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Grower Gateway November / December 2008

Publication Date: 
10 September 2011

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

Seed industry must play to its strengths
With exports up and reputation never better, the mood was upbeat for more than 170 growers, merchants, seed suppliers, packers and processors who gathered at AHDB Potatoes Seed Industry Event near Perth on October 30. More ...


Tackling threats is key to sustained growth
Erwinia, Potato Virus A and rising input costs are just some of the threats for British seed growers that were explored at the Seed Industry Event workshops. Delegates discussed how managing these challenges will be as important as acting on the sector’s significant opportunities. More ...


Varietal optimisation of ethylene use
A three-year study at Cranfield University and Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit (SBEU) started in August this year to understand how taste and health-related compounds are affected in tubers when ethylene is used during storage. More ...


New CIPC rates mean planning is vital
Store managers are urged to review chlorpropham (CIPC) product labels. New application rates are in place and it’s vital that applications are carefully planned to ensure they follow label recommendations.  More ...


Vigilance vital to maintain crop quality
The latest Storage Bulletin from Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit has information on rots and black dot levels coming in to store, and advice on how to keep problems in check. The energy hub has tips for keeping draughts and leaks to a minimum.  More ...


Grower collaborations project indicates initial success
Putting Cambridge University Farm (CUF) research into practice has brought cost benefits for North Norfolk crisping grower James Harrison. He will share the positive results from AHDB Potatoes-funded research on plant spacing and nitrogen rates at the Cambridge University Potato Growers Research Association (CUPGRA) conference on December 17 and 18, 2008. More ...


Time to plan nematode control
Complete your PCN counts and understand what needs to be done well ahead of planting, advises the AHDB Potatoes. The potato cyst nematode (PCN) model is available on CD free to levy-payers to understand the impact of their plans for next season.  More ...


Brush up your storage skills
Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit is holding store managers’ course on February 25 and 26, 2009 at Burton-on-Trent. For details and to sign up, call or email Kate Balloch – 01406 359418.


Forums plan for the future
Stakeholder meetings on marketable yield and blight are due to take place in Peterborough on Monday February 09 and Tuesday February 10 respectively. To find out more about current AHDB Potatoes activities in these areas, take a look at and the blight home page

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