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Grower Gateway - Issue 6, 2012

Publication Date: 
27 July 2012


Potato growers face weather-related challenges
Potato growers are facing many weather-related challenges and recent warm, wet weather has led to a massive increase in the number of Smith Periods this year so far, says AHDB Potatoes executive and blight specialist Gary Collins.


Avoid risks of CIPC cross contamination
A recent finding of CIPC residue in grain has highlighted the risk of cross contamination of commodities in-store. This puts more pressure on the potato industry to ensure accurate records are kept and stewardship standards are maintained, warns Mike Storey, head of R&D and chairman of the CIPC Stewardship Group.


Cost of production
As profit is driven by margin, it is crucial for growers to be able to identify their exact costs, says Bidwells agricultural business consultant Neil Cameron. More...


Soil Cultivation
This spring has seen some of the costliest cultivations ever for the national potato crop, but AHDB Potatoes research suggests significant savings could be made on some soils without affecting crop outcome. More...


CIPC in box stores
CIPC specialist Adrian Briddon from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research reports on the latest research into the use of CIPC in box stores. More...


Events and publications

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August 9: Potatoes in Practice, Balruddery Farm, Dundee


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


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 20: Seed Industry Event, Crieff, Perthshire


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




Other Events


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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Cost Benefit Analyses:

Best practice control for outgrade piles:

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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Research and Development Strategy: 2012-2015

Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group - Industry code of best practice for application of chlorpropham potato sprout suppressant

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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