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  • Protecting crop from wireworm

    Timely and potentially very valuable advice to help growers protect their crops against the ravages of wireworm has been issued by the AHDB Potatoes. The Wireworm Factsheet contains all the information growers need totackle this pest, including the effect of site and crop rotation on population size, how to assess risk to potato crops and preventing damage. Crops hit by wireworms can quickly...

    1 August 2011

  • Be on the look-out for skin spot!

    It’s at this time of year when skin spot lesions become apparent and if you are storing a susceptible variety, you need to be washing and checking samples – look for the characteristic round ‘pimples’ – from around the store. The disease can affect varieties to differing extents each year but it’s worth checking the likes of Cabaret, Cara, Desiree, King Edward, Lady Balfour, Marfona, Maris Piper...

    1 August 2011

  • Energy-efficient stores can save you £thousands

    Store managers with 1,000 tonnes of potatoes for the fresh market could save up to £1,600 a year with energy-efficient stores, says Tim Pratt of Farm Energy. Tim was one of the principal researchers of the recently-published energy project Reducing the Energy Cost of Potato Storage, funded by the AHDB Potatoes. Some 36 potato stores, representing a typical cross section of GB stores, were...

    1 August 2011

  • Growers to engage with researchers at Sutton Bridge Storage Forum

    Potato growers are invited to attend the AHDB Potatoes Sutton Bridge Storage Forum on March 3, where industry experts will present the latest developments in energy management and sprout suppression. Delegates attending the event at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research in Lincolnshire will have the opportunity to speak with industry experts such as Mark Pettigrew from PepsiCo and Jon Hillier of...

    1 August 2011

  • The AHDB Potatoes at Fruit Logistica

    The AHDB Potatoes stand at Fruit Logistica buzzed this year with international seed and ware importers. There were more than 150 industry enquiries, with great interest shown about seed grown under the Safe Haven protocols. This key trade fair, which took place in Berlin from February 9-11, saw an estimated 50,000 trade visitors pass through its doors. Driving demand for British seed potatoes,...

    1 August 2011

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