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  • New plant health risk register

     January 20th saw the launch of Defra’s Plant Health Risk Register, which is now publicly available. The Plant Health Risk Register represents a major step in implementing the recommendations of the independent Task Force on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity.     It is a tool for government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases...

    3 February 2014

  • Seed potato health vital for growers – and the entire industry

    With growers becoming increasingly aware of the significance of plant health and bio-security, the seed potato team at Potato Council have been working hard with plant health authorities to encourage the potato industry to grow only healthy seed potatoes. Robert Burns, head of seed and export at Potato Council and a former government plant health expert, is keen to communicate this message,...

    3 February 2014

  • 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

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