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14 February 2014

13 February 2014

Fabulous turnout for our Storage 2020 international Conference

Thanks to everyone who supported our Storage 2020 Conference at Peterborough. Over 250 delegates attended. Thanks in particular to our sponsors, Certis and Omnivent. It was great to see so many people at one event focusing on storage for the day.


17 January 2014

Registrations still available for our 2014 Store Managers Course

For the first time in four years the Store Managers' Course is able to go out 'on the road' again. Funding requirements, associated with the capital development undertaken at SBCSR in 2010, precluded this until this year but the 2014 course is to be held in Cheshire, close to junction 16 of the M6 motorway, providing excellent access for growers and store managers in the west.

The date for the course is 5/6 March and the venue is the Wychwood Park Hotel, near Crewe.

With increasing pressure on returns from storage and a changing landscape over the use of sprout suppressants, now is the ideal time to attend. Two days of practical, focused training on how to get the best from your storage is available at a very competitive price. Enlist now by following this link.



18 October 2013

New report on energy use in potato stores published

Potato Council has just published the final report on reduced energy use in storage, a project undertaken by Sutton Bridge CSR and Farm Energy Centre. The report summarises work which has delved deeper into potato storage operation than ever before, assessing factors such as refrigeration efficiency and air leakage. Variability across the stores assessed remained large (as was found in the previous exploratory trial) and the work highlighted the need for attention to detail in building construction, store management practices and maintenance programmes if costs are to be controlled and returns from storage maximised.


17 October 2013

New 'Be CIPC Compliant' store diaries available: call 0800 02 82 111 to order your free copy



   16 October 2013

ACP review reports 

CIPC remains firmly under the spotlight

This year the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) has carefully considered data on current CIPC use and industry stewardship, as official monitoring has continued to find CIPC residues that exceed the Maximum Residue Level (MRL).

At its meeting on 24 September 2013, the ACP agreed that product authorisations can continue, however the committee have serious concerns about the continued findings of residues in exceedance of the MRL.  It is a legal requirement that residues should not exceed these levels.  The Committee agreed that steps still had to be taken to meet the requirements set in 2007. The information provided did not provide them assurance that further MRL exceedances would be avoided and they have requested a number of further specific data requirements from approval holders and further residue monitoring by the industry. Continued authorisations will be dependent upon these requirements being met.

Richard Harris, of the Potato Processors’ Association, responding to the outcomes of the review, said ‘Approval holders have been asked to submit new data to protect the future of CIPC and in the meantime all supply chain businesses must adhere to label recommendations for CIPC use and work within Red Tractor protocols.’

David Walker of the Fresh Potato Suppliers’ Association added ‘It is crucial there are no further MRL exceedances and we will be stepping up industry monitoring to support the stewardship scheme.’

The ACP recognised that the CIPC stewardship has delivered valuable changes and were supportive of the continuation of the scheme. The industry needs to demonstrate it can ensure CIPC exceedances will not continue to occur. A loss of CIPC would have very serious implications for the potato industry and we all must work together to prevent any further exceedances.

Mike Storey, Chair of the Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group said ‘It is crucial for the whole industry to fully engage with the ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ campaign to ensure that best practice is adopted.’

Current best practice guidelines are available at


23 September 2013

ACP meets to review CIPC this month

CIPC will be reviewed at the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides to be held in York this month. See our latest bulletin above or visit for up to date stewardship and best practice information.


5 September 2013

See SBCSR at Potato Europe 2013

Join us on the PCL stand at Emmeloord, The Netherlands, 11-12 September