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  • Does storage affect the taste of your potato?

    A two-year trial undertaken at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) to monitor taste and texture of stored potatoes has shown clear differences according to variety. Peeled, steamed potatoes were tasted by a panel of judges in January or May each year, looking for the effects of carbon dioxide on stored potatoes. Undertaken to examine occasional incidences of unsatisfactory storage in...

    29 July 2011

  • Protecting against Alternaria

    Cost-effective fungicide regimes to keep Alternaria at bay will come under the spotlight at the East Midlands Potato Day, organised by AHDB Potatoes, QV Foods and McCain Foods, which takes place in early July. The disease, also known as early blight, is becoming increasingly important as a result of the susceptibility of varieties currently being grown, the tendency to hotter spells of weather...

    29 July 2011

  • Infra red scanning of manure could cut fertiliser bills

    Accurate, quick and potentially cheaper nutrient analysis of organic manures could soon help potato growers shave thousands of pounds off their annual fertiliser bills and help protect the environment. Although up to half the national crop receives organic manure of some type each year, relatively little is used effectively, says Ken Smith of ADAS, reporting on LINK-funded research. He hopes...

    4 August 2011

  • Infra red scanning of manure could cut fertiliser bills

    Accurate, quick and potentially cheaper nutrient analysis of organic manures on-show at Grassland and Muck, will soon be helping potato growers shave thousands of pounds off their annual fertiliser bills and help protect the environment. Although up to half the national crop receives organic manure of some type each year, relatively little is used effectively, says Ken Smith of ADAS, reporting...

    29 July 2011

  • Don’t miss West Midlands Potato Day

    Food security and the sustainability of the potato industry are top of the agenda at this year’s West Midlands Potato Day to be held at Woodlands Farm, Weston-under-Lizzard, Staffordshire on June 8. The day will follow the popular formula of a mixture of talks, an open forum and field workshops. Keynote speakers will be AHDB chief scientist Professor Ian Crute and AHDB Potatoes sector director...

    28 July 2011

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