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Grower Gateway - Issue 5, 2012

Publication Date: 
21 June 2012


Potential benefits and cost savings from GM
Mark Lynas earned a spontaneous round of applause for his speech backing recent research into mapping the potato genome, coming down clearly in favour of studies being undertaken to help move the industry forward in addressing the challenges posed by an increasing population.


War on waste in the potato supply chain
Several key actions to drive out waste from the potato supply chain, including improved agronomy, were outlined at the recent World Potato Congress in Edinburgh.


The aphid monitoring service has gone ‘live’ for the 2012 season
With late planted seed crops emerging as aphid activity hots up, agronomists and growers need to remind themselves of a few do’s and don’ts as well as keeping abreast with the latest advances in R&D. More...

Potato Store reading

Store auditing
With continually rising costs and ever-demanding requirements for better quality out of store, undertaking a store audit over the summer months is an important element of a store manager’s calendar, says Adrian Cunnington, head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. More...

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Safe Haven, not just in Scotland!
New pests and diseases could infect ware crops and result in severe financial losses, warns AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export Robert Burns. More...


Glyphosate – avoid risks of contamination
If your neighbours use glyphosate on crops such as wheat, don’t forget to request they take care to prevent contamination of any seed potatoes,” warns head of seed and export Rob Burns. More...

East Midland Potato Day

Jay Rayner to speak at East Midlands Potato Day
Restaurant critic Jay Rayner is to speak at the popular East Midlands Potato Day to be held at QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn, on July 5. In addition there will be practical in-field workshops on topics such as herbicides, slugs, PCN, soils and water. More...


What’s on this year at Potatoes in Practice?
This year’s Potatoes in Practice event is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with trials and demonstrations from AHDB Potatoes, The James Hutton Institute, SAC, Agrii and many others. More...


Events and publications


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


September 29: Introduction to Potato Store Management, Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.


November 20: Seed Industry Event, Crieff, Perthshire


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




Other Events


July 10: Towards water sustainability for potatoes and vegetable crops, EFFP and NFU, Chadwell Park Farm, Great Chatwell, Newport, Salaop.


August 7: CUPGRA members day, Cambridge University Farm


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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