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  • Pointers for weed control

    New pointers to help potato growers achieve top-notch weed control following the loss of the PDQ/linuron mix are coming to light in time for this season. The loss of PDQ in summer 2008 and the halving of the maximum rateof linuron before the 2009 campaign caught the industry off guard, says development agronomist John Keer of Essex-based Agrochemex. “The combination provided cost-effective...

    1 August 2011

  • Avoid rejections resulting from common scab

    Updated information to help growers get to grips with common scab in potatoes is available from the AHDB Potatoes. The disease costs the industry about £4m a year in rejections, says technical executive Chris Steele. “It remains quite a problem, especially in the fresh sector as it affects the cosmetic appearance of tubers. Most supermarkets draw the line at 5% infection.” Although the...

    1 August 2011

  • Epitrix – voluntary notification of potato imports

    All growers planning to import potatoes from Portugal or Spain must notify either Fera or the Scottish Government, following concerns that the potato flea beetle Epitrix might be accidentally introduced into Britain. The potential cost to the potato industry could be as high as £41m a year if this pest enters Britain, according to figures supplied by Fera. Whilst yield is apparently not affected...

    1 August 2011

  • Potato farming going green – do you know your carbon emissions?

    Up to 17 per cent of potato crisps’ carbon footprint comes from potato growing, revealed PepsiCo’s agricultural sustainability manager Mark Pettigrew at the AHDB Potatoes Storage Forum. Speaking at the event at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research in Lincolnshire, Mr Pettigrew highlighted that measuring emissions is key to targeting areas where they can be reduced. Until recently, there had been...

    31 July 2011

  • Changes in foliar late blight resistance ratings

    Recent research has led to adjustments in foliar late blight resistance ratings. Some varieties such as Cara, historically rated as seven, have been amended to five. These changes, revealed to a packed audience at the Winter Forum at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, Lincolnshire on February 22, are now live on the British Potato Variety Database. “The resistance scores of varieties rated...

    31 July 2011

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