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Grower Gateway - June 2011

Publication Date: 
28 July 2011

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

Nominations sought for prestigious potato industry award
AHDB Potatoes is seeking nominations for this year's British Potato Industry Award. This prestigious honour is presented to an individual recognised for his or her outstanding contribution to the British potato industry. More...


Potato yields need to improve, says AHDB chief scientist
Potato yields need to make a stepped increase to cope with global demand, declared Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chief scientist Prof. Ian Crute at the AHDB Potatoes West Midlands Potato Day. More...


Water efficiency vital
AHDB Potatoes is urging growers to maximise water use efficiency after one of the driest springs for over a century (Met Office). Parts of the Anglian region are officially in a state of drought recently declared by Defra and the Environment Agency. More...


New free service for Red Tractor Assurance growers
Red Tractor Assurance fresh produce members now have exclusive free access to the latest information on approved plant protection products. More...


Harvesting – are your employees trained?
Harvesting, rated by the Health and Safety Executive as a high risk activity, can claim injuries or even deaths if workers are not properly trained, says AHDB Potatoes technical executive Phil Bradshaw. More...


South East Potato Day
Don’t miss this year’s South East Potato Day at Quex Park Estate, Birchington, Kent on June 23 where industry specialists will be on-hand to discuss a range of topical issues such as new legislation and ever-increasing demands for quality. More ...


McCain Foods boss and Asda category director to speak at East Midlands Potato Day
McCain Foods Regional CEO Nick Vermont and Asda category director Rick Bourne will be speaking at this year’s East Midlands Potato Day, offering industry delegates a unique opportunity to hear about recent developments in the processing and fresh sectors. More ...


Fife Potato Day may help you save ££££s
Money-saving strategies will be the focus of this year’s Fife Potato Day on July 19 at Over Rankeilour Farms, Westhall, Cupar, Fife. With ever-increasing fertiliser and energy prices, many growers are feeling the pinch and will welcome the opportunity to quiz specialists on how to control costs. More ...


Make a date for Potatoes in Practice
Dr Gerry Saddler of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) will be urging growers to play their part in minimising the risk to plant health at this year’s Potatoes in Practice to be held on August 11 at Balruddery Farm near Dundee. More ...


Planting Returns
Following late production of returns this year for which we apologise, deadlines have been extended to 24th June. To find out more about submitting returns online click here.


Meetings, events and publications


PCL Events


June 23: South East Potato Day. More...


July 5: East Midlands Potato Day


July 19: Fife Potato Day, Fife


July 21: South West Potato Day


August 11: Potatoes in Practice, Dundee. Click here for details on seminars and trials


September 1: East of England Potato Day


September 13: North of England Potato Day at Colton, York.


November 23-24: BP2011, Harrogate



Other Events

September 7, 8, 2011: Potato Europe in Belgium.


May 27-30, 2012: World Potato Congress, Edinburgh




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):

Growers’ advice The Water Framework Directive and how it will impact on potato growers. To download a copy go to the Growers Advice area.

Contact publications on your free copies.

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