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  • Appeal to adhere to metaldehyde stewardship

    An appeal to farmers to take metaldehyde stewardship seriously for the slug pelleting season ahead has been made, as Defra, the Environment Agency and the water companies make clear their recognition of its importance to agriculture.    Defra water quality spokesman Matthew Hampshire has outlined that minimising the negative impact on agricultural and crop protection industry is a key...

    25 July 2014

  • Angus event helps growers tackle PCN ‘creep’

    Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) was the topic of the afternoon at this new technical event held this July at the family farm of John Reid at Newmill of Balgavies, near Forfar. PCN was identified as one of the top five issues facing the industry as a whole during Potato Council’s 2013 “Direction through Dialogue” discussions throughout 2013. Welcoming the large audience of growers and industry to the...

    24 July 2014

  • Future proofing Cheshire potatoes

    Cheshire potato growers gathered at Aston Grange Farm near Runcorn, at the end of June, 2014 to discuss the opportunities for the local crop at Potato Council’s Cheshire Potato event.   Host farmers Andrew and Steve Shaw opened their farm gates to growers serious about the future of the Cheshire potato industry.   Opening the event, Potato Council’s director, Dr Rob Clayton, urged...

    16 July 2014

  • East Midlands Potato Day 2014

    Around 200 potato growers, advisors and agronomists met at QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn, near Spalding, at the start of July 2014, for Potato Council’s (PCL’s) seventh East Midlands Potato Day.   “You will see crops on this farm today as good as they have been for years,” stated host and QV Foods chairman Duncan Worth, as he opened the event. “There’s plenty of old crop around too. Quite simply...

    11 July 2014

  • Potato Industry Stewardship Group announce new CIPC product label changes

    New statutory product label changes to Chlorpropham (CIPC) were announced by the Potato Industry Stewardship Group at Potato Council’s 50 years of Storage Research event in Lincolnshire last week.   Around 94% of UK post-harvest treatments use CIPC, which is applied to  around 3.5m tonnes of potatoes stored each year in c.2,500 stores by around 1,000 growers.   New application...

    9 July 2014

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