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Grower Gateway - June 2010

Publication Date: 
2 August 2011

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

Grower Gateway now has open access
You no longer have to register to read Grower Gateway articles. Feedback from users has told us it can sometimes be too time consuming to log into the AHDB Potatoes website, to access Grower Gateway articles. From today, access to these important articles is open and quick. Simply click ‘more ‘and it will open the full article!

 

Nominations sought for prestigious potato industry award
AHDB Potatoes is seeking nominations for this year's British Potato Industry Award. The award is presented to an individual recognised for their outstanding contribution to the GB potato industry. More ...

 

Growers address regional challenges at Potato Days
Industry delegates have received practical advice at Potato Days. More ...

 

Waste products could become valuable packaging
Off-spec potatoes and waste products from processing plants could become a valuable source of innovative packaging to replace high-tech plastics used for red meat sales.  More ...

 

Varieties and PCN tolerance
New research to discover which varieties cope best with potato cyst nematode infestations could help growers lift yields for no extra cost.  More ...

 

New grower information on PCN issued by Fera and Scottish Government
A new EU Directive affecting controls against Potato Cyst Nematodes will come into effect on July 1, 2010. Advice on implementation has been issued by both Scottish Government and Fera. More ...

 

Stakeholders meet with Scottish Government to discuss Dickeya-blackleg threat
AHDB Potatoes, NFU Scotland and British Potato Trade Association (BPTA) have recently met with the Scottish Government to discuss the threat of Dickeya solani to the Scottish potato industry and put into practice key measures aimed at protecting the country’s high health status for potato production – and its valuable markets  More ...

 

AHDB Potatoes takes the initiative with seed potato importers
AHDB Potatoes is working to help smooth the path for British seed potato exporters. Recent missions from Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey have held talks with Scottish Government and AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export, Mark Prentice.  More ...

 

Understanding the role of mineral oils and insecticides in reducing virus spread
As part of an ongoing research project on virus transmission in seed crops, AHDB Potatoes has published a review of information on the role of mineral oils and insecticides in reducing virus spread.  More ...

 

New storage facilities at Sutton Bridge
Construction of a new purpose-built storage research facility at Sutton Bridge, announced at BP2009, began in early April and is progressing well. Completion is due in late August.  More ...

 

Potato harvesting – Have you requested your free H&S DVD?
“You will probably know someone who has had an accident with machinery during potato harvesting,” remarks AHDB Potatoes technical executive Phil Bradshaw. “Last year one person died and two were left with serious injuries.”  More ...

 

Round-up of Water Related News
Water issues are high on the agendas of both Britain and the EU. Addressing water efficiency in farming should be one of the priorities in reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the head of the E C's water unit suggests.  More ...

 

Diary dates, events and meetings
July 6, 2010: East Midlands Potato Day, Holbeach, Lincs.
July 19, 2010: Fife Potato Day, Over Rankeilour Farms, Westhall, Cupar, Fife.
July 20, 2010: North of England Potato Day, Askham Bryan, York.
July 22, 27 and 28, 2010: Potatoes in Partnership, East Lothian, Angus, Aberdeenshire. More ...

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