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  • Epitrix outbreak in the Iberian Peninsula

    “Importers should be aware that there have been outbreaks of Epitrix flea beetle in Portugal, with possible further occurences in Spain,” says AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export, Mark Prentice. “As an island, we enjoy a high health status,” he adds. “We need to ensure imports do not put this at risk. Importing of potatoes from infested areas could provide a potential pathway of introduction...

    2 August 2011

  • STORAGE BULLETIN - PROCESSING QUALITY

    Thoughts may now have been focused on getting the 2010 crop in the ground but don’t forget about that 2009 crop still in store! Retaining good fry colour could well make the difference between profit and loss on last year’s crop. You should have a good understanding of your crops by now - use this knowledge to unload marginal crops first and try to keep the better ones for further storage to...

    2 August 2011

  • New Research Tender issued by AHDB Potatoes

    AHDB Potatoes has identified priorities for research into storage and is inviting researchers to tender for projects in a number of related topics. The specific themes identified include reduced energy storage, warmer temperature ‘cold’ storage, late season processing quality, seed management in store, exploiting CIPC vapour and alternative sprout suppressants.  Potential applicants should be...

    2 August 2011

  • AHDB Potatoes aphid monitoring begins in May

    Levy payers have free access to data from the AHDB Potatoes-funded network of 100 Yellow Water Traps (Aphmon). Growers can sign up for free text or email alerts for when aphids are on the move in their chosen areas. The Food and Environmental Research Agency (Fera) hosts the website and growers will be able to access it via a link on the AHDB Potatoes homepage (www.potato.org.uk) once the...

    2 August 2011

  • Planning vital for potato industry planting

    AHDB Potatoes chairman Allan Stevenson has urged growers to study accurate and readily-available information about the market before making planting decisions. 'The potato market is proving to be extremely challenging for many, but not all growers and their customers in GB,” says Mr Stevenson. “With the planting season gaining momentum, I feel that growers should carefully re-assess the...

    2 August 2011

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