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  • Grower collaborations project indicates initial success

    Putting Cambridge University Farm (CUF) research into practice has brought cost benefits for North Norfolk crisping grower James Harrison.  He will share the positive results from Potato Council-funded research on plant spacing and nitrogen rates at the Cambridge University Potato Growers Research Association (CUPGRA) conference on December 17 and 18, 2008.North Norfolk grower James Harrison...

    11 September 2011

  • Time to plan nematode control

    Complete your PCN counts and understand what needs to be done well ahead of planting, advises the Potato Council.  The potato cyst nematode (PCN) model is available on CD free to levy-payers to understand the impact of their plans for next season.The potential loss of plant protection products, including nematicides, under the proposed EU Pesticides Directive (91/414) means it is more...

    11 September 2011

  • Pesticide case studies help growers take action

    The Potato Council has commissioned ADAS and SAC to produce case studies on the impact of reduced pesticide availability.  Reports on the control of potato cyst nematodes (PCN) and weeds highlight the impact to growers.New case studies have revealed potato growers are set to lose thousands of pounds per hectare if proposals to ban key herbicides and nematicides go ahead.Potato Council is...

    10 September 2011

  • Impact of reduced pesticide availability

    Potato Council has published a report showing the consequences of proposed changes to EU pesticide rules for control of nematodes and weeds. See also: a recent report from Cranfield University What price protection? by Sean Rickard, which proposes that potato prices could double if amendments currently before the European Parliament are passed and accepted (page 13 of the report)....

    10 September 2011

  • Two-pronged approach targets tuber diseases

    A new project is investigating novel ways to apply seed tuber fungicides and diagnostics, aiming to improve control of major skin diseases.  As part of the project, Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit is looking for samples of crops susceptible to skin spot. A two-module project is underway that aims to tackle tuber diseases from two angles.  While Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and...

    10 September 2011

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