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  • An expensive time for storage

    Most potatoes are now out of store but there may still be a few small loads hanging on till the end of season. FEC Services’ Andrew Kneeshaw offers advice and tips on keeping storage costs down.As the last loads remain in store, it is important to be aware that costs can be very high, especially if you only have 100 tonnes sat in the end of a 1,000 tonne store. The main reasons for this are...

    30 August 2011

  • Precision farming offers stewardship solution

    A precision-farming workshop at East Midlands Potato Day concluded there is not enough independent research to validate findings. But there is huge potential for Autosteer precision guidance to develop efficiencies for the industry and the technology holds promise to address impending tighter regulation of inputs.Potato growers are sceptical of the benefits available through variable-rate...

    30 August 2011

  • New test to spot crop that’s got rot

    A new LINK-funded project aims to give growers and packhouse managers a quick and early test to gauge risk of rotting. If successful it could reduce food waste and increase consumer and retailer confidence in the quality of fresh produce.An innovative project is underway to find a test that could reduce some of the estimated 6.7 million tonnes of avoidable household food waste produced each...

    30 August 2011

  • Dundee event promises innovative answers

    Potatoes in Practice (PiP), Britain’s biggest field-based event for the potato industry in 2009, takes place on Thursday August 13. Sponsored by Potato Council and hosted by SCRI, SAC and CSC Potatocare, it has moved to a new site at Balruddery Farm, Invergowrie, Dundee.Potatoes in Practice (PiP), Britain’s biggest field-based event for the potato industry in 2009, takes place at a new venue –...

    30 August 2011

  • Potato Council delivers response to spray loss threat

    Over 200 potato growers and industry representatives who attended Potato Council’s East Midlands Potato Day heard how new EU directives could wipe more than a third off crop gross margins. Potato Council has now issued its strategy to help mitigate the impact.The potato industry has in place a robust research and knowledge transfer strategy that should help minimise financial losses growers will...

    30 August 2011

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