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  • 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.As fertiliser prices continue to rise sharply, a new Potato Council-funded research project has got underway that promises to deliver real savings in...

    10 September 2011

  • Black dot guide launched

    Years of Potato Council-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.Potatoes in Practice 2008 marked a milestone for control of the major skin disease black dot with the...

    10 September 2011

  • 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.New regulations have been issued by Defra governing the use of fertilisers and manures.  With fertiliser prices at least double last...

    10 September 2011

  • PiP solutions to potato challenges

    Potatoes in Practice, Britain’s most important field gathering for the potato industry in 2008, takes place at Gourdie Farm, by Invergowrie, Dundee on Thursday August 7.  It’s a unique opportunity for farmers, advisers and others to view the latest industry and government-supported research at a single site.You’ve probably noticed that there’s been a seismic shift in priorities for the...

    6 September 2011

  • Industry's finest sought for award

    Potato Council is seeking nominations for this year's British Potato Industry Award.  The award is presented to an individual recognised for their outstanding contribution to the British potato industry.Exemplary business leadership skills, outstanding contribution to potato research, a great champion of the industry – these are among the qualities that have been recognised by the British...

    6 September 2011

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