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Grower Gateway April / May 2009

Publication Date: 
5 September 2011

AHDB Potatoes sends Grower Gateway via email to those who we feel will benefit (growers, agronomists and technical managers).

New regulations raise water pressure
As irrigation starts in potato crops across England and Wales, Defra has launched a new consultation on abstraction licences.  It’s a timely reminder to ensure best practice and stay abreast of changes coming in under the Water Framework Directive. More ...


Funding continues on herbicide alternatives
AHDB Potatoes is funding a second year of research to assess alternatives to Britain’s most widely-used potato herbicides, since the revocation of paraquat last year, and the severe restriction placed on linuron use. More ...


Keeping a remote eye on your store
FEC Services’ Tim Pratt discusses the latest communications technology available for monitoring storage temperatures and refrigeration systems to keep a check on stored crop quality. More ...


Worldwide disease study
A AHDB Potatoes-funded study with international partners has just commenced to improve pre-planting risk assessment of powdery scab and RhizoctoniaMore ...


Blight from dumps resurfaces
As AHDB Potatoes Fight Against Blight and Blightwatch web-based service goes live, growers are warned that more blight may be originating from outgrade piles.  Best practice guidelines for the 2009 season have now been issued.  More ...


Sharpen your technical edge this summer
Ensure AHDB Potatoes summer events are in your diary.  Britain’s leading experts in potato research will be delivering the latest technical information.  West Midlands Potato Day – June 3, 2009; South East Potato Day – June 22, 2009; East Midlands Potato Day – June 30, 2009; Potatoes in Practice, Dundee – August 13, 2009; East Anglian Potato Event – September 3, 2009. For more information:


Space at a premium at BP2009
British Potato 2009, sponsored by Branston, takes place November 25-26 at the Yorkshire Event Centre Harrogate. It’s the largest event of its kind in the UK and is the place where the potato industry does business. Stand space is booking up fast. Make sure you don’t miss out, go to the BP2009 website –

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