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  • 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

  • Don’t let bruising spoil your season

    According to Simon Alexander of SA Consulting, planning plays an important role in minimising bruising risks and ensuring that contract requirements are met. Speaking at the recent East Midlands Potato Day, he advised that growers should consider variety, site and end market, in order to determine the risk before planting.“Although variety choice is often dictated by contract, growers should...

    2 August 2011

  • 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

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