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  • Planning for the next season

    Market intelligence is an integral part of good business practice and growers will find vital information in the new publication, GB Potatoes: Market Intelligence 2010-11, says AHDB potato senior analyst Jim Davies. The new AHDB Potatoes booklet GB Potatoes: Market Intelligence 2010-11 is packed with data and trends that help growers and processors make informed business decisions, including...

    1 August 2011

  • Farm Assurance – do you comply?

    Red Tractor non-conformances include some central issues around sustainability and assurance and these should be addressed properly to optimise business performance, says AHDB Potatoes head of R&D, Dr Mike Storey. The latest Assured Produce newsletter highlights the top ten non-compliances, identifying areas such as soil structure, energy use and water management. “Many of these are relevant...

    1 August 2011

  • Ware and seed growers now covered by PCN legislation

    All growers should be aware that the PCN Directive that came into effect in July 2010 covers all potatoes for replanting and not just certified seed, says Mark Prentice. The new EU PCN directive has implications for ware land and farm-saved seed as well as certified seed. Mark Prentice, AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export, emphasises that all growers should take the time to understand the...

    1 August 2011

  • Water polluters to face justice in civil courts

    Farmers in England and Wales who wilfully or repeatedly contaminate waterways could face swifter justice and harsher penalties following a recent change in the law. Since January 4 this year, the Environment Agency has the power to use the civil courts to prosecute polluters, rather than having to rely on the more time consuming and costly criminal law route, says AHDB Potatoes Chris Steele. “...

    1 August 2011

  • Genetics in the fight against blight

    Blight resistance in potatoes is poised for a breakthrough, thanks to rapid advances in genetic research which could see more progress being made in the next four years than in the past century. By the middle of this decade ware growers could be selecting varieties with robust combinations of resistance to Phytophthora infestans, putting an end to expensive crop losses and saving a small fortune...

    1 August 2011

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