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  • Prove your pesticide prowess on potatoes

    More than 160 growers attended Potato Council’s Yorkshire Potato Day, held at Central Science Laboratory near York March 11.  High on the agenda were the technical challenges of keeping production threats at bay with a reduced pesticide armoury.More cultural control and care with chemicals are on the cards for UK potato growers, according to speakers at Potato Council’s Yorkshire Potato Day...

    12 September 2011

  • New blight funding approved

    Potato Council has recently commissioned a major new project for a further three seasons to ensure levy-payers have the most up-to-date information on blight.  A new element of the research will seek to understand how current blight populations are influenced by temperature and humidity.New Potato Council blight research, involving the collaborative efforts of SCRI, Scottish Agricultural...

    12 September 2011

  • Keen as mustard

    A new Potato Council-funded project has started this year to understand how natural gases produced by mustard plants could help reduce Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) populations.Potato Council has invested in a new study to understand an Integrated Pest Management approach to Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN).  “Studies in the USA and Australia have reported encouraging results using mustard for PCN...

    12 September 2011

  • Improve your marketable yield

    Potato Council is urging growers to attend a series of grower meetings and events this summer that will explain the scope of Potato Council-funded research at Cambridge University Farm (CUF) and the opportunities to improve marketable yield on your own farm.Look out for a number of Potato Council events and activities taking place this year, including an open day at Cambridge University Farm (CUF...

    12 September 2011

  • Where does energy go in winter?

    With low ambient temperatures, you wouldn’t expect high energy use from potato stores for the last few weeks.  Surprisingly, some monitored stores have shown a steady energy use even though little cooling has been required.  FEC Services Andrew Kneeshaw offers advice and tips on minimising usage.There have been a couple of reasons for high energy use in Potato Council-monitored potato...

    12 September 2011

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