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  • Tuber Talk: Have you monitored our pest investment?

    More chemistry has fallen foul of the approvals process this year. With some pest targets becoming resistant to what’s left and the crop protection pipeline drier than a 2018 summer, it’s no wonder interest in integrated pest management (IPM) has piqued. But IPM is a broad church and research funds are limited, so AHDB is asking people to complete a short survey to focus its investment in this...

    22 October 2018

  • Researchers and Agronomists Unite Behind Call for PCN Testing

    AHDB Potatoes has launched a new guide to help potato growers test for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN), a pest that costs the industry over £25m each year. The release of PCN: Sampling and laboratory guide draws on AHDB funded research, conducted by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) and BioSS, measuring the effectiveness of soil sampling techniques ahead of PCN testing. In a further...

    8 October 2018

  • Potential Diquat ban challenges future harvest

    Edit 15 October: since the publication of this article, the EU Commission has decided not to renew the approval of diquat based on concerns related to the exposure of bystanders, residents and birds. Use of alternative herbicides was the main topic of discussion at the final AHDB Strategic Potato Farm field walk of the season. Graham Tomalin of VCS Agronomy discussed with the 45 growers and...

    4 October 2018

  • Help us deliver what you need!

    Please can we have 10 minutes of your time to share your views on AHDB’s market information. We want to ensure what we deliver is as useful to you as possible. While we must adhere to certain processes to ensure our data is robust and balanced, if you think there are improvements we can make to how we present information, we’d love to hear about it. Please complete this short online survey about...

    1 October 2018

  • Fight Against Blight update - September 2018

    By Dr David Cooke, James Hutton Institute Having experienced one of the driest seasons since the Fight Against Blight began - clearly the weather has had a major impact.  After some early appearances on discard piles in Kent in mid-April, we have received very few recorded outbreaks compared to previous years. This has allowed us the time to genotype the samples as they arrived in the lab, and we...

    19 September 2018