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  • Varieties and PCN tolerance

    New research to discover which varieties cope best with potato cyst nematode infestations could help growers lift yields for no extra cost. The three-year trial, funded by Potato Council, breeders and DuPont, started this season on light land in Lincolnshire.It is evaluating 14 different salad, ware and processing varieties for their resistance and tolerance to Globodera pallida, considered the...

    2 August 2011

  • Waste products could become valuable packaging

    Off-spec potatoes and waste products from processing plants could become a valuable source of innovative packaging to replace high-tech plastics used for red meat sales. The three-year project, co-funded by DEFRA and DECC, already has Potato Council backing and the support of several packaging manufacturers and Sainsbury’s. Dr Fowler is now seeking a potato industry partner to supply the waste...

    2 August 2011

  • Growers address regional challenges at Potato Days

    Industry delegates have received practical advice at Potato Days. Growers in Kent and adjacent counties attending the South East Potato Day debated with the speakers subjects close to their hearts, such as the use of compost and the local impact of water legislation. At the well-attended event , held close to the sea on Midsummer’s Day, June 24 at Quex Barn in Birchington, growers were...

    2 August 2011

  • New BASIS certificate of competence for pesticides used on stored potatoes

    A new two-day BASIS course will take place in the Jubilee Room, Dunhome, Lincoln on August 31, September 1 and 23, 2010. It has been developed for those who sell pesticides for treatment of stored potato crops but are not involved with advice or sales relating to field products and therefore do not need a full BASIS certificate in crop protection.The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection is a...

    2 August 2011

  • Reducing the impact of sclerotinia disease on arable rotations, vegetable crops and land use

    Although sclerotinia is usually associated with other crops in the rotation Dr Mike Storey, Head of R&D explains that  infection can occur in potato and may cause early dieback of the haulm and occasionally tuber rots in store. Potato Council is now involved with other AHDB partners in a Defra-LINK project looking at the impact of this disease and options for chemical control and...

    2 August 2011

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