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Grower Gateway September 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).

PiP seminars explore industry challenges
New priorities for aphid control, consumer attitudes and the latest on industry efforts to measure potato’s carbon footprint were the focus of seminars at last month’s Potatoes in Practice (PiP) near Dundee. Sponsored by AHDB Potatoes and hosted by SCRI, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and CSC PotatoCare, record numbers came to see the latest potato-related research.  More ...


Project aims for designer crops
A crop canopy tailor-made for the conditions it is growing in is the aim of a new three-year research project at Cambridge University Farm. It will help generate savings in nitrogen use and could boost marketable yield, say researchers.  More ...


Cool new way to save energy
As thoughts turn to cooling the harvested crop, FEC Services’ Andrew Kneeshaw looks at how ambient temperature affects refrigeration efficiency and explores a research project that is investigating ground source refrigeration.  More ...


Weather throws up storage challenge
Persistent high levels of rainfall are bringing mud-caked crop into store, while the risk of black dot is high. The latest Storage Bulletin from Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit has valuable advice on how to prepare crop and store to ensure quality throughout the season.  More ...


Black dot guide launched
Years of AHDB Potatoes-funded research into black dot has been brought together and summarised in a new guide. Based on research carried out by Scottish Agricultural College, SCRI, ADAS and Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit, it highlights the management factors associated with the disease.  More ...


New NVZ rules spur on N-rate rethink
New Nitrate Vulnerable Zone regulations come into force on January 1, 2009, and follow a year of sustained fertiliser price rises. Growers are urged to review application plans and make use of published research material to help inform judicious savings.  More...


Seed event rises to the challenges ahead
AHDB Potatoes Seed Industry Event takes place on October 30, 2008, at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, near Perth in Scotland.  Now in a new one-day format, it’s the event at which the British seed potato industry gets together to address the key issues that face the sector.  More...


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