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  • 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

  • Is the variety you grow susceptible to Altenaria?

    Dr Reuben Morris, technical support manager for high value crops at Frontier Agriculture advised growers to take into account varietal susceptibility to Alternaria in his East Midlands Potato Day workshop on prevention strategies. “The disease is widespread in the USA and on the continent, and we seem to be catching up,” said Dr Morris at the event held at QV Foods on July 5. “Markies, a widely...

    27 July 2011

  • Is your abstraction licence enough?

    Richard Penn from the Environment Agency has called on growers to review their licences to make sure they reflect their needs., He recommends growers to examine the possibility of using winter storage to prevent periods when river extraction water may not be available for crop irrigation. Speaking at the South East Potato Day at Quex Barns, Birchington in Kent on June 24, he said:  “One of the...

    27 July 2011

  • Apply now for abstraction licence extensions

    Early action is needed for growers who, if dry conditions persist, will need to irrigate before lifting. Applications for abstraction licence extensions take up to four months to process, so they need to apply now, warns AHDB Potatoes water specialist, Chris Steele. Anyone with a potential problem should contact the Environment Agency as soon as possible to discuss their situation, urges Chris,...

    27 July 2011

  • To save £thousands, first you need to measure

    Stores that don’t have meters fitted could be frittering away energy costs, warns Adrian Cunnington, head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR). By using meters to monitor energy use in each individual store, managers can examine where the costs are, and whether any of these costs could be cut without compromising quality, says Adrian. “We installed meters in our stores two years ago as...

    27 July 2011

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