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  • Compaction – prevention is better than cure

    Prevention is better than cure when it comes to soil compaction, CSF’s Anglia Regional Co-ordinator Nigel Simpson told growers at the recent East Midlands potato day. A survey by Cambridge University Farm has shown that two thirds of fields growing crops had compacted soils. Combined with this, results from other research carried out on other fields has indicated an average yield loss of twenty...

    2 August 2011

  • Potato Council to update PCN model

    With the recent change in legislation on PCN, Potato Council is looking to revise its successful PCN model. The original model was designed in 2005 as an educational and management tool for the control of Globodera pallida, and was planned to be future-proof. This was always a bold claim, but it has stood the test of time due to the flexibility that was designed into the model.The current model...

    2 August 2011

  • Protecting seed crops from Dickeya-blackleg threat

    Data from the recently approved project on ‘Dickeya solani’ will be collated over three years to result in a comprehensive picture with a view to recommending appropriate control measures. Although not a quarantine disease, Dickeya is an increasing threat to the potato industry and has become a major cause of seed downgrading and rejections in Northern Europe.The newly emerging species, proposed...

    2 August 2011

  • Potato growers benefit from combined AHDB resources

    “Levy-payers are starting to benefit from combined resources and elimination of duplication, brought about by the amalgamation of the six industry-funded levy bodies into the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB),” Mr Stevenson told 200 growers and purchasers at the Potato Council’s East Midlands Potato Day held at QV Foods near Spalding. “The potato industry faces significant...

    2 August 2011

  • Potato Council enhances engagement with levy payers

    Potato industry delegates heard about how to address some of the current industry challenges at the North of England Potato Day on July 20 at Askham Bryan College Farm in Yorkshire. Opening the seminar, Potato Council chairman Allan Stevenson emphasised that Potato Council is enhancing its programme of engagement with everyone involved in the industry. “We are increasing our dialogue with...

    2 August 2011

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