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  • Slug control hit by new residue limits

    Metaldehyde has been withdrawn for use on potato crops.  Levy-payers are being urged to discuss slug control plans with their agronomist, purchaser and chemical supplier to ensure they conform to new EC regulations that came into action on September 1.Potato growers will need to review slug control measures following the withdrawal of metaldehyde.The new EC regulation (No 396/2005) that...

    10 September 2011

  • PiP seminars explore industry challenges

    New priorities for aphid control, consumer attitudes and the latest on industry efforts to measure potato’s carbon footprint were the focus of seminars at last month’s Potatoes in Practice (PiP) near Dundee.  Sponsored by Potato Council and hosted by SCRI, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and CSC Potatocare, record numbers came to see the latest potato-related research.The potato is a...

    10 September 2011

  • 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

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