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Successful sprout suppression workshop at AHDB Agronomists’ Conference

Publication Date: 
13 December 2018
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Author/Contact: 
Stuart Baxter

More than sixty delegates attended the workshop on potato storage and quality, delivered as part of the first potatoes-focused day of the Agronomists’ conference. The workshop was facilitated by storage specialists Adrian Cunnington, Glyn Harper and Adrian Briddon.

Delegates were given the opportunity to share what challenges they would likely be faced with in a potential post-CIPC scenario for storage in smaller groups. This included a range of topics that spanned the entire supply chain. CIPC residues, working with fewer actives, energy efficiency of stores and the role of retailers and processors in accepting CIPC alternatives features high on the agenda.

Solutions were also discussed and included breeding for longer dormancy and sugar stability, together with more effective supply chain management e.g. stock build-up for processing. More innovative solutions like the use of a reward system for long-term storage or the development of novel chemicals were also touched upon.

The workshop was also an opportunity to update delegates on the ongoing work at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR), SPot trials, and the upcoming KE programme largely focusing on sprout suppression. In the research trials so far, mint oil and ethylene are performing relatively well to suppress sprouts but DMN is found to be better. What is also interesting is the synergistic effect of combining actives for more efficient sprout control. SBCSR is also working on MH and is currently in the process of undertaking a review on the active, for which a questionnaire was developed and handed out at the workshop.

There is no shortage of short and longer-term solutions to the potential future of potato storage with no CIPC. Solutions are there, among all actors of potato storage and the wider supply chain. It is now vital to capitalise on those, put them into action and carry on having those conversations.

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