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  • Changes to Safe Haven Standards will support long term health of GB potato industry

    Red Tractor are looking for industry feedback on potential changes to the Safe Haven Standards, the seed potato assurance scheme. New standards likely to be added to the scheme cover areas such as water use, storage best practice and traceability. The strengthened standards will now mean that the scheme will also cover Brown Rot and Epitrix on top of the existing coverage of Ring Rot and Dickeya...

    8 August 2019

  • Fresh Produce Standards Changes- Red Tractor

    changes will be made to the Fresh Produce version 4 standards which will be implemented on 1st October 2019. There is a new standard being implemented on Nematicide stewardship. The best practice protocol issued from the Nematicide Stewardship Group will become an audited standard for Red Tractor’s Fresh Produce growers who apply granular nematicide. This protocol has been an appendix in some of ...

  • Label restrictions on Maleic Hydrazide products lifted

    The restriction on the use of products containing Maleic Hydrazide (MH) has been removed following a review by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of the HSE. The now-lifted restrictions followed an amendment to labels in November and meant that potatoes and other crops treated with such products could not be fed to livestock in the UK. The decision will be welcome news to growers and was...

    24 July 2019

  • Organic matter matters at SPot North Field Walk - 6 June

    There were more than 50 visitors to Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm North for the first field walk of the season at RJ & AE Godfrey’s Eastoft Grange Farm. The growers and agronomists in attendance were introduced to three the trials and demonstrations running at the North Lincolnshire site this season. The trials and demonstrations: Irrigation Pre-emergence weed control Organic matter...

    4 July 2019

  • Aggressive 36_A2 blight strain detected by new rapid genotyping service

    The recent warm, wet weather in many regions has created the perfect conditions for potato blight development. AHDB blight scouts, a network of growers and agronomists who submit samples for testing, have submitted a flurry of samples in June – compared to a quiet start to the year after a dry April and May. In the samples already tested there have been findings of 36_A2, an aggressive strain of...

    25 June 2019