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  • New ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ website urges prompt application of CIPC

    As crops come into store, potato growers are being urged to prepare for short or shorter dormancy break periods due to the warmer, brighter conditions experienced this growing season. It’s imperative to apply sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) as early as possible to maximise sprout control, advises AHDB Potatoes.   Adrian Briddon, AHDB Potatoes technologist and member of the Potato Industry...

    9 October 2013

  • Seeing the practical outcomes of good science

    Optimising marketable yield was a common theme at AHDB Potatoes’s East Midlands Potato Day and the Cultivation and Nematicide trials event at Slingsby, Yorkshire this summer. Video footage has been captured so levy-payers can get a flavour of the technical presentations at both events.     AHDB Potatoes’s Grower Collaboration project started in 2007 and takes research from small replicated trial...

    9 October 2013

  • Cost benefits of tackling water efficiency

    There is much that can be done to target your water resource where and when it’s needed, ultimately saving you money and helping produce ‘more crop per drop’. Despite GB usually getting its fair share of rain, it’s clear that seasonal rainfall levels are becoming increasingly erratic. So whether growers get too much or too little rainfall, the need for water management planning intensifies each...

    9 October 2013

  • Potatoes win the sustainability debate

    Potatoes are the sustainable carbohydrate. It’s a fact. This comes as a result of new research from Cranfield University to compare the total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) and water usage for potatoes against rival carbohydrates, rice and pasta.   When it comes to food production, environmental concerns are major issues for both the farming and manufacturing industry which is why AHDB Potatoes...

    9 October 2013

  • Summer’s the time for store upgrades

    As the final stores unload, now is the time to consider preparations and enhancements for the next season. Head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) Adrian Cunnington highlights the AHDB Potatoes’s storage roadshows in July, which will cover energy efficiency, upgrades and the potential for changes to regulations covering the use of the sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC). Annual...

    24 June 2013