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  • Tackling threats is key to sustained growth

    Erwinia, Potato Virus A and rising input costs are just some of the threats for British seed growers that were explored at the Seed Industry Event workshops.  Delegates discussed how managing these challenges will be as important as acting on the sector’s significant opportunities.Strong export figures headline a 10-year period of consistent growth for the British seed industry, Potato...

    11 September 2011

  • Varietal optimisation of ethylene use

    A three-year study started at Cranfield University and Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit (SBEU) in August this year to understand how taste and health-related compounds are affected in tubers when ethylene is used during storage.A new study aims to plug the knowledge gap that exists on which potato varieties respond most effectively to ethylene treatment and how texture and taste is influenced....

    11 September 2011

  • New CIPC rates mean planning is vital

    Store managers are urged to review chlorpropham (CIPC) product labels.  New application rates are in place and it’s vital that applications are carefully planned to ensure they follow label recommendations.New limits apply to CIPC applications, following a review by PSD.  In addition, some products have been re-registered which has resulted in significant label changes.  However,...

    11 September 2011

  • 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

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