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  • Another unique season

    In the final push to get the store doors closed on the last of the 2014 crop, safeguarding store quality is going to be vital.   A complex mix of factors come into play each season which provide a varying crop position together with different quality challenges that influence market conditions.    “The most extreme in recent years (see graph) include the crop shortage and high...

    5 November 2014

  • Keeping sprouts at bay

    During September nationwide CIPC Stewardship meetings focused on the new 2014/15 label requirements, Best Practice for CIPC use and the ways alternatives can complement a successful sprout suppression regime.     In July, the CIPC Approval Holders announced new label rates for 2014/15. These are now 30 grams/tonne for the fresh market and 58 g/t for processing.    The...

    5 November 2014

  • SASA and Potato Council investigate Blackleg and plant health

    Professor Gerry Saddler, Head of Potato and Plant Health Division at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) is joining the Potato Council for a short, part-time secondment. The focus of Gerry’s work will be Blackleg management.    Recent years have seen a fall in the numbers of Pre-Basic (PB) seed growers which results in greater commercial pressures on this community....

    5 November 2014

  • New developments in Cultivations and Nematicides application

    Optimising marketable yield was a key theme at Potato Council’s North West Potato Day. Videos were taken so that levy payers unable to attend could get a flavour of the Potato Council-funded Cultivation and Nematicide trials that were on show.   Around 70 growers, purchasers and advisers gathered in September at Hollin House Green Farm in Aughton, Lancashire. Innovative host farmer Andrew...

    5 November 2014

  • PCN species distribution map of Great Britain

    As part of a Potato Council PhD studentship at Harper Adams University we are developing a new PCN species distribution map of Great Britain to update previous survey work conducted 1998-1999, by Harper Adam’s researcher Stephen Minnis. Since the last survey was undertaken nearly 15 years ago, it is critical that the current populations of this pest are fully evaluated, which is why measurements...

    5 November 2014

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