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  • Do you know how to distinguish and control Alternaria, or early blight?

     Although not in the same league as late blight, it is important to understand the potentially damaging effects of Alternaria At Potato Council’s recent Winter Forum West in Shropshire, John Keer of Richard Austin Agriculture told a room full of growers and industry what we know about Alternaria and the way in which the two species can affect potato crops.  John advised...

    3 February 2014

  • Potato Council to launch new ‘Damage Awareness’ campaign at BP2013

    Only once every two years is the whole GB supply-chain together under one roof, that’s why BP2013, jointly sponsored by Grimme and Branston, is the ideal opportunity for Potato Council to launch its ‘Damage Awareness’ campaign at Harrogate on 27-28 November. Led by Claire Hodge, Technical Executive at Potato Council, the campaign focuses on optimising machinery and potato...

    24 November 2013

  • Fertiliser calculator on show at BP2013

    Use Potato Council’s new online fertiliser calculator to produce fertiliser recommendations for your potato crops.The new calculator has been developed to compliment Potato Council’s Crop Nutrition for Potatoes guide, which has just been updated, and goes beyond what can be achieved easily in print. The calculator not only covers England and Wales using RB209, but also the SRUC...

    24 November 2013

  • Important reminders from the Slingsby cultivation and nematicide demonstration trials

    Summer 2013 saw Potato Council sponsor field trials in Slingsby, when Matt Smallwood of SAC Consulting and John Sarup of Spud Agronomy worked together with Yorkshire grower, Andrew Wilson to produce replicated field trials on Andrew’s farm on the Castle Howard estate.  These trials examined a range of primary and secondary cultivation methods, nematicide application methods and...

    24 November 2013

  • Come to BP2013 and test drive the Arable Benchmark tool

    A visit to the Potato Council stand next week at BP2013 is the perfect place to come and review your costs by test driving the latest tool to help you manage your arable business. “Understanding your costs allows you to analyse risk and opportunity and make well calculated decisions for return on investment, capital input and land commitment,” explains Phil Bradshaw, who runs the...

    24 November 2013