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  • Training course on CIPC

    A new BASIS training course developed on behalf of the Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group will help ensure that everyone recommending the use of key sprout suppressant CIPC is properly qualified to do so. The two-day programme is aimed specifically at store managers and CIPC applicators will be rolled out this autumn.“Anyone recommending the use of CIPC has to be BASIS qualified,” says Dr...

    2 August 2011

  • Storage preparation

    Growers must check that CIPC fogging machines have been tested before they are put to use this autumn. Since the start of this year all machines, whether contractor-operated or grower-owned, have to go through the National Sprayer Testing Scheme, a key part of the Voluntary Initiative which aims to ensure machinery delivers pesticides efficiently with minimal impact on the environment.“The test...

    2 August 2011

  • Top ten tips for storage

    Adrian Cunnington, Head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, suggests some key issues to be thinking about ahead of your potato storage this autumn. 1. PlanningGood planning is critical to any storage situation. Think about matching stores to varieties, potential loading date, storage duration and any chemical use. Try to minimise costs by using your most efficient stores for the longest...

    2 August 2011

  • New research facility to be opened at Sutton Bridge Storage Event

    New research stores at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) will be officially opened on September 2 by the government spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change, Lord Taylor of Holbeach and Potato Council chairman Allan Stevenson. Potato industry delegates are invited to attend seminars focusing on issues such as long-term energy savings and sustainability, as well as looking round the...

    2 August 2011

  • CIPC: Use it properly or lose it

    Growers should not delay using CIPC, as the sprout suppressant should be applied while tubers are still dormant. Technologist Adrian Briddon from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBSRC) reminds growers that, over the whole season, packing potatoes can receive up to only 36g / tonne of the sprout suppressant CIPC and processing potatoes up to 63.75g / tonne.“Once sprouting occurs, store...

    2 August 2011

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