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  • AHDB Potatoes to promote Safe Haven at Fruit Logistica

    AHDB Potatoes staff will again be promoting the considerable benefits of cultivating seed potatoes from the Safe Haven Certification Scheme at Fruit Logistica. Building on last year’s success, AHDB Potatoes will be helping to drive overseas demand for our high quality seed potatoes at the Berlin exhibition to be held February 9-11, 2011. Seed potato exports have grown more than 30 per cent over...

    1 August 2011

  • Improving your seed treatment technique

    Seed potato growers who pay attention to their seed treatment technique could improve disease control and save themselves a small fortune in chemicals. “A lot of seed treatment applications are not very effective, all because operators are not paying enough attention to detail,” says Dr Stuart Wale of SAC, who led a recently completed PCL-funded research project. “Fortunately, by following some...

    1 August 2011

  • 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

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