forms from fresh to processed, in the form of chips, crisps and...

    27 July 2011

  • Storage Bulletin - July 2011

    Getting more from your store At this time of year, the focus in potato stores should be on preparation for the new season. It's probably already too late to make any major changes - such as an insulation upgrade - if these haven't already been organised but there's no harm in making plans for work to be done in 2012, especially as it is a lot easier to see what needs doing when the store is...

    27 July 2011

  • Defoliation – which technique are you using?

    The latest thinking on defoliation programmes to help growers manage the most vigorous of crops attracted plenty of interest at the recent AHDB Potatoes East Midlands Potato Day. Since sulphuric acid was revoked as a desiccant in 2009, growers have been looking for an effective alternative to kill off vigorous haulm, rapidly and totally. Sequences and mixes of chemistry can now offer growers...

    27 July 2011

  • Glyphosate - are your seed potatoes at risk?

    Seed growers with crops bordering cereals or oilseed rape should beware the risk of contamination, warns AHDB Potatoes technical executive Sophie Lock. Used as a harvest aid for cereal crops and oilseed rape, glyphosate can cause significant damage to seed potato crops, even at concentrations below the level of detection.  “Damage often isn’t noticed until the crop has been marketed and...

    27 July 2011

  • Introductory store managers’ course

    Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) is to hold a course for those looking to learn about potato storage.  It will focus on the basics of store management. Topics will cover elementary rules for storing for both processing and pre-pack markets. These include store loading and health and safety as well as in-store sprout suppression and control of disease. With margins continually being...

    27 July 2011

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