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Grower Gateway - Issue 7, 2012

Publication Date: 
25 September 2012

Rob Clayton

2012 - a watershed year for the potato industry
Rob Clayton, AHDB Potatoes Director talks about the season. Over the last couple of months we’ve extended our contact with industry to make sure that those who need it have an evidence based, up to date briefing of the current situation.


CIPC in cold stores: time to re-assess
The advantage of an effective sprout suppressant like CIPC is that it works under most conditions at an affordable price and with minimal impact on the crop’s marketability. This means it has been a universal solution for control of sprouting in potato storage – even when the crop has been held at very cold temperatures – and could be easily applied and re-applied should the need arise.


Successful storage is within reach of the whole industry - but neglect the store at your peril!
“Storage can be successful - even under the testing conditions we are currently experiencing – with the application of a few basic principles” says Adrian Cunnington, Head of SBCSR. “But quantifying risk in advance is crucial so that effort can be focused where the likelihood of problems is highest” More...


Aphid Resistance
A new AHDB Potatoes research project to monitor the resistance status of Myzus persicae and other aphid pests to a range of insecticides should help growers protect their crops against these highly damaging pests. More...


Opportunities for AHDB Potatoes Price and Crop Reporters
AHDB-AHDB Potatoes has opportunities for part-time potato Price and Crop Reporters to provide impartial, industry information for specific GB regions to be used by AHDB Market Intelligence (MI) analysts for market reports for the potato industry. More...


Events and publications

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November 8: Welsh Potato Day, Cleddau Bridge Hotel, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire.

Tackling new legislation and production techniques to meet the ever-increasing demands for quality and environmental considerations.


November 20: Seed Industry Event, Crieff, Perthshire.

Future-proofing industry and delivering to markets. The Seed Industry Event 2012 expert speaker programme examines the priorities for seed health and the future of variety breeding, ensuring this crucial sector can remain healthy and profitable.


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

Progressive potato farming: management for healthy tubers, increased yield and resource stewardship. Building on the success of the previous conference in 2010 we will once again provide the essential new technical innovation and marketing inspiration for all growers, agronomists and potato industry specialists. See events page for more details.


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

Seminars • Workshops • Trade stands • Displays • Networking opportunities • Demonstrations A unique event for growers and agronomists to benefit from the latest research and advice. Experts will discuss key storage challenges facing agriculture and provide guidance on how to get the best from your store. The event will also feature an evening reception with guest speaker on Wednesday 28 September. See




Jan 24, 2013: Winter Forum SBCSR

Feb 6, 2013: Winter Forum West, Harper Adams

Feb 26, 2013: Storage forum, Scotland (venue TBC)

Feb 28, 2013: Storage Forum, SBCSR

Feb 2013: Cornish Potato Day (date and venue TBC)

Mar 6, 2013: Herefordshire Potato day (venue TBC)


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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:
Business Improvement guide:
Seed rate guides:

Crop Nutrition for Potatoes:
Environmental guidance for potato production
(partnership publication):

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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