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  • Mitigation of phosphate and sediment

    Cultivated stubble and cover cropping can reduce surface runoff and phosphorus loss from land the winter before potatoes by up to 60 per cent, according to Dr Martyn Silgram of ADAS. Furthermore, when a mustard cover crop was grown, 15-20 kg N/ha that would otherwise have been lost via leaching, was conserved in the soil.  Results also show that typically 5% of rainfall and irrigation applied to...

    2 August 2011

  • Cabinet Secretary discusses seed potato exports

    British seed potato exports were top of the agenda when Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, met the chair of AHDB Potatoes seed export committee, Robert Doig. The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment discussed the achievements and challenges faced by growers and exporters in the demanding export markets with Robert Doig and Gordon Smillie from...

    2 August 2011

  • Glyphosate risk awareness

    Seed potato growers should start building a glyphosate risk awareness programme now to help protect their crops from accidental but potentially costly contamination next summer. As fields are selected and discussions on land rents begin, growers should make the most of these opportunities to assess the risk and talk with neighbours and landlords, says Mark Prentice, AHDB Potatoes head of seed...

    1 August 2011

  • Don’t forget to ask for Safe Haven!

    Pests and diseases in growing ware crops could result in severe financial losses, warns AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export Mark Prentice. The future of the supply chain is at risk from increasing threats from pests and bacteria, says Mark Prentice, head of seed and export, as he urges ware growers to back the Safe Haven scheme that offers protection from pests that can potentially devastate a...

    1 August 2011

  • CIPC Second Application

    Correct timing of the application of CIPC is crucial to ensuring no MRL excedance, warns Dr Mike Storey, head of AHDB Potatoes R&D. “Over the whole season, potato crops destined for the fresh market can only receive up to 36g CIPC/tonne and processing potatoes up to 63.75g/tonne,” he reminds store managers. “Stored crops will have received an initial CIPC treatment and now consideration has...

    1 August 2011

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