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Grower Gateway - Issue 4, 2012

Publication Date: 
11 May 2012


Exceptional turnout for the first South West Potato Day
Despite inclement weather, the first South West Potato Day (April 26 at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, Somerset) was a big hit with growers arriving from as far afield as Cornwall. More...


Water – are you aware of the changes in the situation?
AHDB Potatoes technical executive Chris Steele looks at the latest information on the water situation as seventeen counties in South West England and the Midlands have now moved into official drought status, despite recent heavy rain causing disruption in some areas.


The aphid monitoring service has gone ‘live’ for the 2012 season
Growers and agronomists already registered for Aphmon alerts and reports need to login to the Aphmon website and review their settings. More...


High profile for resource management at World Potato Congress
Doris Blaesing of the RM Consulting Group in Australia and Anton Haverkort of Netherlands-based Wageningen University acknowledge that, at first sight, making decisions about how to use the resources of labour, land, machinery, stores, water, pesticides, fertilisers and energy more efficiently may seem complicated. More...


PepsiCo’s David Wilkinson calls for wider collaboration in supply chain
There must be more collaboration and innovation throughout the supply chain and beyond to meet the financial and sustainability challenges the potato industry faces. That’s a key message David Wilkinson intends to deliver to his audience at this year’s World Potato Congress in Edinburgh at the end of May ( More...


Tackling the threat of non-endemic pests and diseases
Overseas potato pests and disease threats can become reality, so growers should take responsibility for helping to prevent them entering Britain, says AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export, Robert Burns. More...


Results from Potatoes in Practice 2011 now online
The results from last year’s field trials and demonstrations from Potatoes in Practice are now online at More...


Correction to ‘Preventing Common Scab’ article
There was an error in the article entitled ‘Preventing Common Scab’ published in the latest edition of Tubertalk. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused. To read the corrected article, please click here...


Opportunity to join AHDB Potatoes
AHDB Potatoes is seeking a Technical Executive to work with Potato Industry levy payers and stakeholders in Scotland to communicate the results of new R&D. More...


Events and publications


May 27-30: World Potato Congress, Edinburgh 




June 20: West Midlands Potato Day, Corfton Farms, South Shropshire



June 27: South East Potato Day, Brookland village hall, Romney Marsh, Kent. 




July 5: East Midlands Potato Day, Manor Farm, Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire



July 17: Fife Potato Day, Westhall Farm, near Cupar, Fife




August 9: Potatoes in Practice, Balruddery Farm, Dundee



August 30: East of England Potato Day, Frederick Hiam, Tuddenham, Suffolk



September 4: North of England Potato Day, Headley Hall Farm, Yorkshire


September 6: North West Potato Day, Aston Grange, Cheshire



September 12-13: Potato Europe, France


November 29: Storage Day, Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire




Other Events


June 18: one day course, variety and disease identification, NIAB, Cambridge. Email Hannah Parrish for details on


November 22: Potato Conference and Exhibition. ADAS and Syngenta UK in association with AHDB Potatoes. Newark showground, Newark-on-Trent. Details to be announced.






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Cost Benefit Analyses:

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Cost of production crop year 2011:

Glyphosate advice leaflet and sticker

Common Scab guide:
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Crop Nutrition for Potatoes:
Environmental guidance for potato production
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Growers’ advice The Water Framework Directive and how it will impact on potato growers. To download a copy go to the Growers Advice area.

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