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  • Apply for water pollution subsidy before April 30

    New advice on environmentally friendly potato production could prove invaluable to growers looking to secure recently launched grants to help reduce water pollution. The information is contained in a booklet, Environmental guidance for potato production, a joint initiative between AHDB Potatoes, FWAG and England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative. The guide contains information on...

    1 August 2011

  • Apply for water pollution subsidy before April 30

      New advice on environmentally friendly potato production could prove invaluable to growers looking to secure recently launched grants to help reduce water pollution.    Information about schemes to help growers reduce environmental risks and achieve sustainable production, is contained in a booklet, Environmental guidance for potato production, a joint initiative between AHDB Potatoes, FWAG and...

    22 August 2011

  • Pointers for weed control

    New pointers to help potato growers achieve top-notch weed control following the loss of the PDQ/linuron mix are coming to light in time for this season. The loss of PDQ in summer 2008 and the halving of the maximum rateof linuron before the 2009 campaign caught the industry off guard, says development agronomist John Keer of Essex-based Agrochemex. “The combination provided cost-effective...

    1 August 2011

  • Avoid rejections resulting from common scab

    Updated information to help growers get to grips with common scab in potatoes is available from the AHDB Potatoes. The disease costs the industry about £4m a year in rejections, says technical executive Chris Steele. “It remains quite a problem, especially in the fresh sector as it affects the cosmetic appearance of tubers. Most supermarkets draw the line at 5% infection.” Although the...

    1 August 2011

  • Epitrix – voluntary notification of potato imports

    All growers planning to import potatoes from Portugal or Spain must notify either Fera or the Scottish Government, following concerns that the potato flea beetle Epitrix might be accidentally introduced into Britain. The potential cost to the potato industry could be as high as £41m a year if this pest enters Britain, according to figures supplied by Fera. Whilst yield is apparently not affected...

    1 August 2011

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