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  • Research call to tender potato desiccants

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is inviting researchers to tender for a new project to understand alternative desiccation methods in the absence of diquat.      The loss of approval for diquat has wide ramifications, since it is currently the main product used by potato growers to desiccate crops. Joe Martin, Crop Protection Senior Scientist for AHDB, said: “This...

    25 January 2019

  • Strategic Farm programme gave confidence to manage risks

    The Strategic Potato Farm East programme provided Elveden Farms’ Director Andrew Francis with a ‘mental safety net,’ helping manage the risk of making changes to his business. Reflecting on the last three years as host, Andrew explained how the programme had grown, from initially being conceptual to the ‘slick process’ it is now. He said he was proud of his team and spoke about how the work...

    24 January 2019

  • Event report/overview: Strategic Farm East results day - 10 January 2019

    Summary The Strategic Farm East results day took place on 10 January 2019 and was the final event of the Strategic Farm East programme hosted at Elveden Estate in East Anglia. The event saw the culmination of 3 years of research, specifically focusing on herbicides, PCN and the effect of Nitrogen on Black Dot and yield. Attendees also heard presentations from Potatoes Sector Board Chair Dr Sophie...

    21 January 2019

  • Potato supply chain making moves to protect stocks

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has estimated GB grower held potato stocks at the end of November 2018 at 2.97Mt. This is the lowest during this point in the season since 2016/17 and follows one of the smallest potato harvests on record. Drawdown, the rate at which potatoes are removed from store, is lower than recent years at 39%, three percentage points below the five-...

    18 January 2019

  • Supporting British businesses on the international stage

    Once more the AHDB Exports team will gather British exporters together at two major international tradeshows in 2019.   The first of the year - Fruit Logistica - takes place in Berlin from 6-8 February. Over the course of the event British horticulture and potato companies will seek to build new relationships and explore potential business opportunities with the numerous international visitors...

    17 January 2019