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  • Potato production hits lowest level since 2012

    The total potato harvest is 13% down on the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes at 4.9m tonnes, according to the annual Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) estimate. The relatively low production figure is a result of an estimated 4.4% drop in planted area, and a 12% drop in average yield. The crop was heavily impacted by a combination of late planting and the prolonged hot and dry...

    11 December 2018

  • More than a bit on the side: Potatoes campaign big success

    Our hugely successful Potatoes: More than a Bit on the Side campaign was launched in July 2015 in conjunction with Bord Bia, with the aim of re-engaging younger consumers with the potato, demonstrating its health and nutritional virtues, as well as showing modern and contemporary ways in which they can be used to fit in with today’s busy lifestyles. Consumption figures for fresh potatoes have...

    11 December 2018

  • ‘Independent research has never been more important’

    Grower Gateway Newsletter Leader Column - Alistair Redpath As he draws to the end of his three year stint as chair of AHDB Potatoes’ Research and KE committee, seed breeder Alistair Redpath reflects on where the industry stands and AHDB’s role moving forward. “The loss of Diquat is a blow to the industry, and with enforced changes to the formulation of products containing Maleic Hydrazide and...

    7 December 2018

  • Mike Storey to retire after 36 years

     Mike Storey: An appreciation  By Adrian Cunnington   Dr R.M.J. (Mike) Storey has been a key player in the potato industry for a long time – some 36 years with AHDB and its predecessor organisations and six years in potato-focused research before that. The time has come for him to retire at Christmas and he will be missed, not only as an effusive enthusiast and supporter of the potato but also...

    5 December 2018

  • Integrated control only way to stop spread of PCN

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has published updated recommendations for the management of Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN). Dr Anne Stone, Knowledge Transfer Manager at AHDB Potatoes, has edited a new PCN Grower Guide, and said: “As we revealed last month, PCN continues to spread into new areas across Britain. The only way we’re going to stop the spread is through an...

    4 December 2018

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